Ah, yes. This week we get a poopfest between Washington and the Dallas Cowboys. A pair of franchises that are historic, considered one of the best rivalries in football, and bad owners. The perfect recipe.
Coming into this season, we would have expected this game to be a little bit more intriguing, and perhaps even hold some NFC East implications. That hasn’t been the case, with both teams sitting at 5-6 on the season, while the Eagles are comfortably at the top with a 10-1 record.
The Cowboys have been sliding since Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension, and Washington has just kind of been up and down this season. This game could be great, but it could also be terrible.
Here’s why you should watch it anyway.
Josh Norman vs. Dez Bryant
Josh Norman is the best in the NFL at getting underneath the skin of the opposition. He’s done it to Odell Beckham Jr., Dez Bryant, and other receivers.
But he and Bryant developed a bit of a feud the past couple of seasons. It’s included shots over money that was made:
Josh Norman looks at media standing outside the locker room: "Hey, they need to get Dez's 70 mil back."— Michael Florek (@michaelflorek) November 27, 2015
To which Bryant fired back a year later after a Thanksgiving win, “First off,” he told reporters, “Washington needs to get their money back from Josh Norman.”
“I honestly feel like the guy is extremely soft,” Bryant added. “He’s a bunch of talk. If he was out and about, I wouldn’t dare on my life let him talk to me like that.”
The two would later defuse the situation, but there’s always the chance that spark ignites again. If and when it does, I’m here for it.
The QB matchup, even if Dak Prescott is struggling
Kirk Cousins is playing for a contract, and Dak Prescott has had the coldest streak of his career.
Cousins has proven he’s a quality starter, and he knows it. “If you still need five more games, or five-plus, to make a decision, so be it, but I’d like to think that I’ve played a lot of football here,” Cousins said on his weekly appearance on 106.7 The Fan.
He’s having another solid year, but Washington is Washington. They almost never make good decisions, and by the time they want to, it’s too late.
As far as Prescott goes, we know he’s capable of great games, but without Ezekiel Elliott, and the offensive line in a funk, things have been tough for him. The past three weeks, he hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass, has five picks, and been sacked 14 times.
But then when you look at Weeks 4, 5, and 7, he threw three touchdowns in all of those games, only two interceptions, and was sacked just three times. He also had two rushing touchdowns in that stretch.
He might not turn back into that player immediately with the Cowboys trying to right the ship, but when you have a pair of talented quarterbacks like these going against each other, you have to tune in.
The result of the game has “playoff implications” for both teams
Both teams sit at 5-6 on the season. The NFC East is basically out of the question, unless the Eagles lose out and Dallas wins out. I have a hunch that’s not going to happen.
So we don’t get too into the weeds of scenarios — the loser of this game is toast. The winner is still breathing, but barely. Even if they win, you can’t feel too confident with the Panthers, Falcons, Seahawks, and Lions ahead. If Green Bay is somehow able to stay around until Aaron Rodgers possibly returns, that’s troublesome too.
Basically what I’m saying is: Both of these teams will be watching the playoffs from the crib.
If the Cowboys melt down: Jerry Jones reaction shots
The game is at home too! There’s nothing Good Ol’ Jerruh Jones hates more than losing in the place that’s nicknamed for him.
Just imagine Kirk Cousins dropping 350 and four touchdowns on that secondary Thursday night, and those precious cuts to the owners box, and Jerry looking like a miserable old man.
That’s the stuff.
Enjoy the poopfest!