It has been a long time coming.
How long, exactly? Well the last time the Redskins were in the playoffs as NFC East Champions, the PlayStation 2 was still almost a year away from being released. Yes, that's right. Not the PlayStation 3, the PlayStation 2.
Friday morning, Sony announced that they would be discontinuing the old gaming console. So, there you have it. A video game juggernaut lived an entire life cycle in between the Redskins' NFC East titles.
This Sunday, though, the Redskins can clinch their first division crown since that 1999 season with a win against the hated Cowboys, assuring fans that they would at least win the NFC East while the PlayStation 3 is being made.
You don't have to tell the players what's at stake; they already know this is a big game. Heck, you don't have to tell anyone. NBC used their flex option to move the game to Sunday night in front of a national television audience, and ESPN 980 AM in Washington D.C. is planning 8.5 hours of pregame coverage.
This is the game that Redskins fans, Cowboys fans and even football fans in general have been waiting for since the Redskins got on their hot streak and the New York Giants went ice cold.
So how will it all go down on Sunday night?
I keep trying to convince myself that the Redskins will win in the same fashion that they did in Week 17 of 2007, when the Redskins clobbered Dallas in a 27-6 victory. I mean, Tony Romo has lost badly in a game of similar importance against the Eagles to the tune of 44-6.
The Redskins defense has improved, but I don't think it's to the point where they are only going to give up 6 points. I hope I'm wrong, but I don't see it.
As for the offense, all of the key players are full participants in practice, so only Robert Griffin III's knee is in question. Other than that, it should be smooth sailing. On the defensive side for Dallas, DeMarcus Ware has been missing practice with a multitude of injuries. He will play on Sunday, he can't afford to sit this one out, but he was the one Dallas was depending on to chase down a hobbled RGIII. Ware himself though is also hobbled.
In the crowd, I know it will be deafening. I just also know that unfortunately there will be a lot of Cowboys jerseys, that's just the way FedEx Field has been over the last decade. Still, it will be more than loud enough to play a big factor into the game.
The Redskins are ready, willing and able. It will be a lot of fun to watch on Sunday. In terms of a prediction, I've been beating myself up over it but I think the Redskins are going to win. They are too hot to lose it right now, and the fact that it's a home game makes me lean that way.
Who will win Sunday?
I'm going against my own negative feelings on this one, and I will say the Redskins win. Not a blowout, but a win. That's all it takes.
Final score: Redskins 31, Cowboys 27
Lord, let me be right.
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