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Opposing voice: Stephen Bowen

IRVING, Texas -- Washington defensive end Stephen Bowen admits he was a little more emotional when he played against the Cowboys in September.

It was his first time back to Cowboys Stadium after signing a five-year deal with the Redskins in fre agency.

“This time it’s more of a divisional game, trying to get a win at home and trying to get going back on the right track,” Bowen said.

Bowen has a career-high 3.5 sacks in his first year with the Redskins to go with 29 tackles and 10 quarterback pressures. He is in the midst of his first year as a full-time starter after showing he can handle a large load last year with the Cowboys after Marcus Spears was lost for the season with a calf injury.

“I love the defense,” Bowen said. “Getting the opportunity to really showcase myself whereas in Dallas I was mostly a situational guy, so they believed in me here and I love it here. I’m back on the east coast. I’m close to my family. I think I made all the right moves.”

But he admits to missing teammates, like DeMarcus Ware, Jason Hatcher, Jay Ratliff and Spears.

“Some of those guys are my best friends,” Bowen said. “But on the field it’s business. After the game then, you know that’s when we can crack jokes and stuff like that.”