YACHTING WITH THE ENEMY: Jerry Jones says his friendship with Dan Snyder enhances Cowboys – Redskins rivalry (Rival Newspaper)
Jerry Jones and Dan Snyder are friends. They do things like ride on yachts together, and film pizza commercials together. Some D.C. fans have reacted negatively to this friendship, worrying that a Redskins owner can’t dream of squashing the Cowboys while simultaneously being close friends with their owner.
Turns out Jones was actually asked this week if the Redskins can still be a bitter rival, despite his friendship with Snyder.
“They are, yes, they are” he said on his weekly radio appearance with New School on 105.3 The Fan. “My friendship with him has NOTHING to do with that. As a matter of fact, have we not all had brothers, sisters, friends where the rivalry or who gets it is more intense than if you were NOT friends? That becomes the case here.
“First of all, this rivalry [began] long before him and long before me. Secondly, it’s bigger than both of us put together. So having said all of that, I just want to figure out a way for the Cowboys to beat the Redskins. Of course if it were the Giants or the Eagles, those are big too, but this Redskins thing is something that’s got more stories, and so storied.”
Jones also talked at length about the threat posed by Robert Griffin III, and the improvement Washington’s offense has enjoyed this season.
“My goodness, with their quarterback and what they’re doing offensively…we’re gonna have to work to come out of here with a win,” Jones said. “I see a guy that is very aware and has the ability to put such pressure on the defense, because he prefers to make time, buy time to throw the ball. They’ve not only coached him to do that, but he prefers it. He’s not a preferred runner, like Michael Vick. He’s a guy that’s using all that skill, all that quickness, all that speed to basically get an opportunity to throw the ball, and that’s what you want.
“He’s really MORE than I think anybody would have thought he would be coming out. The Redskins have a really top quarterback. We know about him here in Texas, we all do. He’s a good one right now, and will make a HUGE difference in our game Thursday….To contain him with his quickness and speed and yet at the same time try to keep his receivers covered is a huge challenge. He really has an accurate arm and a good arm. It’ll be a big challenge.”
Courtesy: Dan Steinberg | Washington Post
Photo: Magic Johnson, Jerry Jones, and Daniel Snyder
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — He was all over the field making plays for the Washington Redskins, and his name isn’t Robert Griffin III. Now Brandon Meriweather’s season is done after one game with a torn ACL in his right knee — and right after his left knee had finally healed.
An MRI on Monday revealed the season-ending injury for the snake-bit safety who played just long enough to give a tantalizing taste of what he could do to help one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL.
"I think he brought a spark to the whole team," defensive end Stephen Bowen said.
Meriweather went down without contact, his knee buckling as he was pursuing a running play early in the third quarter of Sunday’s 31-6 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. He had one interception, broke up two passes and had seven tackles despite playing a little more than half of the game.
"He played great," coach Mike Shanahan said. "You can’t ask a guy to play any better than he played."
A two-time Pro Bowl player signed as a free agent in March, Meriweather sprained two ligaments in his left knee in a preseason game against the Chicago Bears, then reinjured the knee during a practice in the week before the regular season opener. He was ready to return for the Week 4 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he reinjured the knee again when he collided with teammate Aldrick Robinson during pregame warm-ups.
Then, having watched the secondary struggle through the first nine games of the season, he finally suited up on Sunday. While the opponent wasn’t exactly top-of-the-line — the Eagles (3-7) dropped their sixth straight and had rookie quarterback Nick Foles making his first NFL start — Meriweather helped the Redskins (4-6) break a three-game losing streak while forcing three turnovers and allowing 257 yards, a season-low for a Washington opponent.
"He brought a lot of energy," cornerback DeAngelo Hall said. "He brought a lot of intensity, seeing things a little differently than somebody else might have. I loved it. … He was definitely a play-maker. You could tell he was out there on the field."
Shanahan noted that Meriweather didn’t have a significant injury history before arriving in Washington.
"This is just a couple of freak situations," Shanahan said, "so hopefully he can take care of that and be back next year ready to go."
The Redskins began the season envisioning a starting safety tandem of Meriweather and Tanard Jackson, but Jackson was suspended for the season after failing a drug test. Madieu Williams has started every game, while DeJon Gomes and Reed Doughty have tried to hold down the other spot. Washington was ranked 29th against the pass through Sunday’s games.
"I want to start off by saying I’m sorry to all the redskins fan. Y’all are the best," Meriweather posted on Twitter shortly after receiving the diagnosis. "But this was a bad season for me."
Other Injuries: LB London Fletcher, who has played in all 234 games of his NFL career, was wearing a walking boot Monday after spraining his ankle in Sunday’s game. He has to get well in a hurry if he’s to continue his streak. The Redskins play the Dallas Cowboys in a Thanksgiving game Thursday. "Knowing London, he’ll be back if possible," Shanahan said.
More injuries from Sunday’s game:
CB Josh Wilson (second degree rotator cuff sprain),
LT Trent Williams (sprained ankle),
TE Logan Paulsen (hip strain).
The Redskins will be able to better evaluate those players when they return for a full practice Tuesday.
The Cowboys–Redskins rivalry is a sports rivalry between two professional American football teams in the National Football League (NFL), the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins. Sports Illustrated has called it the top NFL rivalry of all time and “one of the greatest in sports.” During the tenure of this rivalry, the two franchises have won 27 combined division titles and eight combined Super Bowls. They are the two wealthiest franchises in the NFL. The rivalry started in 1960 when the Cowboys joined the league as an expansion team. During that year they were in separate conferences, but played once during the season. In 1961, Dallas was placed in the same division as the Redskins, and from that point on, they have played each other twice during every regular season.
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IRVING – A look at the snaps played by Dallas Cowboys’ offensive players in the team’s 23-20 overtime win over the Cleveland Browns, while analyzing what it means:
RG Mackenzy Bernadeau: 90 of 90
LG Nate Livings: 90 of 90
QB Tony Romo: 90 of 90
RT Doug Free: 90 of 90
RG Derrick Dockery: 90 of 90
TE Jason Witten: 90 of 90
WR Miles Austin: 86 of 90
OL Jermey Parnell: 74 of 90
WR Dez Bryant: 74 of 90
RB Felix Jones: 46 of 90
RB Lance Dunbar: 37 of 90
WR Kevin Ogletree: 30 of 90
WR Dwayne Harris: 26 of 90
WR Cole Beasley: 21 of 90
FB Lawrence Vickers: 20 of 90
LT Tyron Smith: 16 of 90
TE John Phillips: 11 of 90
TE James Hanna: 8 of 90
Takes: For the first time this season Dwayne Harris (26 plays) and Cole Beasley (21) combined for more playing time than Ogletree (30). They also produced four catches on four targets for 28 yards and Harris drew a pivotal 35-yard pass interference which set up the tying field goal that forced overtime.
Ogletree caught one of three passes directed toward him, but did draw a key personal foul late in the fourth quarter. He left and did not return.
Jermey Parnell, seeing extensive action for the first time in his career, struggled. He gave up two sacks and was penalized once for holding. Another was declined.
John Phillips’ playing time continues to shrink, while Hanna sees more action.
Editors Note: Dez Bryant was targeted 15 times, had 12 receptions, including a TD. Also, Lance Dunbar played a significant amount of time vs. Cleveland.
IRVING, Texas – With Kevin Ogletree missing his second straight day of practice because of a concussion suffered Sunday, the Cowboys could be looking at Dwayne Harris as their No. 3 wide receiver against Washington.
In the last three games Harris has made difference-making plays in the punt return game and against Cleveland he caught the first three passes of his career. He also drew a critical 35-yard pass interference penalty on the Cowboys’ game-tying drive in the final seconds of the fourth quarter.
“Anytime I get a chance to help the team any way I can, it’s always a good thing,” Harris said. “When my number’s called, I’ve got to do my job.”
“I think that he has just done a real good job understanding what his role is on this football team and really embracing it,” coach Jason Garrett said. “He’s made some big plays in the kicking game the last three weeks. He’s catching the ball on offense. We have a lot of confidence in him. Not afraid to put him out there.”
Harris can sense that faith from Tony Romo as well.
“Through the season we’ve always been talking,” Harris said. “In practice we talk. Me and him have a great understanding and I know he has confidence in me.”
IRVING — Brian Orakpo won’t play. Neither will Sean Lee, Fred Davis, Barry Church, Adam Carriker or Kenyon Coleman. When the Cowboys and Redskins take the field Thursday, many of the principal players for both squads won’t be joining them.
Injuries suffered this season have forced them to the sideline for the foreseeable future and have adversely affected their teams. The Redskins are 4-6. The Cowboys are 5-5. And it seems both clubs would have better records if they had their full complement of frontline starters available.
The misfortune experienced by both Washington and Dallas isn’t some rare occurrence. It happens in the NFL.
But in a league where there is little margin for error, a series of serious injuries can ruin a team’s season or at the very least change its course. Mitigating the impact of the personnel losses is particularly different because the NFL’s economic structure, with its hard salary cap, restricts the financial flexibility needed to add dependable replacements when the stars go down. Quick-fix solutions are usually not attainable.
The teams that already have capable backups in place can survive a stretch when the overall health of their players is nearing a crisis point. The New York Giants did so in 2011. The Green Bay Packers stayed afloat the season before. Both organizations went on to win the Super Bowl after catching the injury bug.
But it’s uncertain whether Redskins or the Cowboys will be able to forge ahead successfully without the players they’ve already lost. In the end, the misfortune may be too much to overcome.
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IRVING, Texas – History’s on the Cowboys’ side this week as they prepare for their first Thursday night game of the season.
The short week’s typically favored the Cowboys, who are 28-15-1 and have won five of their last six games on Thanksgiving. They’ve played the Redskins more than any other team on Turkey Day, going 6-0 all-time, though past records may not make much of a difference for a Cowboys team dealing with a litany of injuries.
“For years, only a handful of teams were playing on these Thursdays, but everybody is playing on Thursdays this year with the NFL package, so it’s just part of the deal,” said head coach Jason Garrett. “We have a routine we like to get into and we went through the first day of that routine today with our players, and we don’t spend really any time on the game we just played. We get focused on the game that’s coming up as quickly as we can.”
Garrett said the team will make as many quick corrections as possible without getting bogged down on Browns’ film when the time could be better utilized watching the upcoming opponent.
If there was a week the Cowboys could use more time to look at tape of the Redskins and of the past week’s game, it would be this one. The Cowboys allowed seven sacks against the Browns and used a handful of new offensive linemen they’d like to critique. They’re also playing against an opposing quarterback in Robert Griffin III they’ve never seen in person before.
“They are certainly playing different offensive football than they’ve played in the past because of RGIII being their quarterback,” Garrett said. “We certainly have to do our best to get on top of what they’re trying to get done. They’ve certainly been very impressive at different times and they do a variety of things, and we’ve got to make sure we can contain him.”
One of the new Cowboys isn’t accustomed to the typical November short week. Cornerback Brandon Carr’s excited to participate in his first Thanksgiving Day game, and he knows staying as healthy and fresh as possible is critical with only three days off.
A total of 13 players were listed at the Cowboys’ injury report Monday, including eight who didn’t participate at all. The quick work week won’t help any of those athletes who weren’t healthy enough to practice, which includes three offensive linemen.
“The most important thing is to take care of your body,” Carr said. “Everybody’s banged up from such a hard week, but at the same time, a quick turnaround, another big game’s upon us, just get everybody mentally prepared for the challenge of an offense that can do multiple things on the field.”
Linebacker Anthony Spencer said the short week can be tough physically, but the extra time that exists after the game to heal for the upcoming week can help motivate players to push on.
“You just grind through it and try to win the game,” Spencer said. “The game is going to be played regardless, so how you’re feeling or where you are mentally doesn’t’ matter.”
For defensive signal caller and linebacker Bruce Carter, extra studying outside of Valley Ranch becomes essential with less time to prepare.
While most players might have witnessed Griffin on highlight tapes at Baylor or with the Redskins, Carter said the first time he sat down and watched film on the rookie star was Monday morning before and after team meetings. He said he’ll watch more at home, where most of the studying must occur to stay on top of the defense in a short week.
At any point he has free time, Carter said he’ll have his iPad out watching tape. Despite all the injuries sustained by the Cowboys, the mental side of a short week is tougher than the physical side for the linebacker responsible for setting the defense.
“If guys take care of their bodies the right way, you should be fine, but it’s more of a mental thing where you just got done playing one team, now you’re on to another one in a short span, so you’ve really got to learn the game plan fast and execute it as fast as you can,” Carter said. “When you make mistakes, you’ve got to correct them fast.”
THROWBACK 1934: Detroit Lions begin an NFL tradition–hosting annual Thanksgiving Day game (Special Feature)
Thanksgiving Day football, once a tradition among the high schools and colleges of America, has more or less faded into oblivion in most sections of the country.
But it is still alive in the National Football League in two franchise cities, Detroit and Dallas, where Thanksgiving Day football has become a normal, expected way of life. Beginning in 1966, Dallas has missed playing on the holiday only in 1975 and 1977.
However, when it comes to Thanksgiving Day football, NFL style, most fans first think of the Lions and the tradition that was started in 1934. It was their first year in Detroit after a local radio executive, George A. Richards, had purchased the Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans and moved the team to Detroit. The Spartans were members of the NFL from 1930 to 1933.
With the Spartans, not only was Richards bringing a proven, quality team to Detroit, he was also bringing at least one super-star, Earl "Dutch" Clark, one of the most versatile backs ever to play the game. Clark had an outstanding supporting cast in the Detroit backfield with a big, talented line anchored by Frank Christiansen.
Even though he knew there was some risk in scheduling a game on Thanksgiving Day, Richards also recognized that his Lions were taking a back seat to the baseball Tigers on the sports pages. So as one way of attracting Motor City fans during the team’s first season, he opted for the Thanksgiving Day contest.
The matchup between the Lions and the World Champion Chicago Bears proved to be an all-time classic. The 1934 Lions had not allowed a touchdown until their eighth game and entered the game with the Bears with a 10-1 record. But with 11 straight wins, Chicago had an even better record. Still a win would put the Lions into a first-place tie with the Bears with only a game left, a repeat clash with the Bears in Chicago, just three days later on December 2.
The 26,000 tickets for the Turkey Day clash in the University of Detroit Stadium, were sold out two weeks in advance of the game. It was estimated that another 25,000 would have attended had there been seats available.
The Bears edged out the Lions 19-16 in the classic holiday struggle and then prevailed 10-7 three days later to clinch the NFL Western Division crown.
Not despondent over the last two losses, Richards reasoned that his team had done well in its first year in Detroit. His confidence was rewarded the next year when the Lions won the 1935 NFL Championship. The key game in the title drive came on Thanksgiving Day, when the Lions defeated the Bears 14-2 to clinch the West championship.
Thus the football-on-Thanksgiving tradition became firmly established in Detroit. With the exception of a six-season gap from 1939 to 1944, the Thanksgiving Day game has been played with no interruptions.
The Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Day heritage gained national attention in another way, starting with the very first game in 1934. Knowing the publicity potential of radio, Richards along with NBC Radio, set up a 94-station network to broadcast the Lions-Bears showdown. The famous announcing team of Graham McNamee and Don Wilson described the action.
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NFL games on Thanksgiving have included some great performances and memorable moments over the years. The legendary Harold "Red" Grange (left) made his pro debut for the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving 1925. In 2008, quarterback Tony Romo (right) led the Dallas Cowboys to a convincing 34-9 win over the Seattle Seahawks by throwing for 331 yards and 3 TDs.