Cowboys and Redskins Are Even in Monday Night Games

At least two stories on the web (here and here) have focused on the best wins by the Redskins over the Cowboys on Monday Night Football. Dallas sites have not focused quite as much attention on the history of the rivalry.

Dallas and Washington have faced each other 14 times on Monday Night Football, and both teams have won seven of those games. You can read about the losses if you’d like, but this post focuses on the Dallas wins.

September 8, 1980: Dallas 17, Washington 3

Dallas rushed for 177 yards in the opening-day win over Washington. This marked Danny White’s first start as the full-time starter, but Dallas relied on the rushing game to secure the win.

September 5, 1983: Dallas 31, Washington 30

In one of the great comebacks in team history, Dallas erased a 23-3 halftime deficit and pulled out a 31-30 win.

September 9, 1985: Dallas 44, Washington 14

Dallas picked off Joe Theismann (happy birthday) six times in an opening-day rout.

September 7, 1992: Dallas 23, Washington 10

The Cowboys had to face the defending Super Bowl champions and came away with the big win in the opening week.

September 18, 2000: Dallas 27, Washington 21

Dallas looked terrible in an 0-2 start, but Randall Cunningham led the team to its first win under head coach Dave Campo.

October 15, 2001: Dallas 9, Washington 7

Some prominent names in this win—QB Anthony Wright, who led the Cowboys to the win in his third career start; and K Tim Seder, who hit three field goals.

September 27, 2004: Dallas 21, Washington 18

Dallas improved its record to 2-1 in 2004 by beating the Redskins at FedEx Field. A highlight of the game was fullback Richie Anderson throwing a TD pass to receiver Terry Glenn.