Here is what you need to know on this Friday, December 28, two days before the Redskins and Cowboys meet to decide the NFC East title.
Minute-by-Minute starts Saturday, chat 7:30 Sunday
We will be at FedEx Field with bells on Sunday night, ready to bring you all of the action from Cowboys vs. Redskins. Tarik El-Bashir, Jen X, and yours truly will be in the press box to bring you the Redskins’ biggest game in years.
But we’re not waiting until Sunday night. Saturday morning the Minute-by-Minute blog goes live, bringing you news and nuggets all day Saturday and Sunday leading up to the 8:20 kickoff.
The chat will crank up at 7:30. Pull up a second screen and join in and navigate the three hours on the path to the playoffs.
See you then.
Not too big
Robert Griffin III said on Wednesday that one of the keys to success in this game will be to make sure the game doesn’t get too big for the team.
Whatever you do – in basketball, a big game, in track, the finals, whatever it is – whenever you play the moment up too much, it can become too big to seize the moment. You just want to make sure you don’t make something so big that you can’t grab a hold of it. So I think a lot of guys are not necessarily downplaying the game, but are not going to talk themselves up like this is the most important game of our lives.
If RG3 can get his teammates in this frame of mind, it will serve them well. It is possible to get too high for a game, to be too ready to play. That is why it was good to see Mike Shanahan give the players off Monday and Tuesday as he has throughout the current six-game winning streak. Yes, it is an important game but the Wednesday through Sunday work week has been serving them well. Everybody knows what is at stake; there is no reason to fix it if it isn’t broken.
It has been good to see business as usual with all of the upbeat players in the locker room. Maybe if they starting thinking too much the whole thing might come apart at the seams.
The high but not too high approach has worked for them for 15 games, especially the last six. We will see if they can maintain it for one more game.