I understand why everyone has gone all Chicken Little but this was the Skins game – the “wrong” team usually loses. Even more interesting is that when the Skins and Boys play in the season opener, the loser has gone to the Superbowl. Look at this history:
'71: Skins generated the Boys only home loss in the 3rd game of the season. Loser won the SuperBowl.
'81: Strike shortened season. Cowboys generated Skins only loss for the season. Loser won the SuperBowl.
’83: Season opener at Skins. Cowboys won 31-30 despite almost 100 fewer yards off the back of a couple of Danny White bombs to Tony Hill. Loser went on to the SuperBowl – smashing the Boys 31-10 in Dallas on the way.
’89 : Our 1-15 team got its lone win was vs the vastly superior 10-6 Skins
’91: The game I think that marked the arrival of the 90’s Boys: The 6-5 team won in Washington against an UNDEFEATED Skins team. They won their next 4 games straight and won their first playoff game in ~10 years. Loser won the SuperBowl.
’93: Season opener at Skins. The eventually 4-12 Skins crushed the Boys 35-10 in the opener. Loser won the SuperBowl
’95: Inferior 6-10 Skins team swept our SuperBowl team generating half of our 4 losses. Loser won the SuperBowl.
In the early 2000’s we went 10-0 against the Redskins. This was a team that went 5-11 three consecutive seasons but remained undefeated against the Skins. And need I remind anyone of that bizarre finish in Washington in 2006 – with the blocked Vanderjagt FG and face mask penalty that led to a Skins FG to win the game with time expired.
Now of course there are other seasons (e.g. '77) where the winner won the SB, but the way the history with the Skins has typically gone, particularly in the opening game against each other, maybe we were better off losing this one...