'Skins' secondary due busy day vs. Cowboys

Speedy Dallas receivers form `a dangerous group'

Pro Football

October 31, 2003|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

ASHBURN, Va. - Few people are likely to mistake Dallas Cowboys wide receivers Joey Galloway, Terry Glenn and Antonio Bryant for Marvin Harrison, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens.

But like that trio of perennial Pro Bowl receivers, Galloway, Glenn and Bryant have earned the respect of the Washington Redskins (3-4), who will meet the Cowboys (5-2) at Texas Stadium at 4:15 p.m. Sunday.

"They're a dangerous group," said cornerback Champ Bailey, a three-time Pro Bowl selection. "We're aware of that. I've played them before. I know what they can do."

Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington, who isn't one to compliment opposing coaches or players, went a step further, calling Galloway, Glenn and Bryant "the best receiving corps in the NFL."

That might be hyperbole, but there's little doubt that one of the Cowboys' strengths is the wide receiver position.

Glenn - who was acquired from the Green Bay Packers this past offseason - is enjoying a revival under Bill Parcells, who was the New England coach when Glenn was drafted by the Patriots in 1996.

Glenn leads the team in receptions with 26 for 359 yards and four touchdowns.

Galloway, who gained 908 yards on 61 catches last season, has 21 this year for a team-high 410 yards and one touchdown.

Bryant, a second-year pro who tied Galloway last year for the team lead in touchdown receptions with six, has caught 15 passes for 304 yards and a touchdown.

The speedy threesome is particularly difficult to defend because there is no single receiver that Cowboys quarterback Quincy Carter favors.

"You can't just focus on one guy because if you do, the others will burn you," said Washington free safety Matt Bowen. "Those guys can fly down the field. I haven't seen a group of receivers since I've been in the league that can run like that and really change the outcome of the game."

The Redskins secondary's assignment has become more difficult with starting cornerback Fred Smoot (fractured sternum) listed as doubtful and backup Rashad Bauman (sprained left ankle) questionable for the game.

If Bauman can't go, that would force the team to start former starting strong safety David Terrell at cornerback, with safety Todd Franz and rookie cornerback Ade Jimoh in reserve.

"It's a big opportunity for them," defensive backs coach George Catavolos said. "I think they've got to be excited about going against a caliber of receivers in the type of offensive attack that Dallas presents. ... The other young men have to step up and do the job."

Bailey said he has no reservations about playing alongside them Sunday.

"Every guy that we have back there has experience," Bailey said. "They're a little out of position, but they can play it. I'm very confident that we can get it done with the group we have."

Next for Redskins

Matchup:Washington Redskins (3-4) vs. Dallas Cowboys (5-2)

Site:Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas

Time:4:15 p.m.

TV/Radio:Chs. 45, 5/WNAV (1430 AM), WJFK (106.7 FM)

Line:Cowboys by 4

NFL standings

American Conference

North

W L T Pct. PF PA

Ravens 4 3 0 .571 160 132

Cincinnati 3 4 0 .429 138 156

Cleveland 3 5 0 .375 115 130

Pittsburgh 2 5 0 .286 132 179

East

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New England 6 2 0 .750 154 129

Miami 5 2 0 .714 144 87

Buffalo 4 4 0 .500 143 148

N.Y. Jets 2 5 0 .286 111 118

South

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Indianapolis 6 1 0 .857 208 126

Tennessee 6 2 0 .750 224 167

Houston 2 5 0 .286 121 200

Jacksonville 1 6 0 .143 127 184

West

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Kansas City 8 0 0 1.000 246 130

Denver 5 3 0 .625 184 141

Oakland 2 5 0 .286 125 161

San Diego 1 6 0 .143 125 195

National Conference

North

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Minnesota 6 1 0 .857 196 133

Green Bay 3 4 0 .429 200 166

Chicago 2 5 0 .286 121 192

Detroit 1 6 0 .143 117 184

East

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Dallas 5 2 0 .714 150 116

Philadelphia 4 3 0 .571 119 136

N.Y. Giants 3 4 0 .429 134 140

Washington 3 4 0 .429 135 171

South

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Carolina 6 1 0 .857 141 125

Tampa Bay 4 3 0 .571 150 97

New Orleans 3 5 0 .375 172 191

Atlanta 1 6 0 .143 114 220

West

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Seattle 5 2 0 .714 170 131

St. Louis 5 2 0 .714 203 129

San Francisco 3 5 0 .375 172 142

Arizona 2 5 0 .286 98 193

Week 9

Sunday's games

Matchup (Line) Time TV Jacksonville at Ravens (-7) 1 p.m. 13 Oakland (-3) at Detroit 1 p.m. San Diego at Chicago (-2 1/2 ) 1 p.m. N.Y. Giants (-2 1/2 ) at N.Y. Jets 1 p.m. 5 43 Carolina (-6 1/2 ) at Houston (off) 1 p.m. Indianapolis at Miami (-3) 1 p.m. 9 New Orleans at Tampa Bay (-8) 1 p.m. Pittsburgh at Seattle (-4 1/2 ) 4:05 p.m. Cincinnati (-3) at Arizona 4:05 p.m. Washington at Dallas (-4) 4:15 p.m. 45 5 Philadelphia (-4 1/2 ) at Atlanta 4:15 p.m. 43 St. Louis (-3) at San Fran. 4:15 p.m. Green Bay at Minnesota (-4 1/2 ) 8:30 p.m. ESPN

Monday's game

New England at Denver (-2) 9 p.m. 2 7

Open date

Buffalo, Kansas City, Tennessee, Cleveland

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