In order to get a win in week eight against the rival Cowboys, there are several things they need to do.
- Contain Ezekiel Elliot; note that this does not say stop Zeke, but contain him. He has only had under 94 yards in one game this year. After three TDs last week, for the Skins to get a win, it’s crucial that Zeke be kept at around 100 yards rushing (and obviously fewer than three TDs). This means that Ryan Kerrigan and Matt Ioannidis must continue to play at a high level.
- Josh Norman (and the rest of the secondary) needs to come to play. Norman will return this week, but it is unclear whether he is in top form or not. He needs to be in top form to contain the Cowboys’ air game.
- A WR needs to establish himself as a WR1. Terrelle Pryor has not been the top wideout that the Redskins had hoped for, and Josh Doctson has not truly blossomed to fill the Desean Jackson and Pierre Garcon hole. Instead, the Redskins have routinely been led in receiving by their tight ends. To be a winning team going into the future, they need to establish a WR1.
- Chris Thompson needs to continue to be the top pass-catching back. He leads the Redskins in rushing and receiving yards, and while Rob Kelley will be taking over his rushes, it is crucial that Thompson stays involved in the passing game.