Assistant head coach-defense Gregg Williams
vs. QB Drew Bledsoe
Williams lives to get inside a quarterback's head, toy with him, confuse him and ultimately sack him and force him into turnovers. Williams has an intimate knowledge of Bledsoe, who played quarterback for Williams in Buffalo when he was the head coach there, and will no doubt make the most of that information. Bledsoe's immobility is his greatest detriment -- making him a hearty target for Williams's schemes -- but he also has a powerful arm that can burn defenses deep should they fail to time their blitzes precisely. The Redskins' defense is intent on creating more turnovers this season -- the only missing component in their outstanding 2004 season -- and it may need to come up with at least two more tonight to reverse the Dallas curse.
FS Roy Williams vs. WR Santana Moss
Williams is a mega-physical safety who has been named to the Pro Bowl two straight seasons. His agenda is to rattle bones early, and last year his massive hit on wide receiver Laveranues Coles in Washington set the tone for a Dallas win. Like Coles, Moss is not very big and is willing to run the kind of crossing routes that put receivers in the danger zone. The Redskins are extremely thin at this position, another fact surely not lost on the Cowboys' secondary. Moss, however, has the kind of speed and elusiveness to burn defensive backs who sacrifice positioning to line up the big hit, and flashed his ability to get yards after the catch again last week. That element, and the long ball, were clearly missing from the Redskins' 2004 offense, and Washington stands to take more shots downfield tonight.