Thursday, November 22, 2012

The 2012 Redskins are Streak Busters (Redskins/Cowboys Preview)

(Happy Thanksgiving everybody, enjoy some fun with Tony Romo)

This is not typically a game that the Redskins would win. Matter of fact it's the perfect type of "let down" game you would expect from the Washington Redskins. A prime time equivalent game (the Redskins have generally fared poorly in prime time games over the years) where the Redskins have the floor to show the world what they can do. They just destroyed a bad Eagles team, but nonetheless an Eagles team that has given them many headaches over the last decade plus. They are facing a Cowboys team with some serious issues (3/5ths of their O-line could be out today, same with their starting RB, #3 WR and a few D starters) and have a chance to face the Giants in 10 days for the NFCE lead (of course this means the Redskins need to win today and the Giants lose to the Packers on Sunday). Plus, the Redskins have bad memories when it comes to playing on Thanksgiving against the Cowboys. They have yet to beat Dallas -ever- on Thankgiving (0-6 vs. Cowboys) and Tony Romo is 5-0 when playing on Thanksgiving.

Not looking good is it?

But here's the thing: The Redskins have been notorious at breaking trends and streaks this year with much of it coming in the last two weeks. Let's start three weeks ago against the Panthers. We won't talk about that dreadful game but the streak that has been in DC almost as long as the Redskins. The Redskins Rule happened during an election year and the rule was simple enough- if the Redskins win the game prior to the election the incumbent president (or his party) would win. If they lose, the incumbent loses. With exception to 2004 where GW Bush won the electoral college and was re-elected (however, he did lose the popular vote) after a 'Skins loss to the Packers (BTW the loss to the Packers was controversial. A last second winning TD by the Redskins was called back by an illegal shift penalty THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN!!!!! I don't forgive or forget lousy officiating......). So, after the loss to the Panthers, it looked like Romney was destined to win. Not so, President Obama was re-elected. Move forward two weeks against the Eagles. Yes, the Eagles are a bad team but so are the Panthers so that means little to nothing. There were a ton of streaks/trends in last week's game that were broken. First, was that the Redskins were 0-4 coming off of the BYE week. This includes 2011 and 2010 where they faced the Eagles coming off a BYE and lost. The Redskins had been 0-8 against rookie QBs going back to 2005 and destroyed the future of the Eagles franchise in Nick Foles. Andy Reid had never lost 6 games in a row.....well now he has.

Also worth noting is the RGIII factor. Coming back to Texas for his first time since his Baylor days, you know that he plans to put on a show. This is Griffin's first time against the Cowboys and he could become another Cowboy killer just like Santana Moss and Chris Cooley. This is the type of game that Griffin seems to enjoy.

I'm not going to do my typical X's and O's look at this game or even talk about matchups because when the 'Skins play the Cowboys, all of that seems to go out the window any way. This should be a fun game to watch and hopefully, the 'Skins will be able to pull one out in Big D with a healthy following of Redskin and RGIII fans in attendance.

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