Oct 20, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) lays on the field with an apparent injury against the Washington Redskins during the first half at FedEX Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys Should Thank Redskins After Week 7

It isn’t often Cowboys fans would find any reason to thank the Redskins for anything but losing.  But, this week may be different.  While the Cowboys were shutting down Chip Kelly and his vaunted offense and laying sole claim to first place in the NFC East, the Washington Redskins were in a shootout with the Chicago Bears.  It was a back and forth affair that the Redskins eventually won 45-41.

So, what is good about the Redskins come from behind win?  Well, here’s a couple of things to consider:

1.  Jay Cutler – I think it is in poor taste to cheer any players injury.  I’m not suggesting we do that here and I hope Jay recovers quickly.  But, the fact of the matter is that Cutler’s injury could be a boon for the up-and-down Cowboys.  Looming in the not-too-distant future is a December 9th road game in the unfriendly confines of Soldier Field – a tough environment any time but downright brutal in the outdoors in December on a Monday night in the Windy City.  And, it’s December where the Cowboys record of late is not stellar.

As many fans and experts look forward and try to predict the season, the Chicago game was most often put down as a likely loss for Dallas.  Now, with Cutler predicted to miss a minimum of 4 weeks with a torn groin muscle (just sounds really painful), the Bears are sitting at 4-3.  Week 8 is their bye week thankfully, but they face games against the Packers, Lions, and Ravens the 3 weeks after that.  If Cutler does miss only 4 weeks – unlikely if you saw him as he left the field yesterday – he would return to face a brutal stretch of his own with 4 of the next 5 games on the road.  The sole home game in that period is the MNF game against Dallas.  Even if he makes it back for that game, he’s likely very rusty.  With that type of injury, he isn’t going to be doing much physical activity as he waits for his body to heal.

2.  Playoff relevance – Remember the last time Jay Cutler missed significant time?  In 2011, the Bears were 7-3 and playing well.  After Cutler went down, they won only one more game and finished 8-8 missing the post season.  The Redskins appear to be improving, but right now as the Cowboys seek their first post season appearance since 2009, the Bears were likely a bigger threat to Dallas either making the playoffs (if a wild card berth were in play) or actually facing Chicago in a playoff game.  With the Cowboys holding a 1.5 game lead on the Redskins and another head-to-head game still to play, Dallas is still in the driver’s seat in the division. The remaining Dallas Cowboys schedule certainly isn’t easy, so this result could end up being very important.

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3.  Lance Briggs – see Jay Cutler.  If Cutler is a key player on offense, Briggs is the heart and soul of the defense.  He was also dinged up on Sunday and will likewise miss up to six weeks with a fractured shoulder.

You could also add the overly aggressive play of starting Washington safety Brandon Meriweather as a plus.  He earned a two-game suspension as a repeat offender and will miss two key contests against Denver and the Chargers.  He will be sorely missed.  If the Cowboys can take care of business while the depleted Redskins are likely losing the next two, any hopes of an RGIII-led late season surge can be put to rest.  But, for the record “Thank you Washington”.  Now, no let up – Go Cowboys!

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  • Big D Fan

    I don’t know if its so good Jay went down. Prior to his injury he wasn’t doing all that great his back up stepped in and scored all the points, but hopefully he comes back healed but rusty as you stated.

    • Todd Toombs

      Ha! That’s a good point Big D. But, I would still fear Cutler more than McCown based on history. No matter who it is, I think the Boys will need to win that December game in Chicago.

  • SmartThinking

    We all think it, even though it’s socially unacceptable to say it. When an opposing player gets injured, most of us breathe a sigh of relief. Why? Because opposing team’s injuries help our team. Don’t think the coaches don’t openly talk about opportunistic injuries because they do. It’s the cornerstone of Coach Garrett’s ‘Next Man Up,’ philosophy he’s preached to this team since he took over. And it’s why Kiffin and Marinelli tell their players they are all starters on this team. If you’re a starter, you’re always prepared to play. And, in this league, the difference between a first teamed and a third teaser is, often, just two bad plays. Watching Dallas play for 53 seasons has given me an interesting perspective on this year’s team. “Next Man Up,” is brilliant group psychology. The team has bought into it. It’s cohesive. It’s pragmatic. And, it brings a team closer together in a ‘together we win or together we die,’ mentality. Injuries are a part of this game. How well prepared your second and third tier players are is what separates the winners from the also rans.

  • Ed

    I would like to thank the increadibly hot Redskins cheerleaders for being hot. As for Cutler, he has a history of injury to stall/finish a season. As for Briggs, he’s no Urlacher. Not that I want someone hurt but Tillman is the defensive key. Seriously, they are HOT!!!!!