Game: Dallas at Washington (Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET)
Last time at site:
Washington was unable to get anything going offensively as
Dallas rolled to a 17-0 victory
in Week 16 of last season.
Reason for road optimism:
Simply put: The
have owned the
in prime-time games over the past few seasons. This is the third consecutive time these teams will meet at FedEx Field on Sunday night, and the
have won the previous two, while allowing Washington to score only 10 points. Going back further, the
have played the
five times on Sunday night and have yet to lose. Not only will Dallas be able to draw on that past history of domination, but the
can also gain confidence from the fact they have won three consecutive openers.
Washington got a new head coach (
), new starting quarterback (McNabb) and new left tackle in the offseason (
) in the hopes of reviving and offense that was one of the league's worst last season. The
were inconsistent in the preseason, and McNabb has struggled to pick up Shanahan's offense after spending his first 11 seasons in
's system. Williams, the fourth overall pick in the draft, looks like a good prospect, but he had a tough time against Baltimore's Terrell Suggs in the preseason, and Dallas'
possesses similar ability.