When you think of the Washington Redskins and their biggest rival, who is the one team that comes to mind?
I’ll give you a break if you said the Giants or Eagles, but anyone who’s anyone knows that the Cowboys have been the Redskins biggest rival since the first time they took the field together in 1960—a 26-14 Redskins victory.
Since that day, the Redskins-Cowboys rivalry has become one of the most heated battles as they often find themselves jockeying for playoff spots. Week 17 of the 2012 season I’m looking at you.
So, where do Redskins-Cowboys encounters rank among the best rivalries in the NFL today?
According to the Russell Baxter of Bleacher Report, the two teams find themselves as the No. 5 rivalry in the NFL.
While AFC North contests between the Steelers and Ravens is Baxter’s top rivalry, their matchups don’t have nearly as much prestige as a Redskins-Cowboys tilt.
From 1970-1995 the two teams combined to win a whopping 18 division titles and eight Lombardi Trophies.
Despite the fact that the Burgundy and Gold struggled against the Cowboys in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, the two games were always circled on the Redskins schedule as must-see TV. However, with Robert Griffin III in town those days are over.
Last year No. 10 led the Redskins to two victories over their NFC East counterparts including their epic 38-31 shellacking on Turkey Day in front of a national audience in front of the tube and chants of “RG3” filling Cowboys Stadium.
Baxter will have a keen eye on their battles next year as he knows that they always go down to the wire in memorable fashion.
“Eight of the last 10 meetings between Dallas and Washington have been decided by seven points or less. And be it Tom Landry vs. George Allen, Jimmy Johnson vs. Joe Gibbs or today’s Jason Garrett vs. Mike Shanahan, the intensity of the rivalry never changes.”
Hail to the Redskins!
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