So the Washington Redskins (3-5), one of more struggling teams in football, just beat possibly the best team in football, the Dallas Cowboys (6-2), on Monday night, with a third-string quarterback. Um What? Yes that actually happened, and it is something worth celebrating for Skins fans in a year that has been mostly worthless. Colt McCoy, who brandishes what is probably the coolest name in all of football, returned to his home state, and state of his alma mater Texas, to take on the juggernaut that is the Dallas Cowboys, led by Tony Romo and Demarco Murray, one of the best running backs in the game.
The game wasn’t pretty, with a final score of 20-17 (Final OT) in favor of the boys from Washington D.C. It was, however, a glimmer of hope that the Skins don’t have to give up just yet. McCoy was outstanding. Despite an interception, he threw 25-30 for 299 yards, ran for a TD, and looked to have a calm and collected poise throughout the entire game. That’s completion percentage is 83% by the way, the highest in franchise history for any quarterback with at least 30 attempts. The offence seemed extremely confident in the second half, and finally looked to find some momentum.
Going forward the Redskins still have a lot of questions to answer, especially as RGIII is finally looking ready to play any day now. However, if Griffin is feeling even slightly unprepared, McCoy may get the start again, and another chance to prove himself after Kirk Cousins has shown to be an unreliable interception machine. This all remains to be seen, and the win feels good, but as coach Gruden said in the post-game press conference, “The fact of the matter is that we are still three and five, and we have a long way to go.”
Greg Caple is a senior undergraduate marketing student at the University of Richmond' Robin's School of Business.Add a comment