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2022 Cowboys Season Preview: Weeks 4/18 vs Commanders

The Cowboys will take on the in Weeks 4 and 18 of the . The Week 4 matchup will take place in Arlington while the regular season finale will be a road game.

This is the first two times Dallas will face Washington with its new moniker “Commanders”. Washington officially hasn’t had a team name for the past two seasons, going by “Washington Football Team” after dropping the Redskins name in 2020.

Last season, the Cowboys swept Washington, including a 56-14 victory at home, the most points they've scored since 1980.

At , the Commanders will start the newly-acquired . Washington received Wentz from the for a second-round pick and third-round pick. Last season, Wentz threw for 3,563 yards, 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He returns to the , having gone 4-4 against Dallas with the from 2016-20.

Wentz’s No. 1 receiver will be , who just signed a three-year, $71 million extension with the Commanders. A second-round pick in 2019, McLaurin has tallied 3,090 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns in his NFL career.

Washington will also line up Curtis Samuel and rookie at . Samuel missed most of last season through , while Dotson was taken with the 16th pick in the .

At running back, third-year back starts. He rushed for 1,037 yards and seven touchdowns last season.

After losing Brandon Scherff to the in the offseason, the Commanders signed Andrew Norwell from Jacksonville in . He’ll line up alongside fellow guard Wes Schweitzer, Chase Roullier and tackles Charles Leno and Sam Cosmi.

The Commanders’ is stacked. At , Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne form one of the best interior line duos in the league. The two combined for 66 tackles and 13.5 in 2021, with Allen recording nine of those sacks.

At rusher, Chase Young and Montez Sweat form another great duo. The two combined for 28 tackles and 6.5 sacks last season. Sweat recorded five sacks in 2021.

and Jamin Davis start at for the Commanders, combining for 218 tackles last season. and William Jackson start at . Fuller recorded one interception and 16 passes defended last season, while Jackson had two interceptions with eight passes defended.

Kamren Curl returns at after recording five passes defended in 2021. Bobby McCain is expected to start at after a two-year extension in the offseason, intercepting four passes in 2021.

Ron Rivera enters his third season as Commanders , having gone 14-19 with an East championship in 2020. Dallas’ Week 4 matchup takes place on Sept. 18 at noon CT on Fox, while the Week 18 matchup will be played on Jan. 8 at a TBD time.

Nick Coppola
Nick Coppola
Student at the University of Oklahoma. Reporter for OU Daily. Junior Writer for Inside The Star. Contributor for Guns Up Nation.

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