In case you missed it, here was the key pre-game Thanksgiving day statistic: Cowboys 6, Redskins 0. Yep, that’s right. In six previous meetings, the Redskins had never beaten Dallas on Thanksgiving. Short week, playing on the road, there was plenty to point to if you were looking to justify the trend continuing.
As has been proven all season though, these are not the same old Redskins with RGIII at the helm. For a lot of the country, yesterday’s game was the first viewing of the rookie sensation. He didn’t dissapoint.
With second place in the NFC East at stake, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan dialed up a balanced attack that amassed 437 total net yards — 295 yards passing and 142 rushing — as the Redskins sprinted to a 28-3 halftime lead and never really looked back. For the second week in a row, the defense came up with key turnovers at key junctures in the game. Alfred Morris was solid in the run game, churning out 113 hard fought rushing yards as he received excellent blocking from the offensive line.
Maybe the wild card game is not so far fetched an idea after all. Monday Night’s matchup with the G men will be key. Beat New York and the rest of the league will be on notice.