- The Washington Times - Friday, November 29, 2002

IRVING, Texas The coaches change, the players change and yet the bottom line always remains: The Washington Redskins cannot beat the Dallas Cowboys.
The Redskins dropped their 10th straight game to their archrivals yesterday, losing 27-20 before a national television audience on Thanksgiving Day. The losing streak is the longest current one in the NFL between any two teams.
Washington also dropped to 0-6 against Dallas on Thanksgiving.
Coach Steve Spurrier, at his introductory news conference in January, told owner Dan Snyder that he would give him a game ball after beating the Cowboys.
Yesterday, Spurrier became the fourth Redskins coach to lose to Dallas during the streak. A fan's sign behind one end zone at Texas Stadium summed up the feeling of local dominance over Washington:
"Snyder/Spurrier: If you want this game ball, ask [owner Jerry Jones] and the Cowboys for it."
"We don't have to worry about any game balls on this side," Spurrier said. "They kicked our butts. They deserved to win the game. Hopefully we'll give them a little better contest the next time we play them."
The coach added he apologized to Snyder just before the postgame news conference.
"I told him, 'Sorry, we're not good enough to beat them right now,'" Spurrier said. "It's as simple as that. Maybe next time will be different. I don't know."
Washington (5-7) led 20-10 early in the second half but allowed the Cowboys to storm back and essentially end the Redskins' faint playoff hopes in Spurrier's first season.
The Redskins also suffered a variety of injuries, including a potential season-ending knee sprain to $35 million linebacker Jeremiah Trotter and a gruesome broken nose to punter Bryan Barker that required Barker to stay behind at Baylor Medical Center.
Dallas (5-7) already was all but eliminated from postseason contention but once again managed to upset an apparently more talented Redskins club. Cowboys coach Dave Campo improved to 5-0 against Washington; he is just 10-29 against the rest of the NFL.
Guard Tre Johnson, one of only three Redskins who have beaten Dallas while playing for Washington, knew his club gave another one away yesterday.
"It's all about us," Johnson said. "We just didn't win the game when we had the opportunity to. We had it in our hands and it's not the first time, either."


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