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Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 09/23/2011

Keys to the game: Redskins at Cowboys

Two things, plain and simple: Trent Williams and crowd participation.

If the Redskins are to have a chance to come away with a win in Texas for the Cowboys’ home opener, Williams had better bring his big-boy pads on Monday night. The Redskins will also have to weather the storm of the crowd’s initial emotional charge. The team will be at home for the first time this year, and after a great comeback win over the 49ers to avoid a 0-2 start.

The Redskins have not faced a team as talented as this one yet, so we will find out very quickly if this 2-0 start is the real deal.

Williams will have the toughest job of anyone on Monday, taking on one of the most dominant pass rushers in the league.

DeMarcus Ware is on a tear right now with sacks and Williams has been less than stellar so far this season. He will need to find his A-game for Ware or Rex Grossman will be in some serious trouble all day, and we all know what can happen if Grossman is in trouble.

If Williams can hold up under the pressure, it will force Anthony Spencer on the other side to pick up the slack, and I like that matchup between Jammal Brown and Spencer.

Slow down Ware and the offense will have success. Weather the storm with the crowd and work to take them out of the game as quickly as possible.

If the Redskins’ offense can keep a big play from happening, it will quiet the crowd. If the defense can shut down Tony Romo in the passing game, they will take the crowd completely out of the game. I don't see the Cowboys running the ball with success.

If the Redskins can keep executing like they did in the first two games this season, they should be able to pull this one out.

Prediction: Redskins win a close one, 24-21.

By  |  11:24 AM ET, 09/23/2011

 
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