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As great as last night's Redskins win over the Cowboys was, it really is tough to draw any definitive conclusions about the Redskins' themselves. The truth is that the Cowboys gave the game away as much as the Redskins took it, and while a win is nice, there are still many issues to sort out.
However, there is one thing we can be absolutely sure about in the aftermath of last night's game: the Redskins' attempts to get the fanbase pumped up for the Cowboys worked to perfection. The proclamations by Mayor Adrian Fenty, the pregame parade led by Dexter Manley, the gold pants and all the other little things the organization did this past week all had their desired effect. Fedex Field was loud and rocking in a way that we haven't seen in a very long time.
Sure, the Redskins had help, in the form of an eager fanbase, a new coach and a new energy surrounding the team, but they did everything right in capitalizing on it. As Hogs Haven writes, the stadium was probably louder last night than the Boise State-Virginia Tech game the week before. That's quite impressive.
Today's must-reads from around the SB Nation network:
- The aforementioned Hogs Haven recap.
- SB Nation's Cowboys blog Blogging the Boys is not enthused.
- Even more Redskins-Cowboys coverage from SB Nation's John Taylor in this StoryStream.
- In non-Redskins news: Bullets Forever is worried that the Wizards won't have enough perimeter shooting next season.
- Federal Baseball talks to Jim Riggleman about moving Nyjer Morgan down to eighth in the batting order.
- Travis Baltz has been so good as a substitute kicker that he might just take the job permanently, writes Testudo Times.