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After losing their must-win, Redskins on a bit of a roll

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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.

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50 Responses to “After losing their must-win, Redskins on a bit of a roll”
  1. abninf says: Nov 22, 2012 8:13 PM

    The NFL and politics are the same. There’s no hope for a better future and I just don’t care anymore.

    -Dallas Cowboy fan

  2. thehighhat says: Nov 22, 2012 8:13 PM

    Cowboys are who we thought they are: a lazy mediocre team!

    But the are SOOOO talented!

  3. skins23 says: Nov 22, 2012 8:14 PM

    Hey Colts fans – Luck still better than RG3?

    You chose….. poorly.

  4. logicalvoicesays says: Nov 22, 2012 8:15 PM

    How bout them Redskins? The Redskins are far and away the best team in the NFC East and are winning the division. Like I said before the game, no one will stop them from it. Kudos to Robert Griffin. He is the best Quarterback in professional football since John Elway retired and the fact that he’s just a rookie, this is all truly amazing. It would be a downright travesty if he doesn’t win Rookie of the Year and heck, even MVP of the NFC. The only thing stopping the Redskins from being the best team in the NFL is that the defense is so inconsistant, but one step at a time. We will win Super Bowls and the NFL will respect the Washington Redskins and Robert Griffin the 3rd, wheather they like it or not. Case closed.

  5. logicalvoicesays says: Nov 22, 2012 8:16 PM

    By the way Cowboy fans and the rest of the NFC East…this is only the beginning of the Redskins ruling over the division. This is about to be a 10+ year run of the Redskins rightfully getting back it’s division. The NFC East belongs to the Washington Redskins and no one forget it.

  6. 89lxbill says: Nov 22, 2012 8:17 PM

    Fire Jason Garrett….Fire Jerry Jones….This team is a joke. No structure.

  7. roastmeforbeingacardsfan says: Nov 22, 2012 8:18 PM

    Good stuff RG3 but washingtons D needs to get it together. I dont want to be a troll but is it true that people just go to games as a social event in dallas like aikman said?

  8. zjfr2 says: Nov 22, 2012 8:22 PM

    not likely to catch the Giants? if the Giants lose to Green Bay (very possible) the Skins are one game back and hosting the Giants next week. Hardly an unlikely scenario.

  9. dal1boys says: Nov 22, 2012 8:30 PM

    So much trash talking for a 5-6 team, difference in cowboy fans and skins fans, we can admit when we’re no good, y’all talk like ur the 8-2 falcons, grab a straw, y’all will be lucky to get to 8-8

  10. bigmikeskinsfan says: Nov 22, 2012 8:31 PM

    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.
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    what do you base this on? they can EASILY lose to the Packers and then we control our own destiny the VERY NEXT WEEK when we play them!

  11. xsfmed says: Nov 22, 2012 8:34 PM

    You skins’ fans are something else. Your team isnt even at .500! Make the playoffs for the first time in forever and then you can talk.

  12. dcfan4life says: Nov 22, 2012 8:41 PM

    Man the cowboys are a poorly coached team. Mental mistakes, the worst clock management from an NFL team ive ever seen, which is pathetic since they were called out for this already TWICE this year. Dont worry cowboy fans, Andy Reid is about to be made available…

  13. bills4 says: Nov 22, 2012 8:50 PM

    Watching Dallas lose is a thing of beauty. Now if the Patriots would just fold.

  14. paredskinwarrior1985 says: Nov 22, 2012 8:53 PM

    now why is it that the cowboys and eagles have a chance to catch the giants but the redskins dont???

    you do realize that if the packers beat the giants on Sunday next weeks Monday might football game between the skins and giants will be for first place as the redskins would hold the tie breaker with a win!!!!!!!!!!!

    HTTR lets do this!!!!
    take it one game at a time! fight like bloodthirsty warriors, play like champions, dominate and win!!!!!
    HTTR!!!

    can’t wait for mnf!!! may it be the battle for first in the east and may the redskins dominate and win!!!!
    it will be the best mnf in months if its a battle for 1st place and is something that mnf needs this year as it has been mostly horrid games!!!!

  15. misterdreamer119 says: Nov 22, 2012 8:54 PM

    Slow down logical. Bob Griffin is an awesome QB, but theres a lot of season left.

  16. cinfante54 says: Nov 22, 2012 8:55 PM

    Cowboys fail to live up to expectations, yet Skip Bayless will still pick this team to go to the Super Bowl.

  17. magicbucs says: Nov 22, 2012 8:58 PM

    Why in the world are they called America’s team? I’m from America and they’re not my team.
    I’m tired of hearing about the cowboys on espn and nfl network. They suck. Give other teams more credit like the BUCS, skins, Seahawks, etc. that are actually playing well.

  18. shaggytoodle says: Nov 22, 2012 8:59 PM

    skins23 says:Nov 22, 2012 8:14 PM

    Hey Colts fans – Luck still better than RG3?

    ________

    I am not a fan of either team, but yeah I think Luck is better, granted this is one of the few times I have seen RG3 and hes darn good.

    I think both teams should be happy with thier QB but that comeback Luck lead against the Packers a while back was something I haven’t heard of RG3 doing yet.

  19. nonnieynonniey says: Nov 22, 2012 9:01 PM

    Not likely to catch the first place Giants??? If somehow the Packers beat the Giants this weekend (I would hardly call that a long shot), essentially the Redskins will have caught them already, as the Redskins destiny will be back in their hands. To speak plainly the Redskins will be 1 game down and will meet the Giants next week for the Division lead.

  20. thesmiteofthewicked says: Nov 22, 2012 9:08 PM

    logicalvoicesays:
    Nov 22, 2012 8:15 PM

    “The Redskins are far and away the best team in the NFC East”

    That’s an interesting statement, considering they’re behind the Giants and have already lost to them.

  21. jh500 says: Nov 22, 2012 9:13 PM

    RG3, at this point, is a top QB in the league. No question about it.

  22. battleborn1 says: Nov 22, 2012 9:34 PM

    See? RG3 too good for the Cowboys! Garrett has got to go. His inability to adjust to opponent’s game plan early in the game has occurred too much this season. Too many games where the Cowboys were way behind by the 3rd quarter. And his press conference will be how the team fought hard and fought through adversary but just came up a little too short. Happy Thanksgiving by the way!

  23. rajbais says: Nov 22, 2012 9:44 PM

    Maybe I was wrong about Shanahan.

    Now, I am really rooting for the Skins!!! They can beat the Cowboys to end it for Romo and the Eagles to cease the Andy Reid rule in Philly!!!

  24. peytonsneck18 says: Nov 22, 2012 10:02 PM

    Skins do alot of talking for a very mediocre team that finally showed up against a underporforming cowboys team, last time yal was in playoffs was when Reagan was in office

  25. peytonsneck18 says: Nov 22, 2012 10:04 PM

    LOL @skins fans thinking they are relevant

  26. waiting4asuperbowl says: Nov 22, 2012 10:05 PM

    future is bright!! This kid is amazing. Die hard skins fan but we got a ways to go.

  27. nesuperfan says: Nov 22, 2012 10:06 PM

    He still has 5 games to go, but RG3 is looking like a lot like the Rookie of the Year.

  28. dallassux says: Nov 22, 2012 10:07 PM

    Andrew Luck is leading a bad Colts team last year to the playoffs. RGIII is leading his team, ummm well to the same place it’s been for the last 20 years.

    But at least the skins are an entertaining mediocre team

  29. musicman495 says: Nov 22, 2012 10:23 PM

    All I could think today was that Mike and Kyle Shanahan sure look a lot “smarter” with RG3 and Morris in the backfield, than who they had last year.

  30. docboss says: Nov 22, 2012 10:28 PM

    This was a tough one to watch. As a Rams fan, who should I want to win: the team that gives us a first round pick in 2013 or the most hated, repulsive, arrogant bunch of premadonnas in the NFL? Oh, I forgot… the worst GM but best businessman in all of sports. Hmmm. GO RGIII! Glad the ‘Skins won, but as a Rams fan, I hope they lose the rest of their games and meet us in the 2014 NFC Championship game.

  31. mrdebonair86 says: Nov 22, 2012 10:36 PM

    The RG3 vs. Luck argument is dumb right now. Both QBs are in systems that compliment them. I dont think RG3 would do what he’s doin in the Colts system.

  32. skinsfan91 says: Nov 22, 2012 10:44 PM

    Griffin became the first Redskins quarterback in franchise history to throw four touchdown passes in consecutive games. He also became the first rookie quarterback in NFL history to throw four touchdown passes in consecutive games

    Luck who?

  33. skinsfan91 says: Nov 22, 2012 11:04 PM

    Pierre Garcon. “Gar-drop”? That dart he snatched out of the air, only to run for a 51 yard TD didn’t seem to “drop-ish” to me. And that’s also on a hobbled foot.

  34. edwinmoses says: Nov 22, 2012 11:11 PM

    bills4 says: Nov 22, 2012 8:50 PM

    Watching Dallas lose is a thing of beauty. Now if the Patriots would just fold.
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    you do realize that if you were a real bills fan you’d be rooting for the jets to win since we’re competing against them for the wild card.

  35. edwinmoses says: Nov 22, 2012 11:12 PM

    mis-type…NE to win since they locked the afc east already. Doubtful Jets pull it off but nevertheless…

  36. cidman2001 says: Nov 22, 2012 11:12 PM

    How can Jerry Jones justify buying everything but a running game and expect to compete? Most teams these days have two or three strong backs. I’m not sure they have one.

  37. edwinmoses says: Nov 22, 2012 11:13 PM

    skins23 says:Nov 22, 2012 8:14 PM

    Hey Colts fans – Luck still better than RG3?
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    Both are very good, but to answer your question, YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. dretwann says: Nov 22, 2012 11:23 PM

    Good win Skins, but you could learn something from the Pats. Watching them now put foot all up in NY. Up 37 points and still making it happen. Can’t stand them but they play the whole damn game. They don’t take anything for granted. When you got a team down like that, keep them down. Put your foot in their throat. Play like you playing catch-up until the clock reads 00:00 in the 4th quarter.

  39. rajbais says: Nov 23, 2012 12:43 AM

    Go Skins!!!!!

    No more Romo talk after this game!!!

    Dallas Cowboys = The country’s most overrated team!!!!

  40. finsphan says: Nov 23, 2012 1:44 AM

    rg3 has a running game, an offensive minded coach and they baby sit him with a bunch of safe drop off plays and screen plays, and throws deep here and there, rg3 is great, but luck is successful with far less and is forced to do a lot more in the offense. they will both be great, but luck is better

  41. ramasez says: Nov 23, 2012 2:10 AM

    @shaggytoodle

    I like both but I suggest you watch some highlights or something, I would have just said o well your just looking up stats and not the game but Luck’s stats aren’t even comparing to RG3 right now.

  42. blackqbwhiterb says: Nov 23, 2012 5:02 AM

    A brilliant job by Kyle Shanahan, and I’ve often complained about him in recent weeks. Haslett also, needs some credit- the defense kept Romo from doing what he wanted almost all night…..as usual, the Cowboys are very dangerous when Romo scrambles, you’ve got to keep him in the pocket…DeMarcus Ware<Trent Williams, by the way…

  43. randallflagg52 says: Nov 23, 2012 6:25 AM

    logicalvoicesays says:
    Nov 22, 2012 8:15 PM
    How bout them Redskins? The Redskins are far and away the best team in the NFC East and are winning the division. Like I said before the game, no one will stop them from it. Kudos to Robert Griffin. He is the best Quarterback in professional football since John Elway retired and the fact that he’s just a rookie, this is all truly amazing. It would be a downright travesty if he doesn’t win Rookie of the Year and heck, even MVP of the NFC. The only thing stopping the Redskins from being the best team in the NFL is that the defense is so inconsistant, but one step at a time. We will win Super Bowls and the NFL will respect the Washington Redskins and Robert Griffin the 3rd, wheather they like it or not. Case closed.

    ====================================

    RG3 the best QB since Elway retired? Come on man… RG3 is solid, but he is not the best QB since Elway. That may be the most idiotic statement I’ve ever heard from someone who is a non steeler fan…

  44. giants56 says: Nov 23, 2012 7:34 AM

    The Skins are looking very good…It should be a good game vs the Giants for the NFC east lead. But we must beat the Packers at home on Sunday…As far as Luck vs RG3…I think this is like, do you want Marino or Elway, both will be the Class of the League.

  45. richturpin says: Nov 23, 2012 7:54 AM

    I am not a fan of either team, but yeah I think Luck is better, granted this is one of the few times I have seen RG3 and hes darn good.

    I think both teams should be happy with thier QB but that comeback Luck lead against the Packers a while back was something I haven’t heard of RG3 doing yet.

    _______________

    Luck is better, what exactly are you basing that decision on? RG3 is better in EVERY statistical category except for passing yards (Luck has thrown 120 more passes) and RG3 dominates 16 TD- 4 INT compared to 12 TD and 12 INT for Luck. That’s ok, you’ll be one of the last ones to the party. RG3>>>>>Andrew Luck

  46. skinsdiehard says: Nov 23, 2012 10:41 AM

    peytonsneck18 says:
    Nov 22, 2012 10:02 PM
    Skins do alot of talking for a very mediocre team that finally showed up against a underporforming cowboys team, last time yal was in playoffs was when Reagan was in office
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    Peytonsneck18, you continue to be one of the mostuninformed people on this site. Recent playoff years Skins are as follows: 1999 (10-6, won division, 1-1 in playoffs), 2005 (10-6, 1-1 in playoffs) and 2007 (9-7, 0-1 in playoffs).

  47. toonloonboon says: Nov 23, 2012 11:50 AM

    1. for people arguing who’s better, luck or rg3, who cares? they’re both good, that’s all that matters. enough with that annoying, pointless debate.

    2. skins fans need to shut the hell up. no fan base in the world talks more garbage without their team backing it up, year after year, than Washington. they are a below 500 team that recently lost to the 1 win panthers. theyve been in last place 4 straight seasons and haven’t won their division since 1999! there’s only a handful of bottom feeding teams that haven’t won a single division title since 1999 and the redskins are one of them. they’re 5-6, have a TERRIBLE defense and we’ll see if they can handle their little success here when they play ny again and Baltimore. we’ll see. the teams who’s fans talk THIS much, they back them up. we’ ll see.

  48. timocracy13 says: Nov 23, 2012 12:57 PM

    toonloonboon says: Nov 23, 2012 11:50 AM

    1. for people arguing who’s better, luck or rg3, who cares? they’re both good, that’s all that matters. enough with that annoying, pointless debate.

    2. skins fans need to shut the hell up. no fan base in the world talks more garbage without their team backing it up, year after year, than Washington. they are a below 500 team that recently lost to the 1 win panthers. theyve been in last place 4 straight seasons and haven’t won their division since 1999! there’s only a handful of bottom feeding teams that haven’t won a single division title since 1999 and the redskins are one of them. they’re 5-6, have a TERRIBLE defense and we’ll see if they can handle their little success here when they play ny again and Baltimore. we’ll see. the teams who’s fans talk THIS much, they back them up. we’ ll see.
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    Erm, what are you talking about? If you’re basing your claim off of what posters on PFT say, there’s only one poster here who exaggerates the greatness of the ‘Skins. Most instances of ‘Skins fandom are responses to trolls like peytonsneck, boysroll, and RG3andout.

    If it bothers you that much, stay out of threads that relate to the team.

  49. larrydavid7000 says: Nov 23, 2012 3:13 PM

    All I have to say is remember the 2005 Redskins. If you don’t know what I am talking about LOOK IT UP.!!!!!!!!! 2 down 5 to go.!!!!!!!

  50. londonfletcher59 says: Nov 26, 2012 1:15 PM

    “He finished with 441 passing yards and three touchdowns, looking as sharp late as he did sloppy early.”

    Of course he ended up with 441 passing yards. What were they going to do down 25 points at the half, run the ball??

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