By Tarik El-Bashir
A week after snapping an eight game losing streak against rookie quarterbacks, the Redskins are two quarters away from ending their drought on Thanksgiving.
With touchdowns from Aldrick Robinson, Alfred Morris, Pierre Garçon and Santana Moss, the Redskins are dominating the mistake-prone Cowboys and have opened a 28-3 lead here in Arlington, Tex. If they hang on, they’ll improve to 1-6 on turkey day vs. the Cowboys.
A lot has been made of the Redskins’ propensity for allowing big plays. Now, they’re becoming known for producing them as well.
In the past two games, Robert Griffin III and Co. has produced touchdowns of 68, 61, 59 and 49 yards – all passes. This afternoon, Robinson’s touchdown was from 68 yards out; Garçon’s was 59.
But the touchdown that everyone will be talking about after the game is the one Moss scored with five seconds remaining in the half. The veteran spun around, snagged the back shoulder throw and tapped both feet as he fell out of the end zone. After a review, the score stood and the capacity crowd at Cowboys Stadium fell silent.
Griffin now has seven touchdown pass in the last six quarters. Garçon, meantime, wasn’t sure his sore right foot would allow him to play on the artificial turf. But he’s got a game-high four receptions and 91 yards.
On defense, Josh Wilson has forced a fumble and DeAngelo Hall picked off his fourth pass of the season.
In other words, it’s all coming together for the Redskins, who could find themselves in a tie with the Cowboys for second place in the unpredictable NFC East by day’s end.
Griffin is 11 for 14 passing for 208 yards and the three TD's. His passer rating is 158.3, the highest you can get on the NFL's scale. He posted a perfect passer rating against the Eagles last week.