And not just by James Thrash, either …
Dammit, the Redskins are good this year. We have competition across the board in the NFC East.
Honestly, I liked it better when the Redskins just flat out sucked, but what are you gonna do.
They definitely outplayed us, despite having several players knocked out by heat and humidity. The Washington defense did its job by limiting the supposedly explosive Cowboys offense to 24 points, and then Jason Campbell and the offense were spectacular. They executed when they had to, and the Dallas defense could not rise to the occasion.
They also outcoached us. Did they ever. During a critical stretch in the second half the ‘Boys attempted something like 5 consecutive passes to Terrell Owens, all incomplete. Maybe it was because all of our other receivers were blanketed, but I think it was a case of play calling malfeasance which wasted one of the key advantages Dallas brings to the table: having so many weapons in the passing game.
Then there was a critical penalty for 12 men on the field coming off a time-out, which was the nail in the coffin. I imagine the discussion in Dallas tomorrow will be initiated with a memorandum with the following header:
To: Wade Phillips
From: Jerry Jones
Congrats to the Redskins players and coaches for officially resurrecting the franchise.
My take is I’d rather have my team take these kinds of losses early in the season, because they show the weaknesses. As opposed to when I was younger and all I hoped for was that the Cowboys would win; nowadays what I hope for is that they are good. We are not that good right now, so let’s watch the film and get better.