IRVING, Texas -- Mike Jones of the Washington Post gives us our latest edition of The Other Side where we talk to the opposing beat writer. This week the Washington Redskins come to Cowboys Stadium to take on the Cowboys.
Q: So do the Redskins believe a victory on Thanksgiving Day will get them back in the playoff picture?
A: They think it will improve their chances, but are well aware that they need a lot more than one win to turn their fortunes around. After this game, they have a Monday night meeting with the Giants. If they somehow are able to come out of this NFC East stretch they are in (Philly on Sunday, Dallas Thursday, New York on Dec. 3), they'd be back at .500 and then they could possibly start talking about a more realistic push for the playoffs.
Q: Robert Griffin III is on a national stage again. How big of a game is this for him?
A: The thing that the Redskins coaches and players love about Griffin is that no moment is too big for him, and that he remains even keeled regardless of the situation. He understands the magnitude of this game, but at the same time, he isn't hyping it up because he knows that he has to remain calm, remain focused and go out and execute effectively.
Q: The defense has been nicked up the entire season, who is left that can make some plays?
A: Second-year outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan is their leading pass-rusher, but has drawn more double-teams this year with Brian Orakpo out. Former Cowboy Stephen Bowen is having a strong year at that right defensive end spot. They need to get more out of just about everybody on that unit.
Q: What are the chances Pierre Garcon plays on Thursday?
A: He went through practice (Tuesday) and is expected to go through the limited session today. But really, the Redskins won't know for sure until he tests out his injured toe on turf Thursday. He wants to play, but with short recovery time this week, it's hard to say how effective he'll be if he does play.
Q: What about London Fletcher?
A: I expect that he will play. He remained in a walking boot (Wednesday) and didn't practice. But that's a guy who doesn't need a lot of prep time to play at a high level. He has played in 234 consecutive games, and I'm sure that weighs heavily in the back of his mind, as does the fact that he wants to help his team try to defeat a divisional foe.