Cowboy's vs. Redskins

October 01, 1995|By VITO STELLINO

Site: RFK Stadium, Washington

Time: 1 p.m.

TV/Radio: Ch. 5/WLIF (101.9 FM)

Line: Cowboys by 13

Last week: The Redskins lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 14-6, and the Cowboys beat the Arizona Cardinals, 34-20.

The series: The Cowboys lead the series, 39-27-2, and have won the last three by 38-3, 34-7 and 31-7 margins.

On the sidelines: Second-year Redskins coach Norv Turner is 4-16 (1-9 at home). Second-year Cowboys coach Barry Switzer is 17-5.

What the Redskins have to do to win: Produce turnovers. If both teams play their game, the Cowboys have the edge, so the Redskins need a big edge in the turnover department to spring an upset.

What the Cowboys have to do to win: Avoid overconfidence. With the league's No. 2 offense, led by Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin, the Cowboys have too much firepower for a Washington defense ranked 12th -- unless the Cowboys get careless.

Outlook: The Cowboys will unleash their running game -- ranked first in the league -- against a Redskins rushing defense that is ranked 25th. As long as Smith's elbow doesn't hamper him, the Cowboys should be able to control the game and win easily.

Stellino's pick: Cowboys 31, Redskins 13 -- Jerry Jones is unveiling his new double-star blue uniforms today. Don't be surprised if he'll be selling them, too.

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