National Football League
Preview
Washington at Dallas
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, January 3, 2016
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

The NFC East was up for grabs when the Washington Redskins suffered a three-point home loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Dec. 7. Washington, however, rebounded from that setback with three consecutive victories to wrap up the division title and clinch the No. 4 seed in the NFC, rendering Sunday's rematch against the Cowboys in Dallas meaningless for both teams.

Despite having nothing on the line, Redskins coach Jay Gruden on Thursday said quarterback Kirk Cousins will get the start against the Cowboys. "All our guys are starting," Gruden said. "How I substitute throughout the course of the game will be dependent on how we're doing health-wise and the situation of the game." Translation: Don't expect to see much of Cousins and Washington's key players against a Dallas squad that has dropped its last three games and scored a total of 29 points in the process. The Cowboys have won only once at home - versus the New York Giants in the season opener.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Cowboys -4. O/U: 39.5

ABOUT THE REDSKINS (8-7): Cousins has posted a passer rating over 100 in his past five games while playing brilliantly during the three-game winning streak, throwing for 984 yards while tossing four touchdowns and zero interceptions in each of his last two contests. Tight end Jordan Reed was immense over the past three games with 25 receptions for 333 yards and five scoring passes to boost his season touchdown total to 11. Washington is vulnerable against the run, ranking 26th in the league by allowing an average of 124.1 yards per game.

ABOUT THE COWBOYS (4-11): Dallas has had a revolving door at quarterback with Tony Romo twice fracturing his collarbone, and Kellen Moore will make his second straight start and try to rebound from a rocky debut in last week's 16-6 loss to Buffalo. One of the few bright spots for the Cowboys has been the play of running back Darren McFadden, who has rushed for 100 yards in five of his last 10 starts and is three yards from reaching 1,000. Dallas ranks fifth in the league against the pass, yielding an average of 223 yards.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Redskins WR DeSean Jackson has 14 catches for 302 yards and two touchdowns in the last three meetings.

2. Cowboys WR Dez Bryant was placed on injured reserve and will undergo surgery on his foot and ankle.

3. Reed needs 93 yards to become the first tight end in franchise history with 1,000 yards.

PREDICTION: Cowboys 20, Redskins 13
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
Washington 8-7 W3 23.6 23.7 6-2 2-5 8-3 0-4 0-1 3-2 7-4
Dallas 4-11 L3 16.8 22.7 1-6 3-5 3-2 1-9 0-2 3-2 3-8
Last Meeting
Washington Dallas
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
12/7/15 DAL 19 WAS 16 266 73 193 318 97 221
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Washington K. Cousins 71.0 219 1 0
Dallas M. Cassel 55.2 223 0 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Washington M. Jones 18 49 2.7 0
Dallas D. McFadden 14 53 3.8 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Washington D. Jackson 6 80 13.3 1
Dallas T. Williams 2 63 31.5 0
Touchdowns Player TD
Washington D. Jackson 1
Dallas D. McFadden 1
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Washington K. Cousins 69.5 3990 26 11
Dallas M. Cassel 58.0 1276 5 7
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Washington A. Morris 183 651 3.6 1
Dallas D. McFadden 227 997 4.4 3
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Washington J. Reed 83 907 10.9 11
Dallas T. Williams 44 667 15.2 3
Touchdowns Player TD
Washington J. Reed 11
Dallas C. Beasley 3