D.J. Swearinger's done with being the 'laughingstock of the East'

Josh Luckenbaugh
October 16, 2018 - 7:28 am

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The Redskins are 3-2 and sitting in first place in the NFC East after Sunday's win over Carolina, but with Dallas looming next Sunday, it's no time for Washington to rest on its laurels, D.J. Swearinger said on Grant & Danny Monday. 

The Redskins have lost four straight to the Cowboys, and haven't beaten Dallas at FedEx Field since December of 2012. If the Redskins are serious about challenging for the NFC East crown, the matchup with Dallas is a must-win game, Swearinger says. 

"There shouldn't be any joking around or laughing this week, we need to be all business this week," the safety told Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier. "We have a perfect opportunity to go first place and be 1-0 in our division." 

"We went 1-5 last year, which is horrible. We're the laughingstock of the East, and we don't want to be that laughingstock. We want to be the dominant team in the NFC East, and we got a perfect opportunity to start off fast."

Dallas will be riding some momentum of its own after crushing the Jaguars 40-7, and Swearinger wants Washington to take an aggressive approach in slowing down the Cowboys offense, and Ezekiel Elliott in particular.

Elliott is currently second in the NFL with 586 total rushing yards, and presents the Redskins defense a new challenge after they limited the Panthers, who came into Week 6 as the league's top rushing team, to just 81 yards on the ground. 

"You gotta stop Zeke. We gotta load the box, play man. That's what I like to do, anyway. Let's play 'em, we're ready for it," Swearinger said. "We just played the number one rushing team in the league, and we're taking this as another challenge. We're definitely ready."

Swearinger has been critical of what he perceived as "joking around" at practices earlier this season, and with the Cowboys coming to town, everyone needs to be solely focused on that game if they want to have a good result. 

"We gotta keep the energy high. I think it's more of an energy thing, when guys come in they feel good about themselves. We shouldn't feel good about beating a team we should beat," Swearinger told Paulsen and Rouhier. "You come in the next week and you just get ready for the next week."

"You don't think about Carolina. You don't really even should talk about some of those plays. You should be moving on and asking each other, 'Did you see such and such on Cowboys film?' That should be the conversation when we talking this week."

"And we do that, everybody's on the same page Cowboys-wise," Swearinger concluded, "we gonna put together another dominant performance."

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