2014-2015 GAME 8 PRIMER: Rival Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys | Big D ready to rock MNF | RG3 officially inactive | Jason Hatcher returns to Dallas | Pregame Gut-Check

2014-2015 GAME 8 PRIMER - Rival Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys - Big D ready to rock MNF - RG3 officially inactive - Jason Hatcher returns to Dallas - Pregame Gut-Check

WHAT: Washington Redskins (2-5) at Dallas Cowboys (6-1)

WHEN: Monday, 7:30 PM (CST) | WHERE: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

TELEVISION: ESPN (Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters)

RADIO: 105.3 The Fan (Brad Sham, Babe Laufenberg, Kristi Scales) &

107.5 Mega – Spanish (Victor Villalba, Luis Perez, Carlos Nava)

Here are some things to look for before, during and after the game at AT&T Stadium.

Did You Know:

  • Both the roof and end-zone doors are expected to be closed.  Please note that this can change up to 90 minutes prior to kickoff.
  • Rally towels will be placed on every seat in the stadium courtesy of Dr. Pepper.
  • The key times for Monday’s game include:
    • Plazas open at 4:30 PM.
    • Doors open at 5:30 PM.
    • Kickoff is 7:30 PM
  • The West Plaza stage will be hosted by Fox Sports Southwest girls Liddy & Kaime with DJ SC.
    • A special performance by country singer Jana Kramer on the West Plaza. This concert is presented by Nationwide Insurance
  • The East Plaza stage will be hosted by Sean Heath, Kelsey Charles, and DJ Whiz.
  • Both the East and West Plaza will feature autographs and performances from the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, and an interview with Cowboys alumni.
  • There will also be a free Kids Zone on the East plaza sponsored by Forest Park Medical. The area includes zip line, rock climbing wall, inflatable games, face painters, balloon animal artists and more.

In-Game Entertainment

  • Trumpeter Freddie Jones will once again perform the national anthem Sunday. His instrumental anthem has been a staple at Cowboys games both at Texas Stadium and now AT&T Stadium for years. 200 local military troops will take part in holding a full field flag during the anthem, as well as the US Marine Corps Honor Guard.
  • Halftime entertainment will include a special Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Halloween dance show.

Post-Game Entertainment

  • Big City Outlaws, a country cover band, will be performing on the West Plaza Stage for 2 hours postgame.


OFFICIAL INACTIVE/ACTIVE: Griffin III ruled out; Cowboys Top-3 LBs are in

ARLINGTON, Texas – If there was any doubt that Colt McCoy will start for Washington against the Cowboys, it’s quelled now – the Redskins have officially ruled Robert Griffin III inactive for Monday night’s game.

Griffin is the obvious headliner among the two teams’ inactive lists, as there was speculation that the 2012 first-round draft pick might be able to return from a dislocated ankle in time to play the Cowboys. The Redskins will instead turn to McCoy, who led Washington to its second win of the season last week in place of the struggling Kirk Cousins.

The Dallas Cowboys inactives are fairly unsurprising. Dustin Vaughan, Jakar Hamilton, Keith Smith, Jack Crawford, Davon Coleman, Doug Free and Donald Hawkins have been ruled out for Dallas.

Smith has been a steady gameday presence for several weeks now while the Cowboys cope with injury issues at linebacker. With Rolando McClain, Justin Durant and Bruce Carter all healthy to play for the first time since Week 4, though, Smith has been relegated to spectator status.

This is Free’s second-straight week on the inactive list, after he suffered a fracture in his right foot in the fourth quarter against the Seahawks. Jermey Parnell will once again replace him, while recent signing Tony Hills is active as a reserve option.

Jack Crawford missed practice all week while he continues to work back from a calf strain. Lavar Edwards will work as a reserve defensive end in his place.

Also notable for Washington is that usual right tackle Tyler Polumbus is inactive. Tom Compton will get the start on the Redskins’ right side in his place.

PREGAME GUT CHECK: Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys

IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys have a chance to create a little bit of distance in the NFC East race with the Eagles losing. A win over Washington would give Dallas a 2-0 division record.

But these games are typically tough, regardless of the records. The Cowboys are looking to win their seventh straight game for the first time since the 2007 season. Washington is starting for Texas Longhorn quarterback Colt McCoy.

Here are the gut feelings from Dallas Cowboys insiders … Eatman, Broaddus and Helman:

Broaddus: With no DeAngelo Hall in the lineup to handle Dez Bryant one-on-one, my gut feeling is that it is going to be difficult for them to contain him on Monday night. The Redskins have to be concerned with trying to deal with this Cowboys rushing attack and will be forced to have to commitment the safeties down to help which will allow Bryant to have a free run at these corners. Bryant was targeted 12 times last week against the Giants and that was with Prince Amukamara playing him well. Expect another dominate performance from Bryant against a secondary that will have no answer for him.

Helman: I worry that I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but this isn’t a game the Cowboys can afford to lose as they approach their bye week. Of the teams remaining on Dallas’ schedule, only Jacksonville has been less impressive through the first half of the season – and this game is at AT&T Stadium, not in London. On top of that, the Redskins are starting a quarterback who hasn’t started a game in almost three years. I think the key here is to keep Alfred Morris from carrying the Washington offense – they have a chance to be successful if he can get going, but I don’t trust Colt McCoy to beat the Dallas defense on a consistent basis. In fact, I think Brandon Carr will get his first pick of the season on McCoy. I can see Washington defensive coordinator Jim Haslett making life very difficult on Jermey Parnell, and therefore Tony Romo. So the Cowboys are going to need a big night from DeMarco Murray. I think he’ll deliver with about 108 yards and a touchdown, and I think the Cowboys will pull away for another business-like win – something like 28-13.

Eatman: The only quarter the Cowboys are not outscoring their opponents this year is the first quarter. The San Francisco game had something to do with that and as we know by now, we shouldn’t judge a lot of things by what we saw in Week 1. But the first quarter is going to be big tonight. The Redskins are a 2-5 team and the Cowboys are 6-1. For Dallas to win this game like it should, it needs to remind Washington of that very early in the game. The longer they keep Colt McCoy and that bunch thinking they’ve got a legit chance to steal a game on Monday night, the better chance the Redskins will have of doing just that. I think the Cowboys will once again try to impose their will and run the ball, but the easier play will be in the passing game. Terrance Williams gets over 100 yards with a touchdown and I think we’ll see a big game from Dwayne Harris, who torched the Redskins in different ways last year. On defense, with Jason Hatcher on the other side, I say both of the Cowboys’ 3-technique tackles – Henry Melton and Tyrone Crawford get a sack. The Cowboys never pull away but stay in control from start to finish and win 31-19.

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