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RG3 excited for Texas homecoming

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RG3 excited for Texas homecoming

Robert Griffin III is looking forward to returning to his home state of Texas on Thursday. But the Redskins’ quarterback also insisted that the trip is all business.

“It will be fun. I’ll get to see a lot of familiar faces,” Griffin said. “I have a lot of fans down there who got to see me grow up in Copperas Cove, Texas, then go to college at Baylor. So it will definitely be a good homecoming.”

“Certainly looking to having fun,” he added. “But we’re going there with one goal in mind – and that’s to win.”

Griffin is coming off a scintillating performance in the Redskins' 31-6 victory over the Eagles. But Washington (4-6) must maintain that momentum against Dallas (5-5) if it hopes to keep alive the team's faint playoff hopes. The Redskins also will be attempting to snap a 0-6 slump against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving.

An army brat, Griffin was born in Okinawa. His parents were stationed near Tacoma, Wash., and then New Orleans before the family eventually settled in central Texas when he was about 7 years old. Copperas Cove is midway between Dallas and Houston, but most of Griffin’s friends were Cowboy diehards.

“I had some friends that were big, big Cowboys fans,” Griffin said. “So they would always want to get together and watch the games. For me, I was never a Cowboys’ fan. But it was always good to watch football on Thanksgiving.”

Griffin recalls watching the 2005 game when his favorite team – the Mike Shanahan coached Broncos – beat the Cowboys, 24-21, in overtime at Dallas.

“I had bragging rights,” he cracked.

Griffin said his friends who still live in Texas have told him in recent days that they still intend to root for the Cowboys – even if he’s their favorite NFL quarterback.

“They’ll be cheering for me, but they still want their guys to win,” Griffin said. “I guess I can accept that.”

Last season, Griffin guided Baylor to a 66-42 victory over Texas Tech at Cowboys Stadium. The stakes, however, will be much higher two days from now when Griffin makes his national television debut in a game the Redskins can't afford to lose.

“It’s about playing on a big stage and playing at a high level,” he said. “Everyone on this team is ready to do that.”

 

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Quinton Dunbar did something Redskins haven't done since before Facebook existed

Quinton Dunbar did something Redskins haven't done since before Facebook existed

Quinton Dunbar had one heck of a day in New York on Sunday in the Redskins 29-27 win over the Giants. 

Dunbar grabbed an interception and made a catch in the same game, something no Redskins player has done since Champ Bailey on Christmas Eve in 2000. That was the last days of Bill Clinton's presidency, and four years prior to the invention of Facebook. 

Dunbar's impressive feat was not done in vain either. Both the catch and interception were huge plays for Washington, one bigger than the next, in a game that swung back and forth for four quarters. 

In the third quarter, Dunbar lined up as the gunner as the Redskins went to punt. Only the Redskins faked the punt, and Tress Way fired a pass down the left sideline to Dunbar. It was no easy catch either; Dunbar had to jump for the ball and had a defender right on him. 

Later, as the Giants were driving to extend their fourth quarter lead and deep in 'Skins territory, Dunbar made an excellent one-handed leaping interception. It was a very athletic play and gave Kirk Cousins and the Washington offense the ball on what would prove to be a scoring drive. 

In 2015 Dunbar proved his versatility to be a real asset for the Redskins. A receiver in college at the University of Florida, Washington flipped Dunbar to the other side of the ball to be a cornerback. As the 'Skins took off in the second half of last season, Dunbar came to be a integral part of the teams secondary. 

That same versatility showed Sunday in New  York, and now it has Dunbar's name next to Champ Bailey in the Redskins history books. 

MORE REDSKINS: Beckham gets yards, but Norman gets win

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Odell Beckham gets yards, but Josh Norman's Redskins get the win

Odell Beckham gets yards, but Josh Norman's Redskins get the win

Hype doesn't even begin to describe the attention put on Sunday's matchup between Josh Norman and Odell Beckham. The pairing of star cornerback and star receiver overshadowed the Redskins-Giants game, even though Washington came in desperate for a win.

Beckham versus Norman didn't disappoint either. It's overly simplifying the chess match between the two to declare a victor, but one side definitely left Giants Stadium smiling. 

Make no mistake, Beckham got his. He recorded seven catches on 11 targets for more than 100 yards.  But it's what Beckham didn't do - score a touchdown - that stands out.

Norman's play was solid throughout. He almost snagged a first half interception of Eli Manning and delivered a big hit on rookie Sterling Shepard in the second half that resulted in a personal foul penalty.

In the end though, Norman's team won. And that's what matters.  

"It's an awesome day. Straight awesome day," Norman said after the game.

As the players took the field before the game, the Giants Stadium crowd shouted a lot of ugly comments Norman's direction. Then throughout the game Norman was repeatedly booed by the crowd.

"Towards the end I was just celebrating with my teammates, victoriously, you can't ask for nothing better than that."

Much too much was made of the Beckham/Norman pairing, and perhaps for the next NFC East game between the 'Skins and Giants the focus will be different. But on Sunday, Norman and Beckham were the story.

"He made some plays and I made my plays," Norman said of Beckham.

"We got a team win. That's what it was – the Washington Redskins versus the New York Giants."

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