I lost a bet to one of this blog’s top posters, GeHenna. The Washington Redskins put a thumping on the Dallas Cowboys yesterday afternoon. That means I have to write a positive piece about the Redskins, their success, and their accomplishments. This isn’t an easy task, and I think GeHenna knew this when he made the bet. But a bet is a bet, and here I go. The Washington Redskins have fought adversity all year before winning their last four games to make it into the NFC playoffs. Many of us counted them out after the 17-16 loss to the Buffalo Bills, a game that ended with a humiliating coaching error from Hall of Famer Joe Gibbs. But I am digressing if I try to criticize this team any further. This team has heart, something the Cowboys lacked last night.
The death of safety Sean Taylor was a tragedy that would have easily left most teams helpess. Most teams (just look at the Falcons) would have given up in the face of such disaster. But not the NFC East’s Washington Redskins. This team kept fighting. Faced with a playoff elimination game against the resurging Minnesota Vikings, the Redskins dominated that team.
But what they did to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday afternoon was the epitome of passion. The Redskins had to win that game, and not only did they win, they dominated. It doesn’t matter how many substitutions the Cowboys used; the Redskins weren’t exactly running with their starters either, whether it was from death or injuries. Todd Collins, once a second-round pick of the Buffalo Bills who was supposed to be the next Jim Kelly after a heralded career at Michigan, has led this team into the playoffs. Who would have thought?
Hail to the Redskins. Hail to their victory. This team deserves to be in the playoffs. And it is likely they will defeat the Seahawks in Seattle, only to face the Dallas Cowboys once again in what will be a rubber match to reach the NFC Championship game.