The Redskins have now won two straight since their bye week, beating a pair of division foes and looking legitimate again. Thursday’s 38-31 win over the Cowboys wasn’t as easy as it appeared at halftime (when they led 28-3), but their resilience was impressive.
And while at 5-6 they’re not likely to catch the first-place Giants, they’re at least showing more than they did pre-bye, and the progress is clear.
Despite throwing his fourth interception of the year (not a misprint), rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III had another sparkling day, with 311 passing yards and four touchdowns.
The loss drops the Cowboys to 5-6 as well, but after scrambling to beat the Browns at home last week, there’s a distinctly different feel to their 5-6.
The loss was a rare one for Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo in November, and his first in six Thanksgiving starts.
But the Cowboys problems on offense can’t be put solely on Romo, as he fought them back into the game as he has so many times. He finished with 441 passing yards and three touchdowns, looking as sharp late as he did sloppy early. Wide receiver Dez Bryant finished with 145 yards and two touchdowns, showing why the Cowboys are willing to give him so many chances.
On the other hand, Felix Jones was running like a man who should have been on the inactive list, with just 14 yards on the ground. Until DeMarco Murray returns, they’re going to have a hard time creating any kind of balance, and that has cost them some huge early deficits.
And the elbow injury that knocked linebacker Bruce Carter out in the second half takes away yet another defensive signal-caller, which will only complicate a task that was difficult enough to begin with.