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What To Watch For: Three Redskins, Cowboys Storylines
1. Home Sweet Home: Robert Griffin III will be playing in Texas for the first time since leaving Baylor as the Heisman Trophy after last season – an experience he said he’s very much looking forward to. He won’t face as much pressure as he did in the opener at New Orleans, in which he was making his debut and played in his family’s hometown, but how he handles the attention of a nationally televised game on Thanksgiving after throwing just one incompletion against the Eagles will be another barometer of his big-game ability.
2. Quick Turnaround: Playing two games in five days is nothing new for the Cowboys, who annually host a Thanksgiving game. It will be different for the Redskins, who have not played on the holiday in 10 years and only have 12 players who have played in such a game. Thursday is typically when the bumps and bruises sustained on Sunday finally go away, several players said, and the mental preparation and the reduced practice time could be a factor for a team unaccustomed to being in this situation.
3. Moving On: Brandon Meriweather showed how eager he was to make his debut against Philadelphia on Sunday when he had six of the Redskins’ first 15 tackles and intercepted a pass midway through the first quarter. It was nice while it lasted for Meriweather, who tore the ACL in his right knee in the third quarter and will miss the rest of the year. DeJon Gomes, who started the first two games for Meriweather, will get the nod as his replacement, and the opportunity to play a large role again has excited the second-year safety. Having Meriweather for only one true half this season means the Redskins’ adjustments shouldn’t be that significant.