By Rich Tandler
Let’s take out the records and the Monday night hype and the talk from DeAngelo Hall and the rivalry out of it for a minute. How do the Redskins compare to the Cowboys unit to unit? Let’s take a look at the players who will be on the field tonight:
Offensive line—REDSKINS: Washington’s line is not a top unit but it is better than the Dallas line that has three inexperienced players in the interior.
Tight end—REDSKINS: Yes, Jason Witten is one of the best in the game but Fred Davis is playing extremely well right now. Chris Cooley and Martellus Bennett both have been banged up but Cooley is starter caliber when healthy and Bennett is not.
Wide receiver—REDSKINS: Dez Bryant may be the most dangerous player on the field but you can’t make much of a case that Bryant, Kevin Ogletree, and Jesse Holley are superior to Santana Moss, Jabar Gaffney, and Anthony Armstrong.
Quarterback—COWBOYS: Even with a cracked rib, Romo’s body of work is far superior to Grossman’s.
Running back—REDSKINS: Tim Hightower will be the best back on the field although Felix Jones can make some plays when healthy. Tashard Choice has a track record of some pretty good games and Roy Helu could be special but he’s only played in one game. Ryan Torain has led an NFL team in rushing for a season while DeMarco Murray is a rookie.
Defensive line—COWBOYS: Redskins nose tackle Barry Cofield would like to get to the level of Jay Ratliff but he’s not there yet. Signing Stephen Bowen away from Dallas made their line weaker but they’re still in good shape at end with Kenyon Coleman, Jas Hatcher, and Marcus Spears.
Linebacker—REDSKINS: Don’t take my word for it. My friend Jimmy of Blogging the Beast made the case that the Redskins’ 3-4 linebacking unit is the best in the NFC.
Defensive back—REDSKINS: DeAngelo Hall has his faults and Josh Wilson is still under review. But the Cowboys’ CB duo of Terence Newman and Mike Jenkins is far from anything special, either. The Redskins’ big edge is at safety with LaRon Landry and Oshiomogho Atogwe being far superior to Dallas’ Gerald Sensabaugh and Abram Elam.