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Posted at 3:39 PM ET, 12/16/2010

Redskins-Cowboys keys to the game: special teams

By LaVar Arrington

Special teams were not very special on Sunday. In fact they cost the team the game. Here's what they need to do to improve this weekend.

Make field goals. Weather conditions will not play a part in this game, so Graham Gano will have a chance to get back on track. Hunter Smith, the holder, is gone and Gano will be kicking indoors so there will be no excuses for missing.

Punting will need to be solid. Smith was unable to provide punts with enough hang time so he was let go. They brought Sam Paulsecu back. He will need to have a good game, as he is auditioning for a job next season.

Kick coverage will also be important this Sunday. Field position will helps the defense.

If Brandon Banks is able to get losoe that will be a bonus, but protecting the ball and field position will be the most important focus for the special teams.

With Dez Bryant on the shelf for the remainder of the season I don't feel the Cowboys have any other real threats returning, so I'm led to believe the Redskins will have a solid showing. The edge goes to the Redskins special teams.

By LaVar Arrington  | December 16, 2010; 3:39 PM ET
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