Just when you begin to think the Redskins are done and have no shot to be in playoffs, RGIII with the help of his wide receivers helped breath some life into the team, making them a playoff hopeful again. Washington Redskins defeated the Dallas Cowboys on their traditional thanksgiving day on Thursday night to improve their record to 5-6 and they are currently tied for second place in the NFC East.
In Thursday’s game RG3 threw for 311 yards and four touchdowns as he helped the Redskins beat the Cowboys 38-31. The Baylor Heisman Trophy winner was in top form in his first professional game back in his home state. With Pierre Garcon back in action, and Santana Moss in top form, RG3 had lots of assists and connected well with his wide receivers.
Pierre Garcon returned to action after a couple of weeks out due to foot injury, and made big plays that helped the Redskins convincingly defeat the Cowboys for the first time in seven thanksgiving games. Garcon had five catches for 93 yards, with four of those coming in the first half, which saw the Redskins take a lead of 28-3 to end the half. WR, Santana Moss also had a great game catching four passes for 42 yards, and a second quarter touchdown.
The Redskins had the game pretty much wrapped-up in the first half with a comfortable 28-3 lead to end the half. Tony Romo and the Cowboys did not give up easily as they almost had a comeback in the second half. After managing just a field goal in the first half, the Cowboys gave the Redskins a scare in the second half with Tony Romo having a career high 441 yards, and three second had touchdowns. Romo also threw an 85 yards pass to Dez Bryant, the longest throw of his career, followed with a 2-point conversion touchdown throw to Felix Jones.
With less than 9 minutes left in the game, Romo threw another pass to Dez Bryant that brought the Cowboys to within 7 points and gave them realistic hope of coming back into the game. As RG III came back into the game, he calmly lead the Redskin on a time killing run, completing three passes for a first down and comfortably putting the Redskins in position to score a 48-yard field goal, which was comfortably scored by kicker Kai Forbath, extending the Redskins lead to 38-28.
After a sluggish start to the season, the Redskins defense is beginning to come back to life. Last week they limited the Eagles offense to just 6 points, and contained the their wide receivers. In Thursday’s game, the Redskins defense went two quarters without allowing a touchdown until early in the third quarter when they allowed a 85-yard throw to Dez Bryant. In the second half, the defense allowed Tony Romo to pass for a career high 441 yards, conceded 28 points, and began to look like they did earlier in the season. If the defense continue to play like they did in the first half of the game, they can hopefully help get the skins to the playoff, but there is still more work to be done with this defense.
Next week, the Redskins will be at home against the Giants as the two teams meet for the second time this season. The Redskins lost their last game in October by 4 points, but hopefully their confidence from their last two games, and with the team playing well together again, the Redskins can win this Monday night football game.