It goes without saying, this Redskins' win over Dallas was huge.
The Washington Redskins defeated the Dallas Cowboys, 38-31 on Thanksgiving Day for the first time in seven games on what is affectionately known around the U.S. as "Turkey Day." There is much to celebrate as a 'Skins fan and, more importantly, much to learn from this strong showing on offense and a stellar performance by rookie QB Robert Griffin III.
1. RG3 is an absolutely great addition to the Redskins.
It is difficult to call RG3 a rookie when, in fact, he is still a rookie. Rookie QBs don't do the things he has done with the Redskins this season. He has showed poise, composure, absurd talent and ability. RG3 is posting numbers week after week that impressed former Cowboys coach and FOX NFL Sunday analyst Jimmy Johnson to comment at halftime of the Redskins game, "He's the most valuable player in the National Football League."
2. The Redskins have a solid running game.
The 'Skins are second in the NFL in rushing yards per game. Led by RB Alfred Morris, who rushed for 113 yards on 24 carries and a touchdown, and accentuated by RG3 and his ability to scramble for extra yards when flushed from the pocket, they have found a threat on the ground and have been successful in the 2012 season.
3. RG3 has a multi-option receiving core.
In the win against the Cowboys, RG3 threw four touchdown passes to four different players: WR Pierre Garcon, WR Santana Moss, WR Aldrick Robinson and TE Niles Paul. With this type of distribution of passes to competent and reliable 'Skins receivers, RG3 will be able to keep defenses guessing as to which receiver he will target next.
4. Winning the NFC East is not out of the question.
The 'Skins are 2-1 in the NFC East and tied with Dallas at 5-6 through Week 12. The New York Giants, 6-4 overall and 2-2 in the NFC East, play the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Nov. 25, and all is not well with the Giants offensively.
Of the five remaining games for the 'Skins, three are against NFC East division rivals. They play the Giants on Monday Night Football Dec. 3, the Philadelphia Eagles on Dec. 23 and close the season at home against the Cowboys on Dec. 30.
5. Redskins kicker Kai Forbath is solid.
After the 'Skins victory over the Cowboys, RG3 addressed the media and praised Forbath and his only field goal of the game. He said the drive that resulted in a 'Skins field goal with 2:59 remaining in the game was, "probably the drive that saved our season,"as reported on @Redskins, the official Redskins Twitter page. Kicker Forbath has not missed a field goal, 10-of-10, since joining the team.
To the degree the Redskins come back with a win on the road against their arch-enemy in the Dallas Cowboys, not to mention a road win, they are still only a long shot at a wild-card playoff berth. If they can continue playing the way they have played in the second half of the 2012 season and beat the teams in the NFC East division, they are still alive.
Following the Cowboys game, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said, on@Redskins, he was not going to single out any player in specific in the win. "Everybody made this happen," he said.