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Redskins Recon - The Cowboys-The Trail Downhill

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Cowboys fans, aren't their normal selves it seems. Usually brash, bragging, especially when ther upcoming game is against the Redskins.


Not this time. This time the tone is different-worried, upset about the team's failings, and not at all assured of a win against the Redskins Sunday.


The Redskins are at one of the lowest points they've hit in a while and Cowboys fan are worried about losing the game.


Cue the Twilight Zone theme.




remdak

I am astonished that Vegas has Dallas as 3 point favorites on the road in this game.




discipliny77

Takeaways!!!
That is our only chance on defense.Its what we should be trying to do on every single play,because it motivates the D to tackle better as well.





Sean Lee 50

That's what is good about Cousins.

He will look like Montana on one drive, but is prone to throw INT's and fumbles.





AZDallcowfan

I'm just afraid that our defense is so depleted, so exposed, so susceptible to even the most mediocre offense that we will have to score 40+ to beat even the 'Skins. I would bet that we will be extremely run heavy but if Washington has any rythym & consistency we will hit the panic button again. And early.

And we know how that goes.





Virginia-Dave

If we lose, I'm not going to be able to turn on a tv, radio, or my Facebook page for at least a week. Living in the DC area, I can tell you that this is the Super Bowl for skins fans. One win against the Cowboys, especially if it knocks them out of the playoff race, is enough for most skins fans to consider the season a success. After the last two Cowboys losses, my FB feed was full of skins fans laughing at us. I was like, "Um, didn't your team just get butt raped by the Chiefs yesterday?" All they care about is the Cowboys. It's bizarre really.




cej757

Kirk Cousins said this is a big game because they know Dallas needs a win to save their season and they want to win this last home game for London Fletcher. Fletcher said he can't end his career with a loss to Dallas and the way they lost to Kansas City at home didn't sit right with them or the fans.

So it sounds like Washington will be fired up for this game and treating it like its a damn Playoff game for them.





Coy

No excuses, we don´t win against a 3 team win playing for our playoff lives, we shouldn´t be in the playoffs and Garrett shouldn´t be coaching.




Big D

Right, they very well could pull it off. Shanahan for all his faults is not above attacking a teams weakness. With the way our defense is looking I won't be surprise to see whoever lines up in the skins backfield get 200 yds rushing on 35 carries while Demarco get his customary 12 carries.




HoustonFrog

I've always hated playing in Washington. I remember struggling so bad with Troy even there. A late season loss that made Jimmy explode and a blowout loss to open the 93 season. Even the 70s and 80s games seemed bad there.




ghst187

prediction: kirk cousins is going to light us up for at least 30 points. Having a hard time seeing us win this one unless we don't abandon the running game and its working.



This next poster...well...his name bothered me since it belongs to one of my favorite Redskins fans. It just seemd wrong.



Sarge

For some reason, Cousins concerns me....I do think we will bounce back though, at least against the Redskins.

Fingers crossed.





fifaguy

Absolutely. He can kill us for sure, but on the other hand the Skins have a pretty bad offensive line. Maybe we will even lay a glove on him once or twice.




theebs

After watching their offense Sunday against a better defense than ours Sunday we have no chance of stopping them especially if reed plays.

They will get a few stops though and that is the difference








Zordon

with our linebackers, we have no shot at stopping their run game. this will be their super bowl and we'll lose. hopefully i'll be too drunk at the gaylord to care.




KMY Amber

Cousins is going to light us up. 400+ yards, Morris runs for 150+, we stay close for a half....and then we lose all composure in the 2nd half and literally almost just give up when our defense can't really stop them.

We lose 44-21 (the game worse than the score sounds). We officially become a laughing stock of the league...and the last game of the season against Eagles becomes meaningless, as a massive letdown ensues in Dallas.

Then, JJ announces that changes will be made in the off season. ALL COACHES are on the hot seat. And players and trainers will be gutted everywhere.

And JJ officially sends the scouts out to find the "hot new young QB" to replace Romo in the draft.

We draft a young QB....Romo, feeling the pressure of the youngster holding the clipboard, hangs around for a few more years (with a new head coach and coordinator of course)....and OMG!, HE FINALLY WINS A SUPERBOWL....behind a consistent running game, a good head coach, new trainers (who keep people healthy on both sides of the ball) and a solid defense. (you heard it here first LOL ...so just be patient, it's all a process :ph34r: )




There is some optimism, if you want to call it that.



TexasTriumph

what's probably going to happen is we win in washington, the bears beat philly and then
philly comes here on primetime national TV and end this very horrible nightmare we the
fans are all living through....

that was such an emotional loss, but we are still right in the thick of things....unbelievably





unclefruitbat72

I smell a 27-24 WIN....and it will not be easy. If they lose this one its officially the offseason.




east_texan

I think the Cowboys will win in Washington, but there is no good end for this season. The lack of proper depth on the roster gives this team no chance.

It's time to rebuild the whole defense. Start with the line please!

Cowboys 27 Washington 18.





Buttermaker

We're gonna treat Cousins like any other backup quarterback. Like a winner!




Majestic Bluez

This is easy, whatever's working that gains us a sizable lead, we'll abandon in just enough time for the Redskins to win.

So let's save all the suspense and move on to the Eagles pre-game thread.




This one probably summed it up best of all.


Texas lizard

This is going to be an EPIC game between two teams on a downward spiral. The Redskins are probably thinking they've got a real shot at this one. Should prove interesting with Vegas odds. Anyone's game.



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They are not too optimistic, but neither are Redskins fans. It's a weird conversation on both sides - sort of like trying to brag about who is worse right now.

Thanks for another great season of recons. One more to go. :)
 

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I have to admit I'm not fired up at all about this game. At all.

I think what we are seeing on both sides is just weariness.
 

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Whipping Dallas this week has always been high on my wish list. The truly great thing is we could win and still benefit with (last in the division) scheduling position for next season:dance:. Cowboy fan has all off season to get that taste out of their mouth...as bad as we are...we end up stomping out any glimmering hope they might have....:party:
 

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I love how in his second start cousins is being labeled as "prone to throw picks and fumbles"

the only QB in this game prone to throw picks, starting or sitting on the sideline, is tony ****ing romo.
 

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Dallas fans have reason to be concerned. Despite the records in 2013 I see Dallas as the team most in trouble going forward in the division.

The defense is a disaster and high profile acquisitions like Carr and Claiborne have been disappointments.

Ware is now 30 and has been injury plagued the past 2 years.

On offense Romo will be 33 by next season and Witten will be 31.

Miles Austin will be looking for a new home in 2014 as a free agent.
 

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Thanks for another great season of recons. One more to go. :)
Yes, thank you serv.

You too BB for your blogs.

I had to write 1 blognostication and it was miserable trying to come up with what the write. I can't imagine doing a weekly (or otherwise recurring) post and putting the effort you guys do into it. Kudos.
 

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Romo has that fat guaranteed contract as well
Dallas fans have reason to be concerned. Despite the records in 2013 I see Dallas as the team most in trouble going forward in the division.

The defense is a disaster and high profile acquisitions like Carr and Claiborne have been disappointments.

Ware is now 30 and has been injury plagued the past 2 years.

On offense Romo will be 33 by next season and Witten will be 31.

Miles Austin will be looking for a new home in 2014 as a free agent.
 

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I appreciate the good thoughts and thank you's. You are most welcome.

I enjoy doing it because it helps me get a feel for "NFL fandom" in general as well as how the Skins are viewed by upcoming opponents.

Sometimes it also helps to take off the Burgundy and Gold glasses and keep an eye out for insights into the Redskins that our own fandom may cause us to overlook.
 

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I am not even sure I am going to be watching the game...how sad is THAT?!
Sad. Very Sad.

We're only 2 weeks away, from that abyss, where we're without Redskins' football for about 9 straight months, a time when you, me, and everyone will be counting the months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, & seconds, til the next game, and we'll all be whining about how horribly miserable the offseason is, and you're gonna skip out on this valuable opportunity ? Not to mention, it's a chance to knock Dallas out of the playoffs.


C'mon Man !!!
 

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I am not even sure I am going to be watching the game...how sad is THAT?!
Huh?????

Say it ain't so Joe! Unless birth or death is involved, the Dallas game cannot be missed.

Come one guys - get your acts together :) It doesn't matter if we've had the worst season in Redskins history. It's Dallas at home! Man the eff up.

Me? I'll have Dallas and Jets fans over for epic man grilling, beer drinking, and hopefully witnessing the Redskins knock Dallas another wrung closer to playoff elimination.
 

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Redskins fans not watching the Dallas game tomorrow? George Allen is rolling over in his grave! C'mon now!!

 

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And let's not forget the year when Dallas was on the verge of going 0-16, yet they STILL took our game seriously enough, to make it 1-15.
If they can take a game like that, serious enough, how much more should we, with this game ?
 

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I'm looking forward to seeing Kirk Cousins show up Romo.
 

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What's still amazing to me is the amount of water the sports media still carries for Romo and the Cowboys.

Take last week's game of epic choking proportions.

All week long on National Sports Radio it was:

The Defense is epically bad
The play calling atrocious

On the list of bad things....Romo's way down the list.

But still, no one will talk about:

They had a slim lead late, ball in his hands, and everybody knew what he would do: turn it over.

Then, behind one point, needing to lead the team down into fg range for the win and everybody knew exactly what he would do....turn it over.

It is sooooooo funny to hear one pundit after another make up excuses after every time he does this.

The spell Jerry Jones casts is amazing.........
 

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What's still amazing to me is the amount of water the sports media still carries for Romo and the Cowboys.

Take last week's game of epic choking proportions.

All week long on National Sports Radio it was:

The Defense is epically bad
The play calling atrocious

On the list of bad things....Romo's way down the list.

But still, no one will talk about:

They had a slim lead late, ball in his hands, and everybody knew what he would do: turn it over.

Then, behind one point, needing to lead the team down into fg range for the win and everybody knew exactly what he would do....turn it over.

It is sooooooo funny to hear one pundit after another make up excuses after every time he does this.

The spell Jerry Jones casts is amazing.........
Hey man, don't complain.

As long as everyone (especially the Cowboys' team) are in denial about who/what their real problem is, they will keep him around.
And that's better for us.
Jerry, listen closely, "Romo is not the problem, Romo is not the problem......"
 

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What's still amazing to me is the amount of water the sports media still carries for Romo and the Cowboys.

Take last week's game of epic choking proportions.

All week long on National Sports Radio it was:

The Defense is epically bad
The play calling atrocious

On the list of bad things....Romo's way down the list.

But still, no one will talk about:

They had a slim lead late, ball in his hands, and everybody knew what he would do: turn it over.

Then, behind one point, needing to lead the team down into fg range for the win and everybody knew exactly what he would do....turn it over.

It is sooooooo funny to hear one pundit after another make up excuses after every time he does this.

The spell Jerry Jones casts is amazing.........
What puzzles me is why the cowboys are so attached to him. They didn't spend a draft pick on him, he's a random guy with years of performances that indicate he's a slightly above average qb that's capable of making big/meaningful plays but not capable of doing it with enough consistency to matter over the long haul.

Yet they sign him to this huge contract. The type of contract that should be reserved for an elite, franchise qb - a payton manning, tom brady, aaron rogers, drew brees type of qb, even flacco; you know, one with a proven winning track record.

They locked themselves into the Tony Romo business for the next 4 years (maybe even 5, i'm sure the contract is back loaded making it impossible to get out of) and unnecessarily so in my opinion.
 

tshile

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Honestly, I would hesitate to sign Griffin to a contract like that when it comes time unless he performs the next two years closer to the way he did in his first rather than his second (which I'm expecting he'll do) and we spent a boatload just to acquire him.

Yet the cowboys did it like it was a no-brainer.
 

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