On Deck: Washington Redskins

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On Deck will be here all season to provide you with everything you need to know (and a few things you don't) about every Cowboys game during the 2015 season.

The Opponent: The Redskins are coming off a win over the Giants and are the newly minted first-place team in the worst division in football — first place with a below .500 record (5-6). Kirk Cousins is playing pretty well and Desean Jackson is healthy again and had a big day against the Giants.

Past Meetings: The Cowboys are 65-43-2 all-time in the series and have won three of the last four meetings with the lone loss coming last year in Arlington  in a game started by Colt McCoy.

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Who's Hot: The Redskins' defense shut out the Giants for three quarters on Sunday and held on after jumping out to a 20-0 lead to win 20-14. They intercepted Eli Manning three times and were causing all kinds of problems. Kirk Cousins threw for 300 yards and protected the football with one long touchdown pass and no interceptions.

The Cowboys defense wasn't good on Thanksgiving Day, but it wasn't as bad as their 33-14 loss would indicate. That's because the Panthers had two defensive touchdowns and another interception that set them up with prime field position. Rolando McClain was in on 12 tackles, and Sean Lee was in on 11. Cole Beasley had six catches and a touchdown from Matt Cassel after Tony Romo exited the game with an injury.

Who's Not: Not much to really say here about the Redskins coming off a big win, but their running game did struggle to move the ball against a pretty leaky Giants run defense last week, averaging less than 4 yards per carry.

Greg Hardy did absolutely nothing and it's becoming more and more of a question as to why he's still on the roster. The Cowboys' running game was taken out pretty early with a big deficit, but they only rushed for 31 yards as a team on 14 carries — 11 yards apiece from Darren McFadden and Robert Turbin.

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