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WAS-DAL: Five Things To Watch In 2013

Posted by Chris Herting on May 17, 2013 – 3:36 pm


Circle your calendars.

The Redskins will head to Dallas on October 13th for a Week 6, NBC Sunday Night Football (8:30pm), clash before returning home to host Dallas in a Week 16 tilt at FedExField on December 22nd at 1pm (full schedule).

The burgundy and gold hit the bye week early this year in Week 5 which means that the Redskins will face the Cowboys following the bye. Considering that the Redskins are coached my Mike Shanahan and that Shanahan is currently 11-6 in games following bye weeks, there’s positive sign number one.

Remember last season following the Bye Week? It was a 31-6 thrashing of the Philadelphia Eagles and the beginning of a seven game winning streak.

Anyway, here are five things to watch for heading into next year’s matchups against Dallas.

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2012 WAS-DAL Rivalry: Top Performers

Posted by Chris Herting on May 17, 2013 – 10:15 am


Yesterday, we previewed the ‘Unsung Heroes’ or six players who we thought escaped the spotlight but deserved recognition for their clutch plays and big time performances in the two games versus Dallas.

Today, we’re looking at the ‘Top Performers’ or players who had, to say the least, incredible games against the rival Cowboys and players who were a big reason why the Redskins swept the season series and earned a playoff berth.

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NFL Films: The Origin Of A Rivalry

Posted by Andrew Walker on December 30, 2012 – 9:43 am

It started out, oddly enough, with a yet-to-be established NFL franchise and a fight song.

More than 50 years later, the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys continue to do battle twice a year as divisional foes and bitter rivals.

The series adds its next chapter tonight, when the Redskins play host to the Cowboys in a nationally-televised game that will determine the NFC East champion.

It’s perhaps the third most important game in the Redskins-Cowboys series history, right behind the 1972 and 1982 NFC Championship games, both of which resulted in Washington wins.

According to the NFL Films video above — which was originally presented in 1991’s “NFL’s Greatest Rivalries” — it all started in 1960, when the Cowboys were an NFL expansion franchise. The Redskins had been dominating the South airwaves, something that a franchise in Texas would threaten and something Washington owner George Preston Marshall wasn’t going to give up without a fight.

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Redskins Historian: Cowboys Rivalry

Posted by Andrew Walker on December 30, 2012 – 8:12 am

By Mike Richman
The Redskins Historian

(Click here for more about the Redskins-Cowboys rivalry)

In an appearance on D.C. television station FOX-5 on Dec. 28, 2012, Redskins Historian Mike Richman talks with news anchor Tony Perkins about the storied Redskins-Cowboys rivalry, two days before the teams would clash in a seismic game at FedExField to determine the NFC East champion.

Mike points out that the game marks the first time in 33 years (1979) that the Redskins and Cowboys have met in a regular season-ending game that holds playoff implications for both teams.

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Redskins-Cowboys: A Rivalry Renewed

Posted by Andrew Walker on November 22, 2012 – 8:36 am

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VIDEO: Gibbs On Cowboys, Chapel

Posted by Andrew Walker on November 20, 2012 – 6:43 pm

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It’s a safe bet to say Joe Gibbs knows a thing or two about the Redskins-Cowboys rivalry.

Gibbs — the legendary Redskins coach who won three Super Bowl titles with the team in the 1980s and early 1990s — stopped by Redskins Park for a visit today and spoke with Larry Michael, the Voice of the Redskins, about that rivalry with the Cowboys.

“I think that’s probably one of the things that people ask me [about what] I miss is that, it’s the great rivalry between the Cowboys and the Redskins,” Gibbs said. “One thing about that game: you’re either a Redskin or you’re a Cowboy — there’s nobody in-between.”

Gibbs also cleared the air on a recent report that he gave the Cowboys a pregame speech earlier this season.

“Please set this straight. I did a chapel service,” Gibbs said with a smile. “I was talking about the Lord. Not anything about football.”

Here’s the full interview with Michael, which took place in front of those three beautiful Lombardi Trophies:

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Beck, Fitzpatrick, And A Very Old Rivalry

Posted by Brian Tinsman on October 26, 2011 – 5:47 pm

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Sunday’s game in Toronto will pit two competitors against one another that have met many times before.

The Rogers Centre will be just the latest scene of the classic rivalry between John Beck and Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The last time that Beck and Fitzpatrick squared off on the same playing field, both were backup quarterbacks for the Dolphins and Bengals, respectively.  The time before that, may have been in high school football in Pheonix, Ariz.  Or perhaps in community league swim team.

“I think it started off with swimming, to be honest,” Fitzpatrick told the media, about the way he met Beck.  “[Beck]’s a year older than I am and I have two older brothers that are twins who are a year-and-a-half older than I am, so he was in between us.  We grew up playing sports against each other.”

Beck confirmed the story during his own media session today, noting the similarities between their professional paths as well.

“Ryan and I actually grew up together,” he said.  “We’ve known each other since we were seven years old, eight years old. I’m really happy to see his success, but there [similarity] is because I know his story that he just kept working and, at one point, he was out of football and then he got picked up by the Cincinnati Bengals and played in I believe 12 games or 13 games for them that year. It’s just a good example – if you keep working, good things can happen.”

Beck is seeking his own success story this Sunday, still in pursuit of his first professional win as a starter.  The man on the field who best understand’s Beck’s path to this point may be Fitzpatrick.

“[Beck]’s definitely a competitor,” Fitzpatrick said.  “I think quarterback was always what he wanted to do.”

“I do remember that he was really good at backstroke though,” he added.

That’s Beck-stroke, to you.  He could have been the next Michael Phelps, before Michael Phelps.

“I think that’s the main thing,” Fitzpatrick said jokingly.  “When he was nine or 10 years old, I think he was maybe the best backstroker in the state.”

Beck is so invited to my pool party next summer.

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To Rival, Or Not To Rival?

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 25, 2011 – 11:48 am

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That is the question.

Without fail, any time a Washington team faces off against a Baltimore team, it’s likened to the Subway Series in New York, the Freeway Series in L.A., the Battle of the Bay in San Francisco, etc.  But is this “Battle of the Beltway” actually based on anything substantive, or is it simply a media creation?

Here are a few of my own observations.

In favor of a rivalry:

  • Proximity is everything, and it doesn’t get much closer than 40 miles.  Don’t blame the media for creating this rivalry–it’s too good to pass up.
  • The two cities aren’t similar in history or tradition.  It’s really a blue collar city vs. white collar city.  In this case, it’s just purple collar vs. burgundy collar.
  • There are 10 current Redskins with ties to the Ravens.  On this squad, that’s only one-ninth of the roster, but that’s a large segment that probably have a little something extra for tonight.

Against a rivalry:

  • Different divisions, different conferences.  Preseason aside, these two teams only play meaningful games once every four years.
  • The two cities do share a sports tradition, and therefore a common fanbase.  The Baltimore Bullets moved to Washington and became the Wizards.  Before the Ravens, most Baltimore natives were Redskins fans (and many still are).  Before the Nationals, most Washingtonians were Orioles fans (and many still are).  Many Burgundy and Gold-clad fans will bellow out an “Oh!” during the National Anthem tonight at M&T Bank Stadium, so are we really that different?
  • When it’s sunny in Washington, it’s usually sunny in Baltimore.  When there’s a Snowmageddon in Washington, Baltimore is under 30 inches as well.  When there’s traffic on I-95 South, there may not be traffic on 95 North, but there will be later that day.  It gets kind of hard to demonize your neighbors.

That’s my evidence, now you be the judge:


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