RGIII, Redskins Deal Dallas' East Hopes Huge Blow
The last head coach of the Dallas Cowboys with Super Bowl skins hanging on his wall used to say something along the lines of you are what your record says you are.
All due respect to Bill Parcells, but these Cowboys may actually be worse than their record indicates.
In a must win game played in front of a packed Cowboys Stadium the Dallas Cowboys folded like the lawn chair underneath your overweight uncle after Thanksgiving dinner.
Once again the Cowboys were flat from the opening kickoff showing very little signs of actually being ready to play; something that has happened to this team on a far too regular basis ever since Jason Garrett was given the keys to Jerry's team.
Robert Griffin III torched the Dallas secondary for two huge touchdown passes in the first half including the initial score on a 68 yard touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson setting the tone for a long afternoon for the Dallas secondary.
The second big pass play, a 59 yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon, blew things wide open for the Redskins who had all the momentum on their side up 21-3; but they weren't done yet.
A Tony Romo interception late in the first half killed a promising drive for the Cowboys and gave the Redskins excellent field position and all three timeouts remaining.
Griffin hit Santana Moss on the edge of the end zone and the veteran wide-out dragged both feet beautifully to complete the score and give the Redskins an astounding 28 point second quarter.
Clearly disgusted, what was left of the life in the crowd in Dallas was quickly turned into a stadium of boo birds for the home team Cowboys as Jerry's team, heads hanging down to their cleats, made their way to the locker room wondering what in the world just happened.
The second half started out better for the Cowboys, not that it could actually get worse, with Romo connecting for a 33 yard gain with running back Felix Jones setting Dallas up first and goal at the six.
The Cowboys would not advance the ball any further.
After a drop-off pass to Dunbar lost the Cowboys four yards and a penalty cost them another five, Dallas settled for the field goal.
After a successful stand by the Dallas defense, Romo fired a pass down the middle of the field from his own 15 yard line connecting with the emerging Dez Bryant for an 85 yard touchdown pass igniting the Dallas crowd and putting Dallas at least for a moment back in the game.
That moment would prove to be short lived as the Redskins marched down the field and answered on a Griffin pass to tight end Niles Paul for a 29 yard touchdown making the score 35-13.
Dallas was able to make this a football game again late in the fourth quarter with two quick touchdowns including one after a key Griffin interception by Dallas safety Charlie Peprah pulled the Cowboys within a touchdown.
Dallas' defense was once again in a position where a stop was crucial, similar to late in the game against the Falcons a few weeks ago and once again they failed to get the Redskins off the field.
Badly needing to force a punt the Cowboys defense bent just enough to allow the Redskins to hit a 48 yard field goal making it a two possession game and leaving Dallas with only 3 minutes left on the clock.
Dallas would add a field goal on their next possession but the onside kick that followed was fielded by DeAngelo Hall and returned to the Cowboys 1 yard line.
Hall could have scored but decided to slide to a stop, a rare gesture of mercy in this heated rivalry.
While the Cowboys made this game somewhat interesting toward the end, they simply could not dig themselves out of the massive deficit the Redskins built in the second quarter.
Dallas now falls to 5-6 and third in the NFC East behind the Giants and Redskins who hold the tiebreaker with the Cowboys.
With only five games remaining in the season Dallas must not only win all of their remaining games, but also hope the Giants lose 2 of their last five for Dallas to have any chance of winning the East.
The way the NFC playoff race is shaping up, winning the division may be the only way Dallas can make the playoffs putting them in yet another tough spot.
Like Parcells said, you are what your record says you are, and these Cowboys are 5-6 sitting on the outside looking into the playoff picture wondering what could have been.