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Five things to know about the Cowboys’ next opponent: Washington Redskins

Which Cowboys team will present itself on Sunday?

It’s hard to say, considering the team has lacked consistency this season, especially on offense. But last week, head coach Jason Garrett, running back Ezekiel Elliott and quarterback Dak Prescott provided fans with some home during a 40-7 thrashing of the Jaguars.

Sunday afternoon’s game against the rival Washington Redskins presents an opportunity for Jerry Jones’ team to steal a share of first place in the NFC East.

Here are five things to know about the professional football team from Washington.

1. Injuries at running back

At the running back position, Chris Thompson is the primary pass catcher, while Adrian Peterson should be the primary rusher. Peterson has been dealing with a shoulder injury, while Thompson missed last week with a rib injury. The former will play, while the latter has been limited during practice this week.

2. An improved defense

Washington has the eighth-best scoring defense in the NFL and has given up the second-fewest yards per game of any team. The unit has also made up for an inconsistent offense.

3. Dallas-like receiver issues

Thompson, a running back, leads the team in receptions with 26. No other pass catcher has more than 20.

4. Home-field advantage?

Owner Dan Snyder is dealing with an attendance issue. And there’s no guarantee that this weekend’s game solves the problem.

5. Cowboys’ recent successes

The Cowboys have won four straight games against this team. The last time the Redskins claimed a victory in the series was Jan. 3 of 2016.

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