- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 20, 2020

“Dallas Week” for the Washington Football Team doesn’t have the same type of buzz this year.

Sure, Washington could, in theory, lead the NFC East with a win over the Cowboys. But when the two teams meet Sunday, they’ll do so with records of 1-5 and 2-4 respectively — making it the least appealing matchup between the teams in quite some time.

That brings us to wonder: Is it the worst ever?

To check, The Washington Times examined past matchups between Washington and Dallas. Of their 118 meetings, Washington and Dallas have played in 29 games in which the clubs went on to finish the season with a losing record.

It’s too early to tell if Washington and Dallas will both finish below .500 — although it certainly looks like they’re headed that way.

With that in mind, here are some other times when the storied rivalry lacked its luster. As a note the records listed are the records entering the matchup:

Dec. 19, 2010: 4-9 Dallas prevails 33-30 over 5-8 Washington

By the time these two met again in Week 15, the division was already out of reach. And both the Cowboys and the Redskins — each under new coaches — had struggled throughout the year. The season marked Mike Shanahan’s first year with Washington, while Jason Garrett replaced a fired Wade Phillips following a 1-7 start. This game turned out to be close, but you’ll be forgiven if you don’t remember that Rex Grossman and Jon Kitna were the starting quarterbacks.

Dec. 26, 2004: 5-9 Dallas grinds out a 13-10 win over 5-9 Washington

Another forgettable meeting. Former Redskins starter Vinny Testaverde was under center for Dallas, but that storyline already ran its course when he made his return to FedEx Field in a Week 3 win. In 2004, the Philadelphia Eagles were by far and away the best team in the division. Fun fact: the Giants, Cowboys and Washington all finished 6-10 — though it was Washington which finished in last place because of tiebreakers.

Dec. 29, 2002: 6-9 Washington beats 5-10 Dallas, 20-14

Can you say battle for last place? With Washington’s win over Dallas in Week 17, the Redskins finished the season 7-9 and avoided a last-place finish in the NFC East. If the Cowboys had won, they would have been 6-10 and held the tiebreaker over Washington.

Oct. 15, 2001: 0-4 Dallas earns a 9-7 victory over 0-4 Washington

All right, this one looks like the winner. Both teams had yet to win — and even worse, this game was in primetime on “Monday Night Football.” Dallas managed to win on a last-second 26-yarder from Tim Seder, who scored all of Dallas‘ points that night. In the pre-game show, commentator and comedian Dennis Miller shared: “You know, it’s no secret for years now that Native Americans have been protesting Washington’s use of the name Redskins. Things have gotten so bad in the Big D this year as I entered the stadium tonight, I saw a picket line of guys in tin-gallon hats and spurs protesting Dallas‘ use of the nickname ‘The Cowboys’”

How do I know that? For some reason, this game was uploaded in its entirety on YouTube. It has 12,675 views.

Other honorable mentions:

Oct. 9, 1988: Both teams 2-3, Washington wins 35-17

Nov. 3, 1963: 2-5 Washington meets 1-6 Cowboys, lose 35-20

Nov. 19, 1961: 0-5 Washington meets 4-5 Dallas, ties 28-28

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