The NFL, knowing a good finish when it sees it, flexed the game to primetime, making it the 256th and final entry in the 2012 regular season schedule.
The Redskins were once 3-6, the Cowboys 3-5. Washington is riding a six-game winning streak; Dallas is on a 5-2 run, with the only losses against the Redskins on Thanksgiving Day and in overtime last week against the New Orleans Saints.
Washington’s Robert Griffin III is setting new standards for rookie quarterbacks with his talent, leadership and star power. Unless he has a bad day, he’ll break the single-season NFL record for rookie passer rating, set by Ben Roethlisberger in 2004.
Even though he’s from Texas and went to college at Baylor, Griffin didn’t grow up with a dispassionate view of Cowboys-Redskins love-hate. Instead, he was a Denver Broncos fan.
“For guys like myself (and) the other rookies, we’re fresh into this rivalry,” Griffin said. “But we can definitely sense how the fans feel, how some of the guys who have been here for many years feel about the Cowboys, and that’s the mindset we have to take on. We’re doing it for them. We’re doing it for the fans.”