Why the hell hasn’t Marion Barber been signed to a long-term contract? Is Dallas really going to trade up with Miami to pick Arkansas running back Darren McFadden? I just wanted to throw that out there because it’s a post that is well overdue here.
This afternoon, the famed Dallas Cowboys (13-2) come to Landover, MD, for a game against division rival, the Washington Redskins (8-7).
Redskins fans will have you believe that their team should have won the first game against the Cowboys. But the team’s franchise quarterback Jason Campbell through an interception to Terence Newman in Dallas territory that wrapped up a Cowboys victory. A few things that NEED to be pointed out are: Although the Redskins were driving the ball, they still needed to score A TOUCHDOWN against a top 5 defense in the NFL. The Redskins were still down by five points and any score would have left the Cowboys with time to score a field goal to win it.
The Redskins aren’t a playoff caliber team. If they somehow get in, the team will lose in the first round. What has happened here is the NFC just isn’t the same old NFC. With that said, the game today is meaningless for the Dallas Cowboys. Five starters will not play and many more will play limited time. But this game, just because it is against a division foe that is trying to reach the playoffs, does have meaning to Cowboys fans. We’d like to see a big win to head into the playoffs with some strength.
We’d like to see a fast start, something that has been a rarity for the team this year. We’d like to see Tony Romo play most of the game to bring back confidence to us fans that he’s not in a slump. Wide receiver Terry Glenn is probable to play tonight for the first time all year after knee surgery. We’d like to see him score, and appear as if he hasn’t missed a step because it will instill fright into every playoff team that might just have to face these 13-2 (14-2) Cowboys. Marion Barber also will try to reach the 1,000-yard level for the first time in his career.
Washington is a 9-point favorite because of the number of substitutions Dallas plans to use. The Redskins themselves aren’t exactly the same team they were when the season started. Most notable are the death of safety Sean Taylor and Campbell. Todd Collins will run the offense today. GeHeena, the hairy mean-t0-his-wife Redskins fan who visits often, has made a bet with me: Dallas Wins and he buys and wears in public with a smile the hot-selling Wuck Fashington shirt. Buy one here! If Dallas loses, I have to post about how good the Redskins actually are and that I unfairly disrespected the team all year.
This game does have meaning. And I think the Cowboys know that enough to bring home a big win.