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Right tackle Tyler Polumbus was limited Thursday and still has not been cleared for full practice. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said if Polumbus passes the concussion test Friday then he will practice. Safety DeJone Gomes (MCL knee sprain) and linebacker London Fletcher (sprained ankle) were limited in practice.
Cofield: "We Are Where We Want To Be" " CBS DC
"Being able to win the NFC East for the first time in over ten years would be very special for us and for our fans." Cofield also talked about what the feeling was in the locker room after falling to the Carolina Panthers on November 4th and falling to 3-6 on the season. "The Season was either going to go to hell at that point or we were going to fight back. Obviously, we are where we want to be."
Third Season the Charm for Trent Williams " CBS DC
"I was extremely excited," the 24-year-old left tackle said about getting the news, which came via phone call on Wednesday afternoon. "My coach called me. I thought it was kind of odd that he was calling me around four o’clock. I was a little skeptical when I answered the phone."
Washington Redskins Keys to the Game vs. Cowboys | Fanspeak Washington Redskins Blog
Although the Redskins have not had any games of this magnitude in years, Dallas has had a few and when they have they failed. The Cowboys have been up and down all season, eking out wins the past two months usually having to come from behind late in games. The Redskins did the same versus Baltimore but took care of business against teams like Cleveland, in Dallas, New York and last week in Philadelphia over this six game win streak. Yes, the games ended close but except versus Baltimore, Washington had the lead in all those games down the stretch of the fourth quarter.
Redskins Music: I Don't Like Dallas by Black Boo (Week 17)
Redskins Music for week 17's game against the hated Cowboys...the winner of this game wins the NFC East and moves on to the playoffs.
NFC East wrap: The year of RG III - NFC East Blog - ESPN
Division MVP: Interesting word, "value." The Washington Redskins decided that fixing their problem at quarterback by drafting Robert Griffin III was worth three first-round picks and a second-round pick. That's the "value" they assigned to Griffin as their short-term and long-term solution at the game's most critical position -- willingly not having another first-round pick until 2015. The first-year result is the current six-game winning streak that has delivered the Redskins' first winning season since 2007 and a shot Sunday night at their first division title since 1999.
"I don’t think words are going to express how important this game is, for me as well as the team," Morgan said. "Definitely for me, being from here, the way this season has been going, to have an opportunity that we have, everything that’s at stake with the whole rivalry throughout the years. Also being the NFC East champs. It’s everything. A division title. Playoffs. The Cowboys. It’s everything. I don’t think words can express. Basically, it’s like our Super Bowl, for real."
Reed Doughty: I imagine most Redskins fans have a love-hate relationship with the longtime safety. One hand, he’s a consummate team player who has appeared in 91 games in the Gibbs, Zorn and Shanahan eras, with half of them (45) starts. On the other hand, his impact is limited, and his two career interceptions and nine pass break-ups in six-plus seasons speak to that. Doughty has started the past three games alongside Madieu Williams, and given how Dez Bryant has played of late (10 receiving TDs in past seven games, and coming off a nine-catch, 224-yard game against the Saints) safety help on deep balls is going to come into play. DeJon Gomes is merely hoping to play Sunday, so it’s on Doughty and Williams to limit Dallas’s deep damage.
Smith, the longest tenured coach on Washington’s staff, wasn’t made available to reporters on Thursday. But the Redskins released a statement from him that said, in part: Alexander "makes plays every week. He gets double- and triple-teamed at times. He has more big, solid hits than anybody. It’s really quite deserving and it’s something that he’s worked his butt off to achieve. It’s something that he takes very personal, very prideful. And he plays with a passion. You root for guys like that. You support people like that. They’re easy to coach. They’re fun to coach. They’re fun to be around."
Released by the Redskins in final cuts prior to the season, linebacker Bryan Kehl is back and making an impact for the team during playoff push.
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.
"Before you’re kind of lost like, ‘Man, we’re 3-6, this isn’t going the way we want it to go.’ And then when coach gets up there and says, ‘Hey guys, everything we wanted at the beginning of the season is still attainable,’" tight end Logan Paulsen said. "I think it just kind of focuses you on a task."
During their six-game streak, the Redskins‘ passer rating has topped 100 every week (Griffin five starts, Kirk Cousins one). The team never has had a stretch like that. Ever.
"The first week back, you don’t want to put him into a normal game plan," Shanahan said Wednesday. "You want to protect him a little bit. I still think he was full-speed, ready to go. We just chose not to put him in that situation. "I think as every day goes and you see somebody more comfortable and more comfortable, you have a gut feel when you could do everything. I really felt like I could have done that against Philly. We just chose not to."
"My strategy was to come in and try to lead by example first," Griffin said recently. "Being a rookie, you don’t want to come in talking right away. You can rub a lot of guys the wrong way. . . . One thing you can’t do as a leader is come out and say you’re the leader." Some eight months after he first walked through the doors of their practice facility, Griffin has the Redskins — a last-place team each of the previous four seasons — on the verge of the playoffs. A win over Dallas on Sunday would cement the team’s first division title in 13 years and earn the Redskins a home playoff game next weekend. Named to the NFL Pro Bowl team on Wednesday, Griffin is also a leading candidate for rookie of the year.
"I think he’s gotten progressively better every game," Haslett said. "I thought he played one of his better games last week. The last two weeks he’s played exceptionally well. He’s gotten after the passer, played well against the run." Jenkins’s recent form more closely resembles what the Redskins envisioned when they selected him with the 41st pick of the 2011 draft. Jenkins had a strong training camp and first two preseason games but then tore his ACL and was lost for the year.
Redskins defensive end Adam Carriker and former wrestling announcer, turned weight loss champion, Chuck Carroll preview the Sunday night showdown against the Dallas Cowboys for the NFC East title and a trip to the playoffs. Carriker says it will be his first time at the stadium since suffering a season-ending knee injury in Week 2.
Cowboys linebacker Brady Popinga said that his defense in order to stop Robert Griffin III they would have to make it hurt. "I think one thing you have to do with him, especially when you have an option quarterback who’s exposed, is you have to inflict him with pain," Poppinga said. "Not that you’re trying to knock the guy out or anything, but you have to tackle him, and you have to hit him and you have to make it to where the coach says, ‘Look, we need to protect our guy a little more’ and then they implement certain other kinds of running plays and things of that nature."
Washington is a 25-1 shot to win the Super Bowl in New Orleans. Those are the same odds as those given to the Baltimore Ravens.