Redskins-Cowboys matchups: Redskins outside linebackers vs. Cowboys offensive tackles
One position on this Redskins team that I have confidence in is outside linebacker. It just so happens that one of the Redskins' strengths is matched up against one of Dallas's biggest question marks -- the offensive tackles.
Both tackles for the Cowboys are first-year starters, unproven and untested. Robert Brewster has one year in the NFL but was on the injured reserve list last year. Doug Free has four years in the NFL but no real game experience, especially as a starter. Both are tall -- Free is 6-6, Brewster 6-4 -- and each is listed at 320 pounds, which means they most certainly will struggle with the speed and strength of Washington's outside linebackers.
Can these young tackles protect Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo in the passing game? Will they be effective in the run game? Will their youth and inexperience be a factor in this game?
Brian Orakpo is coming off of a Pro Bowl year at a new position for him. Andre Carter easily could have joined Orakpo in the Pro Bowl. Both had very productive years, with high numbers in the sack column. Both are gifted pass rushers and strong against the run. Will Orakpo and Carter be able to take advantage of these inexperienced tackles? Can they provide the pressure from the edges to make Romo uncomfortable? Can they force Romo into turnovers?
In my opinion, the edge clearly goes to the Redskins linebackers. These guys have far too much talent, strength, speed and experience over the Cowboys' young offensive tackles.
So far, I have the key matchups tied at one apiece. Please stay tuned for more of my Redskins vs. Dallas matchups! And don't forget to check out "Redskins Insider Live," our weekly webcast where Rick Maese, Dan Steinberg and I talk about Sunday night's Cowboys game.
September 7, 2010; 1:54 PM ET
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