The Dallas Cowboys are a Thanksgiving Day tradition for NFL fans. This year the importance of the game is amplified because they are playing the rival Washington Redskins and the Cowboys’ playoff hopes could be on the line. The Cowboys won consecutive games for the first time this season last week; we will see if they can keep that streak going today. The SportDFW staff predicts today’s game:
The Dallas Cowboys got a real scare from the Browns last week. They could have, perhaps should have lost that game. They’re putting pressure on the Giants for the NFC East lead and they can ill-afford to have a slow start or lose a game here to an opponent they should beat. RGIII and the Redskins are no ordinary opponent though. The Cowboys defense better be ready for what RGIII brings to the table. He’s shown he can make the big throws and be a pocket passer as well as use his legs and have a nice stable ground game. But there have been times where he has been contained and looks like a rookie. The Cowboys may have some injuries on offense that has led them to be inconsistent at times, but the Redskins defense isn’t very good with injuries a major contributor in their struggles. I can see RGIII carrying the Redskins on his back and leading them to victory, but the Cowboys know what is at stake in this game. Could be closer than the experts think or it could be a blowout.
Cowboys 27 – Redskins 17
This week I ended up in some remote region of India. I walked from village to village asking the farmers if they knew anyone who could see the future. Most of them got angry with me and followed me until I was safely beyond the borders of their village. After 2 days of being treated like a heathen and pariah, I eventually heard people talking about a “Mistress of Spices”. When I started asking about spices and how someone could be a mistress to inanimate material, the locals gave me long speeches about the power of different spices and cautioned me that ‘outsiders’ would never understand the truth because of their devotion to Western medicine and the concomitant belief that mysticism was bogus.
When I met the “Mistress”, I tried to explain my scepticism, and then I challenged her to prove me wrong. She told me that I was reckless and irresponsible. I said I was busy, and all I cared about was the outcome of the Dallas Cowboys versus the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving. She started mixing stuff in a bowl, but she didn’t stop belittling me for placing so much importance on what she called “a meaningless game.”
When I told her that the Cowboys facing the Redskins, especially on Thanksgiving, was far from “meaningless” she just laughed at me like I had confirmed her point. I drank the potion she concocted and passed out within 10 minutes. I have no idea how much time passed before she woke me up, but she just whispered in my ear, “The prophecies you have been told are true, your Cowboys will defeat the Redskins”.
The next day, I thought about the Dallas Cowboys destroying the Washington Redskins, and then I fantasized about winning the Super Bowl. The ‘Mistress’ said it would happen, and I believe her. The world as you know will change in a few months, to prepare yourself for the coming changes, read this.
Well my dear Cowboy fans, it looks like we live to fight another day.
I am going to say that this week the Boys will play with a sense of urgency. The problem is so will RGIII. He is going to be a tough man to contain.
Romo is 5-0 on Turkey day.
The Cowboys will have to play smart with no mistakes in order to prevail. That means no sacks on Romo.
Cowboys 27 – DeadSkins 21
Last time I checked you can’t pick against Tony Romo’s Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day as he’s 5-0 on turkey day. That wont change today when the Cowboys play the Redskins in a classic rivalry. RGIII has done a lot for Skins fans to be excited about but even if he’s able to put up points his defense wont be able to keep them in the game. Even without a running game due to injuries I believe Romo will once again put on a show on Thanksgiving Day.
Dallas Cowboys 31 – Washington Redskins 20
C. Joseph Wright:
This game will be one of two things: a shootout between the Washington Redskins Robert Griffin III and Dallas Cowboys Tony Romo, or a low scoring battle between the defenses. If it becomes a shootout, the Cowboys should win because Romo is better than Griffin. Griffin has a ton of talent, but I don’t think he has the patience, poise, or football IQ to be a consistent pocket passer. That being said, if Griffin is able to take off and run for big gains, that will be a game-changer. The Redskins have a very good defense, so if it is a close and low scoring game, that favors Washington. The key, as always, will be whether or not either team can establish a strong running game. Setting aside the dozens of potential contingencies, the Dallas Cowboys are a better football team than the Washington Redskins. Expect rookie QB Robert Griffin to make at least one important mistake. The game will be close, but the Cowboys should emerge victorious, and the Cowboy nation will give thanks for having Dan Bailey.
Dallas Cowboys 17 – Washington Redskins 14