Redskins-Cowboys today

November 22, 1990|By Vito Stellino

Site: Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas. Time: 4 p.m.

TV: Channels 11, 9. Radio: WCAO (600 AM), WMAL (630 AM).

Last week: The Redskins beat the New Orleans Saints, 31-17, and the Cowboys upset the Los Angeles Rams, 24-21.

Line: Redskins by 6.

Last meeting: The Redskins beat the Cowboys, 19-15, in the third week of the season, although they lost quarterback Mark Rypien for seven weeks with a knee injury in the game. Darrell Green's 18-yard interception return for a touchdown gave the Redskins a 19-6 lead and provided the margin of victory.

The series: Dallas holds a 33-24-2 edge, including a 3-0 margin on Thanksgiving, but the Redskins have won six of the last eight games, including the last three meetings in Texas Stadium.

On the sidelines: Coach Joe Gibbs of the Redskins, in his 10th season, has a 107-52 record. Jimmy Johnson of the Cowboys is 5-22 in his second year. He was 52-9 at the University of Miami before joining the Cowboys.

What the Redskins have to do to win: Get another good game from quarterback Mark Rypien. If Rypien is as sharp as he was Sunday, when he threw four touchdown passes against the Saints, the Redskins should win easily. But Rypien admitted he didn't throw well in practice Tuesday, and could have trouble playing twice in five days after a long layoff.

What the Cowboys have to do to win: Create turnovers. The Redskins had a 3-1 edge in turnovers in their victory over the Cowboys in the first game this year. The Cowboys are simply too young to survive against the Redskins if they can't force some turnovers.

Injuries: The Redskins will be missing offensive lineman Mark Schlereth (ankle), and the Cowboys will be playing without rookie wide receiver Alexander Wright (ankle) and safety Vince Albritton (thigh).

Outlook: The Redskins have won their last two games at Texas Stadium by margins of 30-7 and 35-17. They should win easily again if they play the same way they did against the Saints and don't get careless.

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