Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. It’s been a pretty busy week, but I’ve finally got some time to look back at Washington’s Week 11 victory against the Bengals, a team that I’ve actually never seen Washington beat before. The last time this team had beaten Cincinnati was in 1991 when Gerald Riggs rushed for three touchdowns en route to a 34-27 win. That’s pretty wild that I was barely a figment of my parents’ imagination the last time this team won a game against the Bengals, but when you think about it, these teams only play once every four years so there’s only been five contests since that 1991 meeting.
It wasn’t necessarily a pretty performance for the Football Team, but it’s hard to complain about a victory after this team essentially botched two very winnable games against the Lions and the Giants. Also the team gets brownie points for winning in those absolutely gorgeous throwback jerseys. I seriously love when they play in these jerseys. If they just fixed the helmets it’d be perfect.
The 20-9 win puts Washington just a half game back of first place for the division lead, which they can possibly take if they beat the Cowboys tomorrow on Thanksgiving. Talk about a game for all the marbles, if the marbles equated to a division lead at 4-7. Those are some marbles, man. Wowie.
I’ll write about that game in a few days, but let’s get down to brass tacks and talk about this Bengals result.
After a pretty great victory two weeks ago against Dallas, you’d have thought the Washington Football Team was in prime position to even the score with an equally unimpressive New York Giants team and find themselves back in the hunt with the Eagles for the NFC East title, but like me, you were hoodwinked. Bamboozled even.
The 23-20 Giants victory was a disastrous performance by the Football Team, who have now lost to the Giants five straight times dating all the way back to the 2018-19 season. That’s pretty sad considering the Giants have been a lifeless corpse of a franchise like us since their last Super Bowl run. They have just two winning seasons since that Super Bowl win, but you wouldn’t have guessed that if you only watched these two teams play each other every year.
Washington now sits at 2-6 with a must-win game against Detroit coming up. I’ll remind you that Washington is somehow still second in the division despite the loss, but they’re going to not only need a win this week, but need the Giants to beat the Eagles to put Washington a half game back of first place. It’s not impossible considering the Eagles won by just one point in their last meeting, but the Giants haven’t beaten any team not named the Washington Football Team this year, so we’re going to have to do a little praying.
But let’s not get too ahead of ourselves, we still need to talk about this disasterclass of a performance from Ron Rivera’s group, who let Daniel Jones look about as competent as I’ve seen him this year. That’s probably a good place to start.
In what’s felt like forever (approximately two years and four days to be exact, but who’s counting), the Washington Football Team has defeated the Dallas Cowboys. I feel like we should be throwing a parade every time this happens because we get to experience it so few times. The last time we’d beaten this team, Alex Smith was still healthy and the refs rewarded us with a still hilarious 5-yard snap infraction that helped kicker Brett Maher miss a game-winning field goal as time expired.
Think about it this way. Since the 2010-11 season (yes the one with McNabb under center), Washington has had a 6-14 record against Jerry Jones’ team. Is it even still a rivalry at this point? Barely, but we won in dominant fashion this time with a 25-3 shallacking of a Cowboys team that is somehow in an even worse position than us. They are seriously down in the dumps right now. I haven’t seen a defense that bad in some time and I had to witness the era of Joe Barry.
Still, Washington isn’t a very good team either so I could really care less about how bad a situation it is over in Dallas. I’ll take this win and I’ll cherish it just like I cherish all those other wins hidden amongst the field of embarrassing and downright awful losses we’ve suffered at the hands of this team.
We are now tied with Dallas for second in the division at 2-5 and just half a game back from the division lead held by the Eagles at 2-4-1 (you can laugh now) so all that stuff I said about kicking this team to the curb and selling off assets seems to not really be a thing anymore I guess? We’ll get into that a little later, but let’s first talk about the game itself.