Monday, December 08, 2003

WEEK 14: How ‘bout them Cowboys?

Many thanks, good people, for the festive wishes. It is because of the recent holidays that the Redskins Review has been absent. (OK, I admit that I didn’t watch the last two games.) I spent much of the weekend in Lansdowne, VA at a men's retreat for my church. The topic was becoming healthy, wealthy and wise. Not a bad way to spend a birthday... And no, Speed, I'm not coming over to shovel. By the time I finally got home to clear off my car, it was last night around 10PM. 45 minutes and four frozen toes later, my car's still sitting at home. I think I'll let nature take its course.

Speaking of inert objects, allow me to announce that the Dallas Cowchips continue their season's gravitational decent into "fightin' for a playoff spot" with a big 36-10 loss to the Philly Eagles. Cowchip fans have been proclaiming "Ten wins this year! Nobody expected it! Tuna! Tuna! Tuuuunaaa!" since week seven. Funny, they still haven't gotten to ten. Dallas' record (8-5) has more padding that a 36DD Calista Flockhart. They’ve gone 3-4 after starting 5-1. They still haven't beaten a good team (yeah, the slipped by Carolina) and don't win big games. Let that be a lesson, kids: birthday wishes CAN come true...

In other news, it appears that the Baltimore Ravens may possibly win their division and very well could enter the playoffs this season, contrary to popular opinion. (OK, Wes and I said so.) Therefore Wes and I could, to some degree of probability, be buying wings and curly fries for Dominic. Shoot.

I’m man enough to admit that I was far more interested in Bengal/Raven battle for first place than the Redskin/Giant scramble for Least in the East. What I saw Sunday was a Baltimore defense and offensive line displaying proficiency at or near the top in the league. Jamal “Give me the Browns” Lewis is a great runner, sure, but he’s very little without the consistently stellar blocking of his front guys. I watched Lewis break 15-yard runs, but those were usually after being untouched for five yards or needing to beat one defender before reaching the secondary. Lewis gets his props, but let’s give credit where it’s due.

Since this is a Redskin review, I should mention that Washington did best the New York Football Giants on Sunday. I am usually hesitant to fully quote other writers for my own opinion, but allow me to sum up my commentary of the 20-7 win via the words of Washington Post writer Mark Maske: “Bruce Smith made it a memorable day when he broke the NFL's career sacks record with a fourth-quarter takedown of Giants backup quarterback Jesse Palmer. But mostly, it was an afternoon of forgettable football between two teams suffering through highly disappointing seasons.” Thank you, Mr. Maske, for making this portion of the review very, very easy.

Next week we’ll delve into Washington’s Burning Questions. F’instance, should they keep Champ Bailey? What positions should they draft in? Should they lose the rest of their games to improve their draft position? Can Washington possibly play spoiler and keep Dallas out of the playoffs?

Next Up: The Dallas Cowgirls skip merrily into Washington. Oh, there is little sweeter than kicking a Dallas team when they’re down. A win against Dallas drops them to 8-6, in a fight with Green Bay, Seattle and (gasp!) maybe New Orleans for a wild card spot. Time to drop the hammer, Redskins! Skins win, 17-13.

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