Washington Redskins 38-31 Dallas Cowboys: 4 Talking Points from Redskins Big Win

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistNovember 23, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 22:  Pierre Garcon #88 of the Washington Redskins carries the ball to score a touchdown against Mike Jenkins #21 of the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day at Cowboys Stadium on November 22, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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By outscoring the Cowboys in Dallas on Thanksgiving, the Redskins have put themselves back in playoff contention.

That's just one of the main talking points to emerge from the 'Skins' shootout win in Big D.


The Redskins's play-action passing game is feared

The Redskins own perhaps the best play-action passing game in the league. Robert Griffin III's ball skills, combined with the Shanahan offensive blueprint, has made play-action a feared weapon for the Redskins.

Mike and Kyle Shanahan are scheming clever and expansive concepts to go with Griffin's well-executed fakes. It's a prolific combination that is creating big plays every week.

Three of Griffin's four scoring passes against Dallas were set up by play-action. It's a weapon that can undermine any defense and means the Redskins are sure to continue piling up points.


Santana Moss is still Cowboy beater

Santana Moss just can't stop tormenting the Cowboys, and Redskins fans love him for it. The stellar veteran made several key grabs to keep drives alive and added a touchdown.

Moss finished with four receptions for 42 yards and was a consistent pest in the Dallas secondary.

He isn't the favoured receiver any more, but whenever the 33-year-old has taken the field this season, he's delivered.


Opportunism is all that's needed from the defense

Jim Haslett's defense is still weak. The fact that they nearly let a 28-6 halftime lead slip in Dallas, is ample proof of that.

However, the unit does at least have the happy knack for opportunism. They plundered three more turnovers against the Cowboys, taking their season tally to 21.

With the offense now a scoring machine, forcing takeaways is all the defense needs to do.


The Redskins have genuine playoff hopes

Even at 5-6, the Redskins can still hope for a playoff berth. They have three NFC East games left, two at home.

The last two weeks have seen them best the Eagles and Cowboys, giving them a 2-1 divisional mark. That could be hugely significant.

The NFC East will likely only have one representative in the postseason. The Redskins have given themselves a great chance to be that team.



The way their offense is performing, the Redskins should fear nobody between now and the end of the season.

They have the right balance to keep any defense off-guard and light up the scoreboard. If the defense stays opportunistic, that could be enough to let the offense power a run at the division crown.