A heated rivalry

Good late afternoon, Trash Talk fans! Chris Jenkins and Roger Newkirk of The RootDC here, getting ready for tonight’s showdown in Big D. It’s the 103rd time these two hated rivals have squared off since 1960. We’ll be taking in the game at Optimism Bar and Lounge in Northeast DC if anyone wants to join.

For all you Skins/Cowboys history buffs, there’s this interesting look back detailing the history of the rivalry.

In the meantime, here’s a little breakdown on tonight’s game courtesy of Mike Jones, of the Post’s sports section.

Key for the Redskins

“Linebackers Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan both have been disruptive in the first two weeks of the season and will look to continue their progress. Both will be going up against athletic tackles but have a chance to post another big day. The Redskins need Orakpo and Kerrigan to get to Romo often and force him into either coughing up the ball or throwing interceptions, as he is prone to do when under pressure”

Key for the Cowboys

Tight End Jason Witten is a tough matchup regardless of who’s covering him, and because the Cowboys like to move him around, defending him will be a team effort. Some plays it could be either Orakpo or Kerrigan, other times they could receive some safety help. With Austin out, Romo will likely look to Witten to help move the chains. In two games, Witten has 13 catches for 212 yards, which led all tight ends entering Week 3.

Redskins fans have been licking their chops for the last 8 days, with the belief that the ‘Skins are onto something after two wins to open the season. Cowboy fans, meanwhile, seem like they’re sending prayers and medical supplies to a team that more resembles a mash unit: Major injuries at wide receiver -Miles Austin is out, Dez Bryant is still nursing a bruised thigh- and on the O-Line.

Nonetheless, this is no game for the weak-willed on the trash talk side of things. No one cares if your team is black and blue, fans are just looking to talk some junk. Let’s get to it and see you tomorrow at 11:00 AM for the weekly Trash Talk hour here at The RootDC.

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