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Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys Back to Being a Meaningful Rivalry?

Demarcus Ware Dallas Cowboys; Robert Griffin III Washington Redskins

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The Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys take on one another in a ‘winner take all’ game Sunday night in the nation’s capital. Over the years these two teams have maintained one of the most storied rivalries in all of sports. Whether Dallas and Washington are having winning seasons or not, when they meet all eyes are glued to the television.

What makes Sunday night’s game so empowering is the fact that they both have winning records in week 17, which doesn’t happen often. Both teams started the season rough, Redskins at 3-6 and the Cowboys at 3-5. They have both gotten on a roll and have positioned themselves for a playoff run, which seemed so distant at one point and time.

The Redskins and Cowboys met in the NFC Championship twice, in 1972 and 1983, and the Redskins won both games. Those may be two of the biggest games in these teams’ history versus each other. However, this will be the biggest game between the two in recent history, and some of the younger Cowboys/Redskins fans may have never seen a game of this magnitude being played against one another.

In their first meeting this season on Thanksgiving Day, families sat together enjoying their lovely meals and witnessed Robert Griffin III and the Redskins put on an absolute show. RGIII wasn’t afraid to step into the rivalry in full effect, as he threw for 304 yards and four touchdowns This kid hasn’t seemed too shy when the bright lights are shining, which may not be a good sign for the Cowboys come Sunday night. Redskins jumped out to a 28-6 lead in that game, while the Cowboys made a run late to make it interesting. However, Washington held on and won 38-31. That game may have caught Dallas off guard, as they were accustomed to winning on Thanksgiving Day.

As young as a lot of the players are on these two teams, this rivalry may have stepped it up a bit and renewed itself.

The Redskins are younger overall, but Cowboys’ players WR Dez Bryant, RB Demarco Murray, and CB Morris Claiborne will be around for a while. RGIII, RB Alfred Morris, WR Pierre Garcon, LB’s Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo are all in their 20′s for the Redskins and should be included in this rivalry for quite some time as well.

The Pittsburgh Steelers vs Baltimore Ravens, Green Bay Packers vs Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys vs Washington Redskins. These are maybe the top rivalries that we have in the NFL. A rivalry earns it’s name because of the history, the blood shed and meaningful games that’s played between two teams.

Washington and Dallas have earned those stripes, and get to add another one of those games to the history books come Sunday.


Redskins columnist

Josiah Turner