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Redskins 2016 Season Preview: Dallas Cowboys, Week 12


As the Washington Redskins get closer to the start of another season, will preview all 16 of the team's regular season games, continuing with today's look against the Dallas Cowboys.

The Redskins visit Dallas on Thanksgiving for the first time since 2012, when they beat the Cowboys en route to a division title. The Cowboys haven't beaten the Redskins at home for the last two seasons.

Result Of Last Game vs. Dallas: Won 34-23 on Jan. 3, 2016

Dallas' Key additions: Signed RB Alfred Morris, DE Cedric Thornton; Drafted RB Ezekiel Elliott (Ohio St.), LB Jaylon Smith (Notre Dame), QB Dak Prescott (Miss St.)

Dallas' Key Subtractions: DE Greg Hardy (free agent), CB Brandon McGee (waived-injured), CB Terrance Mitchell (released/Texans), QB Matt Cassel (free agent/Titans), DE Jeremy Mincey (free agent)

Dallas' Pro Bowlers: K Dan Bailey, C Travis Frederick, LB Sean Lee, G Zack Martin, T Tyron Smith

Plan your Thanksgiving meal early.

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The Washington Redskins visit the Dallas Cowboys for the second and final time of 2016 at 4:30 p.m., Nov. 24, Thanksgiving day, at AT&T Stadium.

It will be the first time since 2012, when the Redskins won the NFC East division, that Washington has played on Thanksgiving. That game saw Robert Griffin III lead the team to a 38-31 victory over Dallas, throwing for 304 yards and four touchdowns while feeding Alfred Morris for 113 yards rushing and a score, the bread and butter combination that year. 

Things have changed for the Redskins since then – Kirk Cousins is now leading the team at quarterback and Morris will face the Redskins from the Cowboys sideline – though Washington has still managed to have some recent success in Jerry's World, winning three of the last four times there.

In the last two seasons, it just so happens that Colt McCoy has made an impact on the field, though in two very different scenarios. In 2014, filling in for an injured Griffin III, he led the Redskins to a 20-17 overtime victory.

Last year, to close out the regular season, he filled in for Cousins, who threw three touchdowns in the first half, and proceeded to collect one of his own to help seal the team's first winning season since 2012, beating the Cowboys 34-23.

That first half helped Cousins eclipse multiple passing records, completing 12-of-15 passes for 176 yards, digging a large hole for Kellen Moore, filling in for an injured Tony Romo, and the Cowboys, who finished with a 4-12 record.

The Cowboys overall have a winning record on Thanksgiving but they have lost four of the past five times on the holiday, including the last three.

And unlike their Week 2 matchup in Washington, the Cowboys will presumably have a few starters back on defense after serving their various suspensions -- linebacker Rolando McClain (10 weeks), defensive end Randy Gregory (four weeks) and defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence (four weeks), who led the team in sacks with eight last season.

With a healthy Tony Romo, the Redskins should be wary of several of the weapons that weren't quite as effective under the helm of Matt Cassel.

Namely, running back Lance Dunbar, coming off a season that looked bright until an ACL injury ended his 2015 season in Week 4. He recorded 215 yards and 21 receptions in three weeks and was on pace to catch the most passes of any running back in NFL history.

And, depending on Darren McFadden's injury – a broken elbow he suffered and had surgery for last month -- this game could be the first time he plays against the Redskins, though the Cowboys are hopeful he can return in time for the season opener.

All of which is to say, this game, on a shortened week, on a holiday, more than two months after these teams first play each other, will have a very different feel, and importance, to it.

Make sure you fill up your plate for this one. 

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