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Burn the Clock: I know after last week's game most people would like to see Robert Griffin III throw deep more for long touchdown strikes, but that really isn't the Washington Redskins offense. Last week saw the Redskins take advantage of a very undisciplined defense and make them pay. The Cowboys are a far tougher opponent, and their secondary has been fairly strong this year.
"He [Brandon Meriweather] talked to me after the game," said Coach Shanahan. "And said he felt great and, ‘don’t worry about me coach, I’m ready to go. It’s a little sprain; I could have gone in there and finished the game.’ Obviously, with the score the way it was, we weren’t going to take a chance and put him back in."
The former basketball player who tried to extort $1 million from Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will spend the next year and a half behind bars. Per the Associated Press, 26-year-old Richard Hurd was sentenced to 18 months in federal custody. He also was fined $1,000.
"I have no doubt. He can definitely contribute more," Shanahan said of Garcon, whom Washington signed in the offseason to a five-year, $42.5 million contract to be their leading wideout. "But that’s not really up to him. That’s more up to the coverages that he gets and the looks that happen, and Robert going through the progressions. We called a few plays for him that didn’t go for him, but it depends on how they play it, but that’s really like that for any guy on our team."
Griffin is the first rookie to earn the honor twice in once season since the award was created in 1984, according to the NFL.
This years thanksgiving day game with the Cowboys will mark the 105th time the Redskins have played their fierce rival since Dallas joined the league
"He is a special player," Ryan told The Dallas Morning News. "That's why they traded half a team to get him. Obviously, he's a tremendous athlete and they say he is a hell of a kid. I don't like him, but I know he is very talented. This game looks like it's in slow-motion for him already, and hopefully, we speed it up a whole lot this week."
After three games this season, the Redskins have given up 30 points or more in seven of their previous eight games going back to the end of the 2011 season. Since then they have not allowed more than 27 points to any opponent. In their last seven games the Redskins have allowed an average of just under 22 points per game. That is slightly better than the NFL average of 23 ppg. Last year, when they ranked 13th in yards given up, they allowed 23 points per game.
Contrary to what you may be hearing, the Redskins have won a game on Thanksgiving Day. They came up big on both sides of the ball on turkey day in 1973 with a 20-0 win. But the win was over the Lions in the only time they have played in that other traditional Thanksgiving game. Yes, they are 0-6 against the Cowboys on the fourth Thursday in November. Here is a quick walk down that lane of not-so pleasant memories....
Can the Redskins’ defense generate a pass rush again? Washington had four sacks against Philadelphia last week in its best game of the season. Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett was able to be more creative with his blitz designs because of Brandon Meriweather at safety. Now that Meriweather is out, we’ll see if the Redskins can send as many cornerback blitzes.
"[If he goes] 0-for-4, it makes you look kind of silly," coach Mike Shanahan said. "But when a guy comes through like he has, you’re just glad he took advantage of that opportunity and you’re glad he’s on our football team."
"He’s a playmaker, that’s for sure. He’s a guy that makes things happen when he’s on the field from a physical standpoint," linebacker Ryan Kerrigan said. "When he finally got a chance to get out there, he made some plays and then had an unfortunate injury."
"You always give credit where credit is due — to high school coaches, college coaches — but my dad, the foundation that he built with me, is where all of this came from," Robert III said. "The speed, the determination, the mindset, just the natural belief that you can do anything you put your mind to, it all comes from my dad."
"Sooner or later we have to come to the realization that Tony isn’t a very good quarterback," Joe Theismann said in an interview Tuesday on Sportsnet 590 The Fan. "He throws interceptions that you shake your head. If it’s all the wide receivers’ fault, then maybe he should get some new wide receivers, or they need to come up with some new route combinations that guys can understand.
``It's one game and that's what we've got,'' Griffin said. ``We've got the Dallas Cowboys, and that's what I'm going to play like.'' Hold on another minute before deciding he is completely blowing off the pretty cool idea that he's coming home for a big game on a unique stage. He gets it. ``It will be fun. I'll see a lot of familiar faces,'' Griffin said. ``It's Cowboys-Redskins or Redskins-Cowboys, whatever way you want to put it. Me being a Texas kid, I know how big the rivalry is and I get my fair shot at it.''