Dallas Cowboys (7-7) at Washington Redskins (3-11)
Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, at FedEx Field, Landover, Md. - TV: FOX
*TV announcers: Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Erin Andrews
*Keys to the game: Rallying physically and emotionally after late-game letdowns is a hurdle for each team. Dallas can sweep the season series but the Cowboys are destined for another heart-pumping finish if the defense cannot get stops. The Cowboys generate minimal pressure, and Kirk Cousins stands tall in the pocket to deliver the ball accurately and on time. The Cowboys miss tackles in bunches in the secondary. More of the same this week is the Redskins' upset ticket. RB Alfred Morris had 200 yards and three touchdowns rushing in the 2012 season finale. He can gouge Dallas between the tackles with MLB Sean Lee out, leaving defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin a pick-your-poison decision with his safety alignment. The blame heaped on Tony Romo is partially justified, but he has 17 touchdowns and three interceptions in Dallas losses this season. With 53 carries the past three games, RB DeMarco Murray has the potential to be the best friend of the Cowboys' beleaguered defense. Dallas cleaned the clock of the Bears and averaged 7.4 yards per carry against the Packers before inexplicably turning away from what worked so effectively.
*Matchup to watch - Redskins WR Pierre Garcon vs. Cowboys CB Brandon Carr: Garcon caught six passes for 69 yards in the Oct. 13 game at Dallas and has at least five in every game this season. Carr is scuffling and Garcon had one of his best games of the season last week with Cousins in the lineup, including a 53-yard touchdown.
*Player spotlight - Redskins ILB London Fletcher: For the 254th consecutive game, Fletcher will be in the lineup. The veteran plans to retire after his 16th season as one of four players in league history with a streak of 250-plus games.
*Fast facts: The Cowboys are on pace to allow 400 first downs, which would be second-worst all-time (406, 1981 Colts). ... Cousins has passed for 710 yards (355 per game) in two career starts.
WHO WILL WIN AND WHY
A defense redefining ineptitude puts Dallas at risk every week and Kirk Cousins and the Redskins will put up points. The tired but true narrative of Tony Romo making the play when it counts gets another spin in a sink-or-swim game for the Cowboys.
*Our pick: Redskins 34-30