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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 12/16/2010

Redskins getting ready for Cowboys, regardless of teams' records

By Jason Reid

With all the talk about botched point-after attempts and punters coming and going, one could almost forget it's Dallas Week.

The Cowboys play host to the Redskins on Sunday at Cowboys Stadium, and there's usually a buzz in the air at Redskins Park when the rivals prepare to face each other. Washington (5-8) and Dallas (4-7) have both had awful seasons, so the NFC East matchup has lost some of its luster.

But the game still has meaning to the Redskins, who would rather not drop into a last-place tie in the division with the Cowboys.

"I know I'm thinking about Dallas," inside linebacker Rocky McIntosh said. "We've got the Cowboys this week, and that's all I'm thinking about. We've just got to take it one game at a time. This week, it's Dallas."

In what seems like a century ago now, the Redskins defeated the Cowboys, 13-7, in their season opener at FedEx Field. Since then, the Cowboys, considered among the preseason favorites to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl, have changed coaches and played the past seven games without injured quarterback Tony Romo.

Although playoff berths will not be at stake, the Redskins are still motivated to perform will Sunday because "it's Dallas," cornerback and defensive co-captain DeAngelo Hall said. "When it's Dallas, you throw the records out the window.

"And we're gonna fight. We're gonna fight, we're gonna scrap. We're gonna go out there and have fun."

The Cowboys have made strides under interim coach Jason Garrett, formerly the team's offensive coordinator, and backup quarterback Jon Kitna. In its last five games, Dallas is 3-2 and scoring a lot.

Although Kitna is not as elusive as Romo, and "he's more of a pocket-presence quarterback, he spreads the ball a lot more to different receivers," outside linebacker Brian Orakpo said. "It's not just a couple of targets, where you get Romo, [tight end Jason] Witten is like his safety blanket. And, obviously, [wide receiver] Miles Austin a lot. With Kitna, like I said, he's spreading the ball around [to] all kinds of receivers, different backs, and we've got to be prepared for that."

By Jason Reid  | December 16, 2010; 10:00 AM ET
Categories:  Brian Orakpo, Dallas Cowboys, DeAngelo Hall  
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Comments

I dont care who wins, I just hope dez bryant breaks his leg.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | December 16, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

So we can go about this a couple ways, either:
1. Get enough money together and buy him out, and YOU can own the team
or
2. Quit whining like a little b*tch...

let me know if you're not getting this...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 16, 2010 9:54 AM


Hey, Beantown, you really have a limited imagination. He$$one is well ahead of you on this one. He's gone for what's behind the third door. He's ruining $nyder financially with option number

3. Boycott $nyder.

He's already driven $nyder into bankruptcy at $ix Flag$, and now he's slowly turning the screws on $nyder's Red$kin$.

Posted by: beep-beep | December 16, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Redskins getting ready for Cowboys, regardless of teams' records


The good people at FOXSports have dubbed the Redskins v. Cowboys game as the 'Next To Last Place in the NFC East Bowl'.

How appropiate.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 16, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Dear Friends

It has probably come to your attention that certain people have taken grave exception to certain rantings and ravings on the RI blog.

Silly me -– for a moment there I thought we were living in the United States of America -– where we tend to value things like a free press, a healthy exchange of viewpoints, and even the right of someone to express an occasional dissenting view -– all in the interest of building and sustaining a better society.

It has also probably come to your attention that the amount of flame-throwing is usually directly proportional to the topic of discussion.

For example, any discussion of Redskin team owner Dan Snyder’s continuing mismanagement of his very profitable but hopelessly cursed NFL franchise seems to almost immediately bring about the deployment of legions of pro-Dan sock puppets -– who will endlessly reiterate Dan’s Daily Talking Points about how he really wants to win, how he finally “gets it” about the need to remove himself from the business end of player acquisition, play calling, and player grievances, and how it is never too late to get great season tickets in the club section.

Thus, I would like to ask if it would it be fair and appropriate to suggest that some might find it more comfortable to communicate on some other, let’s even say, “better” moderated blog that does not allow disssenting viewpoints? I am thinking redskins.com is about as pro-Dan as it comes. And then there are the many other Snyder-owned media enterprises throughout this town -– most of which seem to have some sort of way for the reader, listener or viewer to interact with Dan’s hired henchmen -– if only to tell them how wonderful the team owner really is?

Please understand that it is not that I don’t welcome a healthy exchange of viewpoints -– and even a certain amount of dialogue with some who hold disssenting views -– and that might even include some who believe Snyder could be the best dude to hit this town since George Washington.

Or am I just being overly crass and skeptical to think that after so many losing seasons, this town might should demand and deserve something better from its favorite football team -– and perhaps even from the man who profits the most from it?

Sincerely Yours,

Posted by: Vic1 | December 16, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Good Morning,

Snow

Dallas Week

Cam Newton

Fire ST Coach Smith

Did I miss anything?

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 16, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Yes, Moe, the Skins have made it to a bowl game!

On this one, I'm taking the over. Skins do best when playing away. Going to be another big week for Torain. Nothing softens up the Dallas D like an abusive running game. Plus, whoever is QB will get a little more options, including how Cooley will be open.

Posted by: dcsween | December 16, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

"I know I'm thinking about Dallas," inside linebacker Rocky McIntosh said. "We've got the Cowboys this week, and that's all I'm thinking about."


Maybe a few minutes learning how to tackle by actually using your arms would be well spent as well?

Rocky reminded me of the players on that old vibrating nfl game for the last few weeks...what was that game called again?

Posted by: stevek20147 | December 16, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

DIE DOGS! DIE!
DIE DOGS! DIE!
DIE DOGS! DIE!
DIE DOGS! DIE!
DIE DOGS! DIE!
DIE DOGS! DIE!

Posted by: fullbagg | December 16, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

4th, you missed blowing up. The time to blow things up has arrived and the time is now. Really, we should all unite in RI brotherhood and rally around everything and then blow it up. There can never be too much of blowing things up. Let the blowing up of things begin!

What's this about Cam Newton? I was hoping we could wait a few rounds and get the tall fast kid named Craig K from Nevada ... pistol offense.

Posted by: dcsween | December 16, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Wow...a team preparing for an opponent regardless of record. Good thing this was posted, no chance we would have guessed this otherwise.

Next post: "Quarterbacks throwing in practice"...followed immediately by "Receivers reach out hands to receive passes"...

Posted by: brownwood26 | December 16, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

yes a player rolls up on his bad leg on the sideline while he is on crutches! That would be a great totally kick ass redskins-cowgirls moment of all time!!!!

Posted by: warriorking111285 | December 16, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

4th, you missed blowing up. The time to blow things up has arrived and the time is now. Really, we should all unite in RI brotherhood and rally around everything and then blow it up. There can never be too much of blowing things up. Let the blowing up of things begin!

What's this about Cam Newton? I was hoping we could wait a few rounds and get the tall fast kid named Craig K from Nevada ... pistol offense.

Posted by: dcsween | December 16, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Redskins getting ready for Cowboys, regardless of teams' records
By Jason Reid


Huh, it's Dallas week? Wouldn't have known it from all of the Grossman/McNabb controversy, Cooley unhappy, and Hunter Smith being cut posts. Way to write about what's REALLY important Reid. Keep up the mediocre work!

Posted by: monk811 | December 16, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 16, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

DIE DOGS! DIE!
DIE DOGS! DIE!
DIE DOGS! DIE!
DIE DOGS! DIE!
DIE DOGS! DIE!
DIE DOGS! DIE!

Posted by: fullbagg | December 16, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

What's Vick doing on a Redskins blog? How odd......

Posted by: monk811 | December 16, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Craig Kaepernick, 6'6" from Nevada ... accurate ... which is a good trait for a QB ... plus fast ... which helps too (see Vick ... who will be able to own a dof again in 2011!)

Posted by: dcsween | December 16, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Craig Kaepernick, 6'6" from Nevada ... accurate ... which is a good trait for a QB ... plus fast ... which helps too (see Vick ... who will be able to own a dof again in 2011!)

Posted by: dcsween | December 16, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Who wants to take this one...

The last play of the game will be a quarterback scramble to pick up the third and long by Kitna, dragging along with him Kareem Moore.... 24-21 pukes

Any takers???

Posted by: iHAVEfaith | December 16, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

(see Vick ... who will be able to own a dof again in 2011!)

Posted by: dcsween | December 16, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

What's a dof??? Sounds like a Swedish slave!

Posted by: monk811 | December 16, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

The last play of the game will be a quarterback scramble to pick up the third and long by Kitna, dragging along with him Kareem Moore.... 24-21 pukes

Posted by: iHAVEfaith | December 16, 2010 10:39 AM


Note the handle...you just can't make this stuff up...

Posted by: brownwood26 | December 16, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

It's crazy but I'm not even excited about playing against the boys this weekend. The only thing I'm thinking about is our draft slot, any other extra picks we can get via trades and how we can start shaping this roster to fit the schemes schemes. Now even the Caps can't buy a win, sigh. Sports is such a source of blah around here now.

Posted by: MaxnDC | December 16, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

It's crazy but I'm not even excited about playing against the boys this weekend. The only thing I'm thinking about is our draft slot, any other extra picks we can get via trades and how we can start shaping this roster to fit the schemes. Now even the Caps can't buy a win, sigh. Sports is such a source of blah around here now.

Posted by: MaxnDC | December 16, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

More blowing up ... and beeps

Posted by: dcsween | December 16, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

yes a player rolls up on his bad leg on the sideline while he is on crutches! That would be a great totally kick ass redskins-cowgirls moment of all time!!!!

Posted by: warriorking111285 | December 16, 2010 10:30 AM

That's not how it works in the NFL. Ray Wright, our strength and conditioning coach, is gonna trip him when he's getting off the bus. He'll never even make it to the Cowboys sideline.

Posted by: beep-beep | December 16, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

vic1

Please understand that it is not that I don’t welcome a healthy exchange of viewpoints

'Healthy exchange of ideas...?': therein lies your first mistake.

This place ain't some liberal democracy.

RI is the STD of all the WaPo Sports Blogs.

This place is kinda like a gloryhole where a keyboard does all the sex which is why you should wear latex gloves as you type.

Former gay-hating senator Larry Craig comes here to vent when he's not frequenting airport bathrooms looking for male love in what obviously is a wrong place.

Men yell, praise, congratulate, and hate each other as they'll never see the other guy.

So post whatever you want.

Remember that there's no guarantee anyone will read your stuff.

But anyone who posts in here just to build readers or accrue cheap fame isn't healthy.

Which is why I'm the sickest kid on this block.


Posted by: MistaMoe | December 16, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

It's crazy but I'm not even excited about playing against the boys this weekend. The only thing I'm thinking about is our draft slot, any other extra picks we can get via trades and how we can start shaping this roster to fit the schemes. Now even the Caps can't buy a win, sigh. Sports is such a source of blah around here now.

Posted by: MaxnDC | December 16, 2010 10:47 AM
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I have to agree Max, that's crazy. Yeah, we suck. Yeah, it's not a huge shock. But just think, if the Skins beat the Cowboys, you can walk around your place of employment, waving a broom in the face of all those Cow fans singing 'Hail' at the top of your lungs. PLUS, you get nine whole months of reciting the following, "Hey, we got a new coach, new system on both sides of the ball, yet won more games than the year before, and we swept y'all. Y'all won a playoff game the year before. What's your excuse?"

If the Skins win this Sunday, to me the season is a success (although far from great or resounding), and I will faithfully execute the game plan I have outlined above.

Posted by: walkdwalk | December 16, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

lol it would be great just to see another boy get knocked into him I wouldn't care just would love to see the cowgirls fans cry about how great he would be

Posted by: warriorking111285 | December 16, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

cam newton would make a great back up to tom brady I could see the pats taking him in the 2nd with all the picks they have

Posted by: warriorking111285 | December 16, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Let's just make sure to lose. I want higher draft picks in the Spring...

Posted by: Oogalaboogala | December 16, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Do or Die I am still a Redskin fan & always will be. My dad who died several years ago use to call them the "Winless Redskins". Guess we will have to call them that until they can get their act together. Go Skins!!

Posted by: SmilingCountry63 | December 16, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Local Fox should run Giants-Eagles game instead of this snoozer.

Posted by: loux24 | December 16, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Of course this game matters. If the Redskins can just win their last three games they'll be bowl-eligible.

Posted by: redhotCAPSaicin | December 16, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

This will be a good game I think. Neither team has quit on the season, even though neither has a chance to make the playoffs.

Posted by: avbanig | December 16, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse


I dont care who wins, I just hope dez bryant breaks his leg.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise

---------------------------------------------

He's already broken his leg bro... he's not playing.

http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?sport=nfl&id=5558

Posted by: avbanig | December 16, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

The only possible outcome that would interest me in this game is that the on Monday reports that there was an outbreak of botulisim in the food served in the respective onwers boxes at Cowboys Stadium.

This is not your daddy's Redskins-Cowboys anymore.

Posted by: Ve1ostrummer | December 16, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

The only possible outcome that would interest me in this game is that the on Monday The Post reports that there was an outbreak of botulisim in the food served in the respective onwers boxes at Cowboys Stadium.

This is not your daddy's Redskins-Cowboys anymore.

Posted by: Ve1ostrummer | December 16, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

The only possible outcome that would interest me in this game is that the on Monday The Post reports that there was an outbreak of botulisim in the food served in the respective onwers boxes at Cowboys Stadium.

This is not your daddy's Redskins-Cowboys anymore.

Posted by: Ve1ostrummer | December 16, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

whoever that monkeyspanker cat is that posts here needs help. to wish a broken leg on a player shows that you are a typical barney frank loving liberal who has never set foot on a football field. or, you are a white trash redneck from woodbridge that cross-dresses in a pig snout on game day like those man lovers that wear dresses. wtf is going on around here? they need to shut these son's of palin down and not allow them to post until they come out of the closet.

Posted by: doyouktt | December 16, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Three more losses means Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford. Two more losses means Julio Jones, WR, Alabama. One more loss means Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina.

Posted by: clandestinetomcat | December 16, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Local Fox should run Giants-Eagles game instead of this snoozer.

Posted by: loux24 | December 16, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse
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I'm quite sure if you go to Philly or New York they will.

Posted by: clark202 | December 16, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

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