Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris fired the Washington Redskins back into the playoff hunt, after outscoring the Cowboys in a wild shootout in Dallas.
The rookie pair dominated the Cowboys' defense and keyed an offensive explosion on Thanksgiving. They combined for 453 yards and 35 of the Redskins 38 points.
Griffin threw four scoring passes, three in the first half. Morris ran for another as the Redskins built a commanding 28-3 edge at half time.
Griffin exploited the Cowboys' aggressive defense with the play-action pass. He got big plays from receivers Aldrick Robinson, Pierre Garcon and Santana Moss.
As he has all season, Griffin also received stellar support from rookie running back Morris. The decisive zone-runner closed in on 1,000 yards after compiling 113 against a bewildered Dallas defense.
In fact, the Redskins had the edge in balance and play-calling on offense all game long. Morris surprised the Cowboys with some quick inside runs, instead of the familiar zone stretch plays to the outside.
The Redskins attacked the edges with smartly designed screen passes to receivers like Josh Morgan and Garcon. Coordinator Kyle Shanahan deserves a measure of credit for how he manufactured big plays via play fakes and misdirection.
Griffin and Morris give the Redskins two dynamic playmakers. That makes the offense a feared unit and one that could spark an unlikely playoff run.
By outscoring their hated rivals, the Redskins have set up an intriguing three-way battle in the NFC East.
That battle will get tougher to call if the New York Giants lose against the Green Bay Packers this Sunday. The Redskins and Cowboys are now tied at 5-6.
If the division-leading Giants do lose to the Packers, they will fall to 6-5. That will put the Redskins just a game shy of the lead in the NFC East.
That could prove crucial in a division that likely sends only one team to the playoffs.
With three more divisional games, including home against the G-men, the Redskins are building momentum at the right time.
If they do make the postseason, the points put up by Griffin and Morris will be the catalyst.897052