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Redskins' win over Dallas is biggest of decade

Posted on: September 29, 2008 2:56 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2008 12:05 pm

Sunday's win at Dallas is the biggest win for the Redskins this decade.

Bigger than anything accomplished last season with Todd Collins, and after Sean Taylor.

Bigger than anything accomplished in 2005, with that playoff trip. Clinton Portis

Bigger than Steve Spurrier's opening win? C'maaaaaaaan.

This is it. This is the win that re-defines the Redskins in the first decade of the third millennium.

Overreacting, Eric, are we again?

I say good day to you, calming-influence split personality.

This win cannot be understated. For the first time in the Dan Snyder era there is hope.

But Eric, Joe Gibbs brought hope, right?

Wrong. Joe Gibbs is the football equivalent of the Mustang. The car is a success for Ford, but the company's only car-platform success was tied to a throwback design. Going back in an attempt to move forward doesn't equate a healthy bottom line. That's all Joe Gibbs was, a Ford Mustang. Or a soon-to-be-re-issued Chevy Camaro.

This win Sunday, however, isn't a step in the right direction, it's a leap.

Winning at Dallas is one thing. Winning at Dallas without relying on a late heave to Santana Moss, but rather, a balanced offensive attack and stingy defense is something special. The Redskins dictated this game. Dictated a game on the road, at Dallas, vs. a team pundits were debating could rival last year's New England Patriots (at least offensively).

This is the biggest win in franchise history because for a moment, and maybe it's fleeting, there's a feeling this organization gets it.

Eric, you realize what you're saying? You remember who's atop the org chart?

I thought I told you to go away!

Yes, I do. And this is what happens when you win the right way. People who have screwed your fandom for years start to get a pass. You start to look at Dan Snyder as a man with passion, instead of a boy with toys. You start to see Vinny Cerrato as a shrewd late-round drafter, instead of a disastrous early round evaluator of talent. You start to see Jim Zorn as the right guy for the job, instead of a never-been coordinator overmatched for the league.

Winning does that. But to win, you have to have the right people, the right plan and the right discipline. All three were at work in Dallas as the Redskins won there for just the second time in 13 tries.

That's why this is the biggest victory since Snyder took over the franchise and employed his touch of death. It's amazing what a win in Dallas does. It can't be overstated enough, beating Dallas on the road is on par, if not bigger than beating Michigan at Ann Arbor for Buckeyes fans.

Antwaan Randle-ElI don't care to draw in this analogy either, but I deal with and witness that program's inferiority complex more than I'd care for, and it applies here.

Dallas is Big D. The Redskins are a lot of things -- the Hogs, the Posse, George Allen, Hurricanes North -- but they're not something as vain as "American's Team." They're not a national brand, like Dallas.

So winning at Dallas, with Jason Campbell, a mutt of a quarterback spawned from the mishandling of seven offensive coordinators in eight years, again, cannot be overstated. Winning at Dallas, without prized acquisition Jason Taylor vs. one of the league's best passing attacks, cannot be overstated.  Winning at Dallas, with a downtrodden and disgraced right tackle in Jon Jansen vs. one of the league's best pass rushes, cannot be understated. That's why winning at Dallas with a first-time head coach, a sniveling owner, and a pompous group of Miami alums is so important. We're not supposed to win at Dallas. That's how I began my Sunday.

My Sunday ended thinking there's no place we can't win. I became a fan, once again, of my hometown team, and that's why this was the biggest game of the decade, at least for me.

On to the best blogs ... around 

MVKrum's Eagles Blog examines the loss to the Bears. Omar Gaither impressed me more than it did this fine blogger.

J.T. O'Sullivan played 'awful,' Vernon Davis was once again 'invisible,'  and most of the offensive line is 'average at best,' vs. the Saints. That's not stopping Abaddon's Blog from picking his Niners to stop the Patriots this week.

Another Mets breakdown has Throwing Breaking Balls questioning the braintrust of the orginazation.

The Bengals get flushed by the Browns in the Ohio Toilet Bowl, which has Who-Dey United singing a little Bob Dylan.

L.T. vs. Michael Turner 

Name | 100-yard games | rushing yards | touchdowns

Michael Turner | 2 | 422 yards | 5
LaDainian Tomlinson | 1 | 296 | 4

When Turner's on the road, he's invisible. L.T. is starting to heat up, which doesn't bode well for my bottle of scotch. However, I'm still winning all three categories.

Klick of the Day 

Like the rest of the world, Michael Phelps thinks Dan Le Betard is an idiot


Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2008 12:02 pm

Redskins' win over Dallas is biggest of decade

It's hard to say I'm not thinking playoffs, but winning vs. Dallas on the road and doing it the right way is hopefully an indicator that bigger things are to come.

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: September 29, 2008 8:34 pm

Redskins' win over Dallas is biggest of decade

Redskins actually seem to have a plan behind their drafting & free agency.  Not playing "fantasy" football with your big-boy club is a better method, huh, Danny?

Matt Bryant gets my MVP vote this week.

Since: Sep 17, 2008
Posted on: September 29, 2008 6:39 pm

Redskins' win over Dallas is biggest of decade

For the first time in many years, Redskins fans aren't "hoping" for a better season after September. This win over Dallas, the not-overrated #1 (prior to this week) in NFL rankings, is defining Redskins as a well organized team, possibly a "powerhouse" with "grace."

I can't agree with you more in the fact that this is definetly the defining game of the Redskins in more than a decade. This game changed the views of our 9-7 season into a possible 13-3 season. HUGE difference. Redskins look good, and noone looks better.

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