The Washington Redskins, in true Skins drama, lost by a FG to the Dallas Cowboys. At one point, the Skins were down 20 points, but the offense managed to tie the game within a couple minutes of the 4th quarter. And in more Redskins drama, QB Donovan McNabb was benched and Rex Grossman started. This has made many people fire back at Shanahan because they feel McNabb was not respected, but in all honesty, the guy has not played well. Yes, last week was okay, but the majority of the game was a ground game and there were some sloppy points. With Donovan’s injuries this season as well, Shanahan was worried about not having a backup QB. What was a little shocking was having McNabb participate in the coin toss.
In the first half, it was all Cowboys, however, the Redskins D in the red zone were great. Almost every possession by the Cowboys started with great field position. The first score by the Cowboys was a FG, then they got down to the 1 yard line at 4th and goal, but the Skins, mainly London Fletcher, stopped them. Rex Grossman then threw an interception and the Cowboys capitalized with a TD. 10-0 Cowboys. Cowboys down the field again at 4th and goal, but again, only a FG. 13-0.
The Cowboys sacks begin (they will end with 5 in total) on Grossman, but no loss for the Skins because Ryan Torain runs in a TD. 13-7 Dallas. A few plays by DeAngelo Hall let Witten catch an easy TD, then giving the Cowboys an easy-ish field goal late in the 1st half, but lucky for the Redskins, is no good. It’s 20-7 going into the second half.
At the start of the 3rd, Rex Grossman runs into his own teammate and fumbles the ball, giving the Cowboys yet another red zone appearance and then a TD. 27-7 Dallas. So how does Grossman react? He throws a 47 yard pass to Anthony Armstrong, then a TD pass to Santana Moss. 27-14 Dallas. Dallas would then hit a FG, 30-14 Dallas. Now in the 4th quarter, it is all Redskins and Cooley. At 4th and 2, the Redskins go for it and get the 1st down. Grossman pass to Santana Moss for a TD, then a 2 point conversion by Chris Cooley. 30-22 Dallas. Again, Grossman pass to Chris Cooley for TD, then 2 point conversion to Mike Sellers. The Skins tie the game at 30-30. Amazing Effort!
Now comes the Dallas Defence. 2 consecutive sacks on Grossman but he manages to keep the ball from being fumbled. This leads to the game winning FG by Dallas. The Skins had to use all their timeouts to keep some time in the game. They had 50 seconds to try and get within field goal range, but in true Redskins fashion, Rex Grossman throws an interception to end the game. It could very well have been McNabb playing all along!
I thought that the Redskins offense played a decent game and even Rex Grossman with this interceptions and fumble, played well. He had not started a game since 2008 and to be thrown into a rivalry game like Dallas and Washington, in the midst of such controversy, played well. The defense, although allowing 439 yards, had great plays and kept the Cowboys from scoring many more points than they had. The Cowboys defense with 5 sacks, allowed a total of 377 yards, so that’s not the greatest either, plus they had a 20 point lead that they let the Redskins run all over.
This was a rivalry game at its best and now 2010 for this rivalry can be settled as a draw. Both teams have 1 win against each other and both teams are sitting at 5-9 so far. Since the Skins do have 1 more win in their conference than the Cowboys, they are sitting at 3rd.
Next up for the Redskins is Jacksonville, then ending season against the Giants. That’s a pretty hard end to a very dramatic season. The Cowboys end their season against the Eagles, so both teams may very well end the season the same.
About the Author
Written by Mercedes Green
I lived in Greene County Virginia for about 5 years of my childhood. This span of time was enough to imprint the love of the Washington Redskins (and hate of the Dallas Cowboys) into my life forever, even though I am Canadian and still live in Canada. I am in no way an expert on sports, football, or even the Redskins, but I do absolutely adore them, their fans and their home state(s). My favourite Redskin is and will always be Darrell Green (not because we share the same last name lol). I've adored Chris Cooley since he joined the team from the 2004 draft and love London Fletcher. Hail to the Redskins! See you October 30th in my home town of Toronto.