Well it was fun while it lasted. Just in case you were in a cave with your fingers stuck in your ears, the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Washington Redskins last Sunday night. The Redskins defense couldn’t stop Barber when they really needed to. The offense couldn’t get any consistancy. The Redskins secondary decided to actually cover the receivers instead of giving them a 10 yard cushion. It’s almost as if they looked at the first game and made adjustments or something!
Yes, Clinton Portis was playing hurt, but he WAS playing. The Redskins were at home and had a lead. Both teams had an extra week to prepare. Neither team played particularly well, but the Cowboys wanted it more. They were the better team. Even when the Redskins were in the lead, the Cowboys were outplaying the Redskins and had more yards and first downs. But for a special teams breakdown, the game would have been tied at the half.
I can’t say I was surprised – the Redskins passing game hasn’t really clicked since Philly – but this one hurts. This is now a season of wasted opportunities. Yeah the Giants had the division lead, but the Redskins were head and shoulders above both the Cowboys and Eagles and now they’re right back in the pack where they started. Once again they had a chance to show the world that they were a legitimate contender and they failed. At least it wasn’t a terrible rout like the Steelers game I guess.
Congrats to the Cowboys fans. Enjoy your victory. For once, it’s the Redskins fans who get to play the “what if” game. What if we had beaten the Rams? What if we could have pulled out a win in this game. Woulda coulda shoulda. The fact is we’ve got another team that’s good but not great. We’ve got a team that will struggle to make the playoffs and will be lucky if it’s not one and done once it’s there. If it gets there at all.