Saturday, October 12, 2013

Santana Moss' Legacy Vs. The Dallas Cowboys

It can be hard to make a name for yourself being a Washington Redskin.
Photo: G. Newman Lowrance/AP With a history of notable players, Santana Moss has a significant place in the Redskin's Legacy.
Photo: G. Newman Lowrance/AP
With a history of notable players, Santana Moss has a significant place in the Redskin's Legacy.
Look at the legacy of this franchise over the past eighty plus years. From Slinging Sammy to Larry Brown, Charley Taylor, Sonny Jurgensen, John Riggins, Art Monk, Darrell Green, The Fun Bunch and The Hogs. There are plenty of characters that have worn the burgundy and gold throughout the years. However, there are a few ways you can become part of the legacy of the franchise.
One is to help the franchise win a Super Bowl. The next is to have some of your best games against the Redskins arch rival, the Dallas Cowboys.

While he hasn't won a Super Bowl with the Redskins (yet), Santana Moss has had some of his best games against the Cowboys since he has become a Redskin.

As Santana Moss continues his ninth season as a Redskin and about to face the Cowboys for the seventeenth time as a member of Washington's football franchise, it's time we take a look back at some of the great performances he's had and why he's earned the nickname of Cowboy Killa.
It all started back in 2005. Moss joined the Redskins from the Jets in a trade for fellow wide receiver Laveranues Coles. After winning their first game of the season against Chicago, the Redskins headed to Texas Stadium to face Bill Parcells and his Cowboys.

The game did not go well. Late in the fourth quarter, the Redskins were down 13-0. The team had not scored a touchdown at this point in the entire season (they beat the Bears thanks to three John Hall field goals) and didn't look like they were going to score at all.

And then with 3:55 remaining in the game on a 4th and 15, this happened.......

and just a minute later Mark Brunell launches another bomb at Moss......

The Redskins would go on to win the game 14-13 and this game has become one of a few different games dubbed the "Monday Night Miracle".
In 2007, Todd Collins capped off a victory with a TD pass to Moss in the final game of the season. With this victory, the Redskins made the playoffs.
Santana Moss
Photo: Tim Sharp/AP
Moss scores a TD vs. Dallas last Thanksgiving.
Last year, Moss had a more limited role on the roster but was still able to have a strong game against Dallas last Thanksgiving. During the game he had four catches for forty-two yards and a touchdown to spoil the Cowboys' annual holiday game.

In 16 games as a Redskin against the Cowboys, Moss has caught 79 passes for 1,124 yards and 7 TDs. If you include his lone performance against the Cowboys as a Jet (5 catches, 65 yards), Moss has a career total of 84 catches for 1,189 yards and 7 TDs.

As we've been saying all week, the Redskins will need to score early and often if they are going to beat Dallas this week. With Dallas having difficulties in their secondary and having one of the worst pass defenses in the league (31st overall), it may be prudent for Robert Griffin III to be throwing the ball from time to time. If he does, I hope the Redskins make sure that Santana Moss is on the field and that RGIII is ready to get the ball to him. Even in the later stages of his career Santana Moss knows how to do damage to the Dallas Cowboys. For that, he'll always have a place in Redskins history.

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