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Redskins-Cowboys matchups: DeAngelo Hall & Carlos Rogers vs. Miles Austin & Roy Williams

This will be one of the most intense matchups of the game. DeAngelo Hall is a fierce competitor and I'm assuming Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett is going to give Hall exclusive rights to wide receiver Miles Austin. But if Haslett lines the secondary up in a true 3-4 defense, Hall will be on the left side and Carlos Rogers on the right side. This would mean both corners could get their fair share of Austin.

The key to this matchup will come down to Hall's and Rogers's ability to take Austin out of the game. Austin was selected to the 2010 Pro Bowl, his first, and led the NFC (and was third overall in the NFL) with 1,320 receiving yards in the 2009 season. He also tied for first in the NFC with 11 receiving touchdowns, even though he started only 11 games. If Hall and Rogers can cover him well enough, then the Cowboys will have to rely on either running the ball, getting it to tight end Jason Witten, or hoping that Roy Williams is finally able to be a consistent playmaker.

I wouldn't count on it.

Williams was brought into Dallas to replace Terrell Owens, but his lack of production has been disappointing. In his first season with the Cowboys, he started seven games, caught 19 passes for 198 yards and scored one touchdown. That said, he is capable of a big game, so the Redskins cornerbacks have to be careful not to be overconfident in their approach to covering him.

Austin, on the other hand, is a baller and will demand the attention of defenders every play. If you give this guy an inch, he will get the ball and run miles, pun intended. He's very talented and very crafty, so whoever has him in coverage will have to be ready to deal with his lunchpail-worker mentality.

It will be interesting to see if the Redskins play more zone defense, rather than press man coverage. The 3-4 defense is based off of deception, meaning you don't know who's blitzing from where and where players are in coverage. This could lead to a classic game of cat and mouse between corners and receivers. Austin and Williams, along with Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, will have to figure out how they are being covered if they want to avoid turnovers. It should be fun to watch.

If Brian Orakpo and Andre Carter win their matchup in the pass-rush game, then you have to believe the pressure will disrupt Romo's ability to read the coverages and force him to get rid of the ball more quickly or risk being sacked. Whichever one it is, I believe it plays into the hands of the Redskins defense.

Rogers is a very talented cornerback who is pretty consistent with his coverage. If Rogers ever decides to start catching some of those passes he breaks up, he could be on his way to his first Pro Bowl. As for Hall, we all know he's going to take chances. He plays a big risk-big reward style, and he usually comes out on top. If he comes out ahead with his risk-taking, they should have a great night of football.

I did not include Witten in this matchup because he will be the responsibility of the linebackers and safeties. So with this matchup, the advantage has to go in favor of the Redskin's corners.

Advantage: Redskins corners, that makes it 2-1 in favor of the Redskins.

Next up: Ware & Spencer vs. Brown & Williams. Stay tuned.

By LaVar Arrington  |  September 8, 2010; 10:41 AM ET
 
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Comments

Hey Lavar, always have been a fan. especially for taking out Aikman. but ROGERS...not Rodgers. That's Aaron. Good analysis so far in your short stint for Washington Post. Good to see a more thoughtful analyst than these guys regurgitating the same crap over and over again. Always nice to see a different perspective...and please don't start reporting on "sources" like these other hacks. So tired of the Haynesworth story and nice to read something that doesn't zero in on this beaten to death story. Can't wait to read your column throughout the season. HTTR! Beat Dallas!

Posted by: diego_brunner | September 8, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

What happens when you move Austin to the slot and you put that animal Dez Bryant out wide on cisco rogers. that is the problem, 2 corners that are NFL capable and 3 receivers and if you think buchanan can cover you are off your rocker. and, they get Felix Jones on scressn and tosses and i am not sure "thunderstorm Carter" can cover that beast. they return 20 starters and run the same system for the past 5 years. we have a brand new scheme, new players, and if we beat the rams and bucs and lions let's throw a ticker tape parade. otherwise we are HAIR-Taing!

Posted by: doyouktt | September 8, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, we wouldn't want sports journalists getting their news from "sources:" that would be, like, journalistic.

(My gawd, people, that's how reportage works - what is it that keeps people from understanding this?)

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | September 8, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

LaVar, you have been drinking too much "fire water" or hitting that "peace pipe" pretty hard if you think the Redskins' corners are going to shut the Cowboys receivers down. When the Cowboys got to a three wide receiver set, who's going to cover Dez Bryant ? Just say no Levar !

Posted by: ellislawoffice | September 8, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

@stevie

The quotes around sources simply implies that they are hiding their horrible reporting behind alleged sources, but let's get real. How many reporters are now "breaking" (before you start again stevie, I know reporters have to break stories for it to reach us readers) stories after hearing some sort of unreliable source whisper it in the wind?

Half these reports about AH completely contradict what coaches have been saying in public. Which leads me to believe a lot of these reports are based on poor sources which have not been confirmed. It's been completely blown out of proportion and the media is pretty much the cause of the distraction, because that's all they are reporting on and making a mountain out of a mole hill, though it may be a mole hill of your larger variety.

Have you not been paying attention to all the erroneous reports in the past few weeks coming from what were once reliable NFL reporters? What keeps you from understanding the underlying meaning of my statement? My Gawd, Stevie.

Posted by: diego_brunner | September 9, 2010 3:36 AM | Report abuse

@stevie

The quotes around sources simply implies that they are hiding their horrible reporting behind alleged sources, but let's get real. How many reporters are now "breaking" (before you start again stevie, I know reporters have to break stories for it to reach us readers) stories after hearing some sort of unreliable source whisper it in the wind?

Half these reports about AH completely contradict what coaches have been saying in public. Which leads me to believe a lot of these reports are based on poor sources which have not been confirmed. It's been completely blown out of proportion and the media is pretty much the cause of the distraction, because that's all they are reporting on and making a mountain out of a mole hill, though it may be a mole hill of your larger variety.

Have you not been paying attention to all the erroneous reports in the past few weeks coming from what were once reliable NFL reporters? What keeps you from understanding the underlying meaning of my statement? My Gawd, Stevie.

Posted by: diego_brunner | September 9, 2010 3:39 AM | Report abuse

Why didn`t LaVar...even mention Dez in his receiver/corner analysis? Bottom line...success will be based on controlling the run...yet applying a lot of pressure on Romo during passing plays. Unfortunately..most Washington receivers don`t scare defenses. Moss, and Cooley...being head dawgs. So it will be short passes to negate the rush..and CP.

The current crop of reporters care more about scandals, and bad attitudes, that
about digging for real sports news stories.
Is their style A. more like what we see in the National Inquirer, or B. The Washington Post? Oh..wait...they are identical.
Yesterday alone..Jason Reid had 5 DIFFERENT articles about Fat Albert..in the WP online. Most of what he and Maese write about A.H. are direct quotes taken from previous articles. So, not only are they more like the Inquirer...they are too lazy to did up new dirt....hence they work for the WP..cause the Inquirer would fire them.

Posted by: blazerguy234 | September 9, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

Rogers is a very talented cornerback...until a WR uses that dastardly double move or hitch and go. Like other posters pointed out, i love how you completely ignore Dez Bryant. So when the Boys go 3 wide with Austin, Roy and Dez and have Witten at TE, what do the Skins do? Roy has been a severe disappointment but he still has to be accounted for. Orakpo better have his ears pinned back and get to Romo quick or it's going to be a long night.

Posted by: sleastacks | September 9, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Dallas has 3 superior receivers (Austin, Bryant, and Witten) and 1 tall receiver that can be used in jump balls.

Do the skins have 3 superior dbs to cover them - NO! Do they have a fourth guy to cover the tall receiver - NO!

Are the cowboys receivers along with their QB capable of double moves and a perfect strike - Yes.

Are the skins dbs vulnerable to double moves because they are pumped up and often play out of control - Yes.

The skins will have to play SMART and agressive. How have they fared in primetime games where they needed a victory - hmmmmmmmm?

PROVE US WRONG FOR CHANGE WILL YA!

Posted by: keedrow | September 9, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

HARDHITTING!
That's what's going to get us this win.
Great Job LaVar! Don't change your views for WP or your talk show.
Dallas O-line is wounded and Haslett will take full advantage. Romo chokes under pressure. I believe that when we "contain" the run and control the clock we will come out victorious..."HTTR"

Posted by: BLACKBEAR2010 | September 9, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

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