2 Minute Drill: Redskins vs. Cowboys preview
Last week, the country saw just how explosive the Dallas Cowboys offensive attack can be. Despite losing to the Denver Broncos, the Cowboys complied more than 500 total yards and 48 points.
At the helm for Dallas, Tony Romo showed his skill and precision. This week, the Redskins secondary knows they have a challenge in containing Romo and star wide receiver Dez Bryant.
Much has been made of the matchup between Bryant and skins defensive back DeAngelo Hall, but for Washington to beat Dallas, the entire secondary will need to play well. And that includes rookie David Amerson.
"He knows it’s a big rivalry," Skins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan said of Amerson, who will be playing in his first Cowboys-Redskins game. "He's been a guy that’s really improved week to week and hopefully can take a big step this week against a big opponent."
Amerson, a second round pick in the 2013 draft, proved his playmaking ability in a win over Oakland with an interception return for a touchdown. As the rookie who has contributed the most for the Redskins so far this year, Amerson has registered 14 total tackles, four defensed passes and the interception in four games.
But against Dallas, the team will need Amerson's best effort.
"I'm excited man. First Sunday night primetime game for me. I'm looking to make big plays," Amerson said of facing the Cowboys. "The [defensive backs] look forward to this game, a rivalry game, you can't get a bigger stage."
Fellow defensive back E.J. Biggers said the rest of the squad is confident Amerson will be ready for Dallas.
Beyond Bryant, the Cowboys have offensive weapons in tight end Jason Witten as well as receiver Miles Austin, who is slated to return from a hamstring injury that caused him to miss two games.
"They got a lot of playmakers on their offense, and Romo is a good quarterback," Amerson said. "Whoever I line up across, I look forward to going at them."
Amerson is confident his nerves won't be an issue, regardless of the bright lights and Cowboys offensive attack.
"Pretty much all the butterflies are gone," he said.
Facing Romo presents a challenge for the Redskins. The talented quarterback excels at making plays out of the pocket, and Washington defensive coordinator Jim Haslett called Romo "one of the best I've ever seen" at extending plays.
Aware of the problems Romo can create, Amerson plans on staying within the defensive game plan.
"You just got to confuse him. Don’t let him know what you're doing pre-snap," Amerson said of the Dallas quarterback. "Stay close to your man, so when the ball gets there you got a chance to make plays."
Haslett has confidence in his rookie corner.
"I think he’s much improved from the first two games. He’s got more confidence in what he’s doing," Haslett said. "I think he’s got a great future ahead of him."
Drafted for his playmaking skills, Amerson may have a chance to be a difference maker against Dallas. Romo posted gaudy stats against the Broncos, but in the end, an interception cost the Cowboys the win over Denver.
"Right now I just feel comfortable," Amerson said. "I'm looking forward to getting out there."