The Washington Redskins celebrated all first half then had to hold their breath as they held on for a crucial divisional win over the rival Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day and an important 38-31 road win at Cowboys Stadium on Nov. 22.

Rookie signal caller Robert Griffin III was sensational again, tossing for 311 yards and four scores as Washington built a 28-3 first half lead. The Redskins scored four touchdowns in an explosive second quarter then waved off a 28-point second half from the Cowboys to move into second place in the NFC East with a 5-6 record.

Washington led 35-13 to open the final quarter but Dallas pulled within 35-28 after quarterback Tony Romo found receiver Dez Bryant for an 11-yard score. Romo threw for 441 yards and three touchdowns on the day but was intercepted twice.

Griffin on the other hand, was simply marvelous. Despite an ill-advised throw over the middle of the field which led to an interception, RGIII was perfect. The first-year signal caller completed over 70 percent of his passes for a 132.6 passer rating.

Washington’s misdirection plays and Griffin’s legs kept the usually stout Dallas defense off guard as Griffin toyed with the Cowboys defense for much of the evening.
With their first Thanksgiving Day win in Dallas in seven attempts, Washington has now won two consecutive games and sits two games behind the division-leading New York Giants (6-4). But Washington has a chance to carve into the Giants lead when they host the defending champions Dec. 3 at FedEx Field. 

Stephen D. Riley

Special to the AFRO