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December 22, 2013

Cowboys try to end December slump against Redskins



Worse for Ware: Dallas’ defense has already set a team record for most yards allowed — and there are still two games to play. The Cowboys might be without their top four linebackers Sunday because of injury, putting even more pressure on franchise sacks leader DeMarcus Ware. Ware’s six sacks are two shy of his career low from his rookie season in 2005.

“There is no question, and he’d be the first to tell you, that he needs to make more of an impact on the game,” Garrett said, “and we’re going to try to help him do that.”

Another backup QB: The Cowboys have lost to a pair of backup QBs (Josh McCown and Matt Flynn) during their two-game losing streak, and now they face another one. With Griffin benched, Kirk Cousins will make his second consecutive start for the Redskins.

“I’ll tell you what, at the end of the day, that ‘backup’ part as a quarterback doesn’t mean anything,” Ware said. “We’ve lost to the last two and those guys that we played are pretty good, and this guy that we’re playing this week is good also. So we have to really key on him.”

Disappointed Dez: December collapses can really wear a player down, and it showed last week when Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant headed for the locker room before the game was over. Bryant admitted it was a “bad mistake” on his part, but there’s no question the Packers loss presented a supreme test of the so-called “24-hour rule” players say they use to get over the previous game.

“That’s something we really address every week with our team, and we address it after we win and we address it after we lose,” Garrett said. “You can have hangovers from both of those things, and it’s just really important that you put the last one behind you.”

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