REGULAR SEASON WEEK 7 WASHINGTON REDSKINS (3-2) VS. DALLAS COWBOYS (3-3)
Sunday, Oct. 21 | 4:25 p.m. ET
FedExField (82,000) | Landover, Md.
The Redskins will open their slate of NFC East games when they host their division rival, the Dallas Cowboys, at FedExField. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:25 p.m. ET.
The Redskins will play their fi rst divisional game of the season in Week 7. It marks the latest the Redskins have opened divisional play since Week 7 of the 2012 season when the team played at the New York Giants.
Among the lore of the Redskins-Cowboys rivalry, 58 of the 114 games played during the regular season have been decided by seven or fewer points with 25 of those contests decided by three points or less.
During his weekly Monday press conference with the media, Head Coach Jay Gruden answered questions on the Redskins-Cowboys rivalry to open what Washington fans have dubbed 'Cowboys Week'.
"It's a game that everybody circles on their calendar. It's going to be a packed house and we have to use that emotion to our benefi t," said Gruden. "We have to get the crowd involved. We have to get out to a fast start because once FedExField starts rocking, it’s a great benefi t to us."
SERIES HISTORY: Redskins trail all-time regular season series, 42-70-2
Last meeting: Nov. 30, 2017, 2017 (38-14, DAL)
Jim Nantz (play-by-play)
Tony Romo (color)
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Larry Michael (play-by-play)
Chris Cooley (analysis)
Rick “Doc” Walker (sidelines)
The Dallas Cowboys enter the rivalry game with a 3-3 record on the season. Head coach Jason Garrett returns to lead the team for his ninth season. Garrett owns a career record of 70-56 over his tenure in Dallas.
Quarterback Dak Prescott is off to another strong start, and will play in his 39th consecutive game to begin his career. Prescott is 106-for-171, for 1,144 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions this season. In addition, Prescott has rushed for 203 yards on 34 attempts, for one touchdown.
2016 Pro Bowl running back Ezekiel Elliott returns as one of the most explosive running backs in the National Football League. Elliott has tallied 117 rushing attempts, for 586 yards and 3 touchdowns, and is averaging 97.7 yards per game.
Dak Prescott has spread the wealth early in the season, with six players already over 100 yards receiving. Veteran wide receiver Cole Beasley has become Prescott's favorite target, with a team leading 26 receptions, 294 yards and two touchdowns. Tavon Austin has seven receptions for 130 yards and two touchdowns, including two plays of over 40 yards.
Tight end Geoff Swaim has emerged out of the shadow of the now retired tight end Jason Witten, to set career marks. Swaim has 16 receptions for 180 yards and a touchdown, all of which are career highs.
Dallas is led by two young linebackers, who have quickly made their mark on the league. Second year linebacker Jaylon Smith has recorded a team high 50 tackles (31 solo, 19 assisted), as well as three sacks and a force fumble. Rookie Leighton Vander Esch has tallied 49 tackles (including a team high 40 solo).
Veterans Sean Lee and Demarcus Lawrence have continued to be effective for the young Cowboys defense. Lee has 20 tackles and 0.5 sacks in just three games, while Lawrence has a team high 5.5 sacks and 23 total tackles.
After moving on from the veteran kicker Dan Bailey, rookie Brett Maher has been stellar early on. Maher is a perfect 10-for-10 on PAT's and is 15-for-16 on field goals. This includes three kicks of over 50 yards, including a career high 55 yards.
Sunday’s matchup between the Redskins and Cowboys will mark the 117th overall meeting between the division rivals. It will be the 115th regular season meeting between the two franchises.
The Redskins trail the all-time regular season series, 44-70-2. Washington won both of the teams’ postseason meetings, including victories in the 1972 and 1982 NFC Championship games.
The Redskins will be looking to snap a four-game skid against the Cowboys and earn their fi rst win since Week 17 of the team’s NFC East championship season in 2015.
Included below are the 116 previous games contested between the Redskins and Cowboys:
Date Game Result
- 10/9/1960 vs. Dallas 26-14 W
- 11/19/1961 at Dallas 28-28
- 12/17/1961 vs. Dallas 34-24 W
- 9/16/1962 at Dallas 35-35
- 11/4/1962 vs. Dallas 38-10 L
- 9/29/1963 vs. Dallas 21-17 W
- 11/3/1963 at Dallas 35-20 L
- 9/20/1964 at Dallas 24-18 L
- 11/22/1964 vs. Dallas 28-16 W
- 9/26/1965 at Dallas 27-7 L
- 11/28/1965 vs. Dallas 34-31 W
- 11/13/1966 vs. Dallas 31-30 L
- 12/11/1966 at Dallas 34-31 W
- 10/8/1967 vs. Dallas 17-14 L
- 11/19/1967 at Dallas 27-20 W
- 11/17/1968 vs. Dallas 44-24 L
- 11/28/1968 at Dallas 29-20 L
- 11/16/1969 vs. Dallas 41-28 L
- 12/21/1969 at Dallas 20-10 L
- 11/22/1970 vs. Dallas 45-21 L
- 12/6/1970 at Dallas 34-0 L
- 10/3/1971 at Dallas 20-16 W
- 11/21/1971 vs. Dallas 13-0 L
- 10/22/1972 vs. Dallas 24-20 W
- 12/9/1972 at Dallas 34-24 L
- 12/31/1972** vs. Dallas 26-3 W
- 10/8/1973 vs. Dallas 14-7 W
- 12/9/1973 at Dallas 27-7 L
- 11/17/1974 vs. Dallas 28-21 W
- 11/28/1974 at Dallas 24-23 L
- 11/2/1975 vs. Dallas 30-24 (OT) W
- 12/13/1975 at Dallas 31-10 L
- 10/31/1976 vs. Dallas 20-7 L
- 12/12/1976 at Dallas 27-14 W
- 10/16/1977 at Dallas 34-16 L
- 11/27/1977 vs. Dallas 14-7 L
- 10/2/1978 vs. Dallas 9-5 W
- 11/23/1978 at Dallas 37-10 L
- 11/18/1979 vs. Dallas 34-20 W
- 12/16/1979 at Dallas 35-34 L
- 9/8/1980 vs. Dallas 17-3 L
- 11/23/1980 at Dallas 14-10 L
- 9/6/1981 vs. Dallas 26-10 L
- 11/22/1981 at Dallas 24-10 L
- 12/5/1982 vs. Dallas 24-10 L
- 1/22/1983** vs. Dallas 31-17 W
- 9/5/1983 vs. Dallas 31-30 L
- 12/11/1983 at Dallas 31-10 W
- 10/14/1984 vs. Dallas 34-14 W
- 12/9/1984 at Dallas 30-28 W
- 9/9/1985 at Dallas 44-14 L
- 11/10/1985 vs. Dallas 13-7 L
- 10/12/1986 at Dallas 30-6 L
- 11/23/1986 vs. Dallas 41-14 W
- 10/19/1987 at Dallas 13-7 W
- 12/13/1987 vs. Dallas 24-20 W
- 10/9/1988 at Dallas 35-17 W
- 12/11/1988 vs. Dallas 24-17 L
- 9/24/1989 at Dallas 30-7 W
- 11/5/1989 vs. Dallas 13-3 L
- 9/23/1990 vs. Dallas 19-15 W
- 11/22/1990 at Dallas 27-17 L
- 9/9/1991 at Dallas 33-31 W
- 11/24/1991 vs. Dallas 24-21 L
- 9/7/1992 at Dallas 23-10 L
- 12/13/1992 vs. Dallas 20-17 W
- 9/6/1993 vs. Dallas 35-16 W
- 12/26/1993 at Dallas 38-3 L
- 10/2/1994 vs. Dallas 34-7 L
- 11/20/1994 at Dallas 31-7 L
- 10/1/1995 vs. Dallas 27-23 W
- 12/3/1995 at Dallas 24-17 W
- 11/28/1996 at Dallas 21-10 L
- 12/22/1996 vs. Dallas 37-10 W
- 10/13/1997 vs. Dallas 21-16 W
- 11/16/1997 at Dallas 17-14 L
- 10/4/1998 vs. Dallas 31-10 L
- 12/27/1998 at Dallas 23-7 L
- 9/12/1999 vs. Dallas 41-35 (OT) L
- 10/24/1999 at Dallas 38-20 L
- 9/18/2000 vs. Dallas 27-21 L
- 12/10/2000 at Dallas 32-13 L
- 10/15/2001 at Dallas 9-7 L
- 12/2/2001 vs. Dallas 20-14 L
- 11/28/2002 at Dallas 27-20 L
- 12/29/2002 vs. Dallas 20-14 W
- 11/2/2003 at Dallas 21-14 L
- 12/14/2003 vs. Dallas 27-0 L
- 9/27/2004 vs. Dallas 21-18 L
- 12/26/2004 at Dallas 13-10 L
- 9/19/2005 at Dallas 14-13 W
- 12/18/2005 vs. Dallas 35-7 W
- 9/17/2006 at Dallas 27-10 L
- 11/5/2006 vs. Dallas 22-19 W
- 11/18/2007 at Dallas 28-23 L
- 12/30/2007 vs. Dallas 27-6 W
- 9/28/2008 at Dallas 26-24 W
- 11/16/2008 vs. Dallas 14-10 L
- 11/22/2009 at Dallas 7-6 L
- 12/27/2009 vs. Dallas 17-0 L
- 9/12/2010 vs. Dallas 13-7 W
- 12/19/2010 at Dallas 33-30 L
- 9/26/2011 at Dallas 18-16 L
- 11/20/2011 vs. Dallas 27-24 (OT) L
- 11/22/2012 at Dallas 38-31 W
- 12/30/2012 vs. Dallas 28-18 W
- 10/13/2013 at Dallas 31-16 L
- 12/22/2013 vs. Dallas 24-23 L
- 10/27/2014 at Dallas 20-17 (OT) W
- 12/28/2014 vs. Dallas 44-17 L
- 12/7/2015 vs. Dallas 19-16 L
- 1/3/2016 at Dallas 34-23 W
- 9/18/2016 vs. Dallas 27-23 L
- 11/24/2016 at Dallas 31-26 L
- 10/29/2017 vs. Dallas 33-19 L
- 11/30/2017 at Dallas 38-14 L
NOTABLE REDSKINS/COWBOYS CONNECTIONS
Former Cowboys on Redskins:
- Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach Bill Callahan (2012-14)
- Tight Ends Coach Wes Phillips (2007-13)
Former Redskins on Cowboys:
- DT Caraun Reid (2017)
Redskins from Texas:
- Tight Ends Coach Wes Phillips (Houston, Texas)
- WR Josh Doctson (Mansfield, Texas)
- K Dustin Hopkins (Houston, Texas)
- QB Colt McCoy (Tuscola, Texas)
- RB Samaje Perine (Pflugerville, Texas)
- RB Adrian Peterson (Palestine, Texas)
- T Trent Williams (Longview, Texas)
Cowboys from the Washington D.C. area:
- Director of Strength and Conditioning Mike Woicik (Baltimore, Md.)
- WR Tavon Austin (Baltimore, Md.)
Redskins who went to college in Texas:
- Tight Ends Coach Wes Phillips (UTEP)
- WR Josh Doctson (TCU)
- S Deshazor Everett (Texas A&M)
- QB Colt McCoy (Texas)
- T Ty Nsekhe (Texas State)
Notable Pro Connections:
- Head Coach Jay Gruden (2002-08), Vice President of Player Personnel Doug Williams (2004-10) and Director of Football Operations Paul Kelly (04-08) worked with Cowboys Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line Coach Rob Marinelli (1996-05) for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett played for the Bucs in 2004. Gruden served as Offensive Assistant Coach, Williams as Personnel Executive, Kelley as Director of Football Operations and Marinelli as Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line.
- Defensive Coordinator Greg Manusky also worked with Cowboys Rob Marinelli for the Buccaneers. Manusky served as a Training Camp Coach.
- Gruden (2011-13) worked with Cowboys Offensive Line Coach Paul Alexander (1994-2017) for the Cincinnati Bengals.
- Director of Player Development Malcolm Blacken (2001-09) worked with Cowboys Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan (09-13) for the Detroit Lions. Quarterbacks Coach/Passing Game Coordinator Kevin O'Connell played for the Lions in 2009. Blacken served as Strength and Conditioning Coach and Linehan as Offensive Coordinator.
- Blacken also worked with Cowboys Rob Marinelli (06-08) for the Lions. Marinelli as Head Coach
- O'Connell (QB-Player, 2008-09) played on the New England Patriots when Cowboys Director of Strength and Conditioning Mike Woicik (00-10) worked there. Woicik served as Strength and Conditioning Coach.
- Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach Bill Callahan (1995-97) worked for the Philadelphia Eagles when Cowboys Safeties Coach Greg Jackson (S-Player, 94-95) played there. Callahan served as Offensive Line Coach.
- Offensive Coordinator Matt Cavanaugh (2009-12) and Special Teams Coordinator Ben Kotwica (07-13) worked with Cowboys Wide Receivers Coach Sanjay Lal (12-14) for the New York Jets. Cavanaugh served as Quarterbacks Coach, Kotwica as Assistant Special Teams Coach (09-12)/Special Teams Coordinator (13) and Lal as Wide Receivers Coach.
- Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Kavan Latham (2013-16) also worked with Cowboys Sanjay Lal for the Jets. Latham served as Strength and Conditioning Intern (14)/Asst. Strength and Conditioning Coach (15-16).
- Defensive Backs Coach Torrian Gray (2004-05) worked for the Chicago Bears when Cowboys Assistant Offensive Line Coach Marc Colombo (OL-Player, 02-05) played there. Gray served as Assistant Defensive Backs Coach.
- Wide Receivers Coach Ike Hilliard (WR-Player, 1997-04) and Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett (QB-Player, 00-03), Running Backs Coach Gary Brown (RB-Player, 98-99) and Assistant Special Teams Coach Doug Coleman (LB-Player, 96-98) all played on the New York Giants.
- Hilliard (WR-Player, 2005-08) played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when Cowboys Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line Coach Rob Marinelli (1996-05) worked there. Marinelli served as Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line.
- Hilliard (2011) worked for the Miami Dolphins when Cowboys Marc Colombo (OL-Player, 11) played there. Hilliard served as Assistant Wide Receivers Coach.
- Hilliard (2013) worked with Cowboys Offensive Assistant Coach Stephen Brown (13-14) for the Buffalo Bills. Hilliard served as Wide Receivers Coach and Brown as Assistant to the Head Coach/Special Teams Assistant.
- Defensive Quality Control Coach Cannon Matthews (2014-15) worked for the Tennessee Titans when LB Zach Brown (12-15) and Cowboys C Joe Looney (15) played there. Matthews served as Defensive Quality Control Coach.
- Defensive Line Coach Jim Tomsula (2007-15), TE Vernon Davis (06-15), QB Colt McCoy (13) and QB Alex Smith (05-12) and Cowboys Safeties Coach Greg Jackson (11-14) and C Joe Looney (12-14) were all members of the San Francisco 49ers. Tomsula served as Defensive Line Coach and Jackson as Defensive Assistant Coach.
Pro Player Connections:
- OL Tony Bergstrom (2012-15) played with Cowboys WR Brice Butler (13-14) and FB Jamize Olawale (12-17) on the Oakland Raiders.
- Bergstrom (2016) played with Cowboys G Xavier Su'a-Filo (14-17) on the Houston Texans. Cowboys Assistant Special Teams Coach Doug Coleman (14-17) worked there and served as Assistant Special Teams Coordinator.
- S D.J. Swearinger Sr. (13-14) also played on the Texans when Cowboys Xavier Su'a-Filo and Doug Coleman were there.
- WR Michael Floyd (2016) played with Cowboys T Cameron Fleming (14-17) on the New England Patriots.
- LB Mason Foster (2015), DL Ziggy Hood (15) and LB Pernell McPhee (15-17) played with Cowboys WR Deonte Thompson (15-17) on the Chicago Bears.
- Hood (2014) played with Cowboys WR Allen Hurns (14-17) on the Jacksonville Jaguars.
- McPhee (2011-14) played with Cowboys WR Deonte Thompson (12-13) on the Baltimore Ravens.
- K Dustin Hopkins (2013-14) and DB Kenny Ladler (14-15) played with Cowboys WR Deonte Thompson (14) on the Buffalo Bills. Cowboys Offensive Assistant Coach Stephen Brown (13-14) worked there and served as Assistant to the Head Coach/Special Teams Assistant.
- Ladler also played on the Bills when Cowboys Wide Receivers Coach Sanjay Lal (15-16) worked there. Lal served as Wide Receivers Coach.
- G Shawn Lauvao (2010-13) and QB Colt McCoy (10-12) played on the Cleveland Browns when Cowboys Running Backs Coach Gary Brown (09-12) and Linebackers Coach Ben Bloom (10) worked there. Brown served as Running Backs Coach and Bloom as Defensive Assistant Coach.
- WR Brian Quick (2012-16) played with Cowboys WR Tavon Austin (13-17) on the St. Louis/LA Rams.
- RB Adrian Peterson played with Cowboys CB C.J. Goodwin on the Arizona Cardinals in 2017.
- WR Paul Richardson Jr. (2014-17) played with Cowboys RB Rod Smith (15) on the Seattle Seahawks. Cowboys Defensive Backs Coach & Passing Game Coordinator Kris Richard (10-17) worked there and served as Defensive Backs Coach (12-14)/Defensive Coordinator (15-17).
- QB Alex Smith (2013-17) played with Cowboys LB Justin March-Lillard (15-16) on the Kansas City Chiefs.
Notable Collegiate Connections:
- Offensive Quality Control Coach Chris O'Hara (2011-13) worked at Miami when Cowboys WR Allen Hurns (11-13) played there. O'Hara served as a Student Assistant (11-12)/Graduate Assistant (13).
- Assistant Offensive Line Coach Phil Rauscher (2008-09) worked at UCLA when Cowboys G Xavier Su'a-Filo (09, 13) played there. Rauscher served as a Graduate Assistant.
- CB Fabian Moreau (12-16) played with Cowboys Xavier Su'a-Filo at UCLA in 2013.
- Assistant Defensive Backs Coach James Rowe (2015) worked with Cowboys Tight Ends Coach Doug Nussmeier (15-17) at Florida. DL Caleb Brantley played there from 2014-16. Rowe served as a Graduate Assistant and Nussmeier as Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks.
- CB Quinton Dunbar (11-14) and TE Jordan Reed (09-12) played with Cowboys WR Deonte Thompson (08-11) at Florida.
- DL Jonathan Allen (13-16) and LB Ryan Anderson (13-16) played at Alabama when Cowboys Doug Nussmeier (12-13) worked there. Nussmeier served as Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks.
- WR Michael Floyd (2008-11) played with Cowboys G Zach Martin (10-13) at Notre Dame.
- LB Mason Foster (2007-10) played at Washington when Cowboys Doug Nussmeier (09-11) worked there. Nussmeier served as Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks.
- K Dustin Hopkins (2009-12) and RB Chris Thompson (09-12) played with Cowboys Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Kendall Smith (LB-Player, 07-10) at Florida State. Cowboys Assistant Wide Receivers Coach Kyle Valero (08-09) worked there and served as a Student Assistant.
- WR Paul Richardson Jr. (2010-13) played with Cowboys CB Chidobe Awuzie (13-16) at Colorado.
- LB Preston Smith (2011-14) played with Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (12-15) at Mississippi State.