Washington and a Dallas Cowboys are set to face off in what will expected be a many expected diversion of an NFL Thanksgiving Day tripleheader. It facilities a span of multiplication rivals whose story goes approach back, even on Turkey Day.
The Cowboys come into this diversion carrying won 6 of a 7 meetings that a dual teams have had on Thanksgiving. Jason Garrett’s group is positively a favorite in this one too, though that doesn’t meant it won’t be an sparkling game.
This season, a Cowboys are 9-1, braggadocio a best record in a NFL with a energetic twin of rookies in Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, a NFL’s heading rusher. Washington’s entrance into this one hot, too. After starting 0-2 this season, they’ve left 6-1-1, and are looking to make adult belligerent in a NFC East competition with a feat on Thursday.
The initial time these dual teams met on Thanksgiving was behind in 1968, and a Cowboys won a initial 6 matchups:
- 1968 – Cowboys 29, Washington 20
- 1974 – Cowboys 24, Washington 23
- 1978 – Cowboys 37, Washington 10
- 1990 – Cowboys 27, Washington 17
- 1996 – Cowboys 21, Washington 10
- 2002 – Cowboys 27, Washington 20
- 2012 – Washington 38, Cowboys 31
But let’s take a demeanour during a some-more noted ones.
The 1974 Clint Longley quip
Arguably a many important diversion that these dual have played on Thanksgiving came behind in 1974. Washington came into a diversion with an 8-3 record, and was in position to secure a playoff berth opposite a 6-5 Cowboys. Washington was adult 16-3 in a diversion when Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach was knocked out of a diversion with 9:57 left in a third quarter. That non-stop a doorway for rookie Clint Longley to enter a game.
There contingency be something about Cowboys rookie quarterbacks, given Longley not usually led Dallas to a quip victory, though strike Drew Pearson for a 50-yard touchdown pass with 28 seconds left. The Cowboys cumulative a 24-23 win.
Washington’s manager during a time, George Allen, was roughly mute afterward. “I don’t have unequivocally many to say,” Allen told a Washington Post. “It was substantially a toughest detriment we ever had.”
The blowout of 1978
This was a usually diversion in a array in that a domain of feat was larger than 11. Both teams came in with 8-4 records. Leverage in a NFC East (which had a Cardinals in it behind then) was adult for grabs, with both teams wanting to seize an advantage.
The Cowboys were discerning out of a game, with 13 first-quarter points. Running behind Scott Laidlaw got his initial touchdown of a afternoon to tighten out a quarter, and set a gait for a game.
Drew Pearson and Roger Staubach connected on a 53-yard touchdown pass in what was a usually measure of a second quarter, to give a Cowboys a gentle 20-0 lead going into a locker room. Washington never unequivocally had an answer for a group that was led by a large diversion on a belligerent from Laidlaw, who finished with 16 carries for 122 yards and dual touchdowns. His diversion done Tony Dorsett’s 21 carries for 72 yards seem like an afterthought.
Staubach threw only 19 times, for 218 yards with a touchdown, opposite an interception. All though 8 of his flitting yards went to Drew Pearson and Tony Hill, who had 116 and 94 yards, respectively.
That feat set a customary for a Cowboys a rest of a way. They finished adult going to Super Bowl XIII, before eventually losing to a Pittsburgh Steelers in an try for back-to-back Lombardi trophies. For Washington, a Thanksgiving diversion valid to be a initial detriment of 4 uninterrupted to finish their deteriorate during 8-8.
Robert Griffin III’s arrival, and Washington’s initial win
The subsequent many interesting diversion came when Washington finally got a win over a Cowboys in 2012. This was in Robert Griffin III’s rookie season, and Washington started a deteriorate off 3-6. The feat over a Cowboys was their second of what would be 7 wins in a quarrel to get Washington into a playoffs for a initial time given 2007.
That diversion was staged as many some-more than only another Thanksgiving Day game. It was Griffin’s initial diversion behind in his home state of Texas, where he had won a Heisman Trophy during Baylor. The second altogether collect still had Washington D.C. vehement about their future, and this was a diversion that was going to infer either he was legitimate or not.
The initial half — some-more specifically, a second entertain — led everybody to trust he was. Washington went off in that quarter, scoring 28 points to take a 28-3 lead into a half. Griffin had prolonged touchdown passes to Aldrick Robinson (68 yards) and Pierre Garcon (59 yards). Tony Romo led a Cowboys second-half surge, though a Griffin touchdown pass to Niles Paul was all Washington indispensable to secure a victory.
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In what has been one of a NFL’s some-more worshiped rivalries, a new section will be created on Thanksgiving afternoon.
Prescott, one of a biggest stories and surprises of a NFL season, will try for his initial signature win on Turkey Day alongside associate rookie Elliott. With a young, gifted core, it appears it will be a initial of many games we demeanour brazen to examination on a final Thursday in Nov each year.
On a other sideline, we have Washington and Kirk Cousins, who has proven himself to be one of a some-more inclusive passers in a NFL this season. He’s got 3,091 yards, good for third many in a league. He, along with their running behind Robert Kelley, improved famous as “Fat Rob” will try to make their possess matter with a feat in Jerry World, and revenge their Week 2 detriment to a Cowboys. It also would assistance them keep gait with a New York Giants in a playoff race, and make a late-season pull for a NFC East crown.
Thursday afternoon’s diversion has all we could wish for a good NFL game, regardless of what day it’s played. Hopefully we’ll have ourselves a diversion that lives adult to the promise, as we indulge in tasty foods.