One of the best rivalries in all of sports is the NFL rivalry between the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys. Fans in the Midwest will look at the Bears and Packers as the top rivalry in the league, but in all reality it is the Redskins and Cowboys. The Redskins and Cowboys are two of the most storied franchises in National Football League history, and they are perennially battling each other for the top spot in the NFC East Division.
The Redskins and Cowboys have played each other at least twice a season since 1961, and they have combined to win 32 division titles and eight Super Bowls. Not only is the competition on the field intense between these two rivals, but fans of both teams share extreme hatred and disdain for one another.
Dallas and Washington have been featured on Monday Night Football a whopping 17 times, which is tied with Denver and Oakland for the most appearances in primetime. Odds are that this rivalry will continue to grow and become even more intense as the years go on.
History of Redskins vs. Cowboys Rivalry
The first game between the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins took place on October 2, 1960, and the Redskins came away with a 26-14 victory. The Redskins won two of the first four meetings with the Cowboys, with the other two games ending in a tie. Things quickly turned and the Cowboys have dominated their rivals since the first few years.
In the 116 regular season meetings between the Redskins and Cowboys, Dallas holds a commanding 71-43-2 record against Washington. The Redskins have gotten the better of the Cowboys in the postseason, winning the only two playoff games in this rivalry and outscoring Dallas by a combined total of 57-20 in those games.
The Cowboys have dominated every decade in this rivalry, and have outscored the Redskins by almost 400 points in the 118 total games. Both the Redskins and Cowboys have had periods of dominance through the years, but Dallas has always had control of this rivalry.
The Washington Redskins got their start as the Boston Braves in 1932 and were renamed the Boston Redskins a season later. The team was moved to Washington in 1937, and they have remained there ever since. The Redskins have played over 1,000 career games in franchise history and are one of five teams that have won at least 600 games. Washington has gone 600-590-28 in regular season games and has posted a 23-19 record during postseason games.
The Redskins were a dominant team in the 1980’s and early 1990’s, winning all three of their Super Bowl Championships during that run. The Redskins have made just four playoff appearances in the 21st century, but odds are that they will turn things around once again.
The Dallas Cowboys came into the league in 1960 and joined the NFC East in 1970, along with the Redskins. Dallas has made eight Super Bowl appearances in franchise history, which is the second most of all time. The Cowboys have also won the conference championship eight times, which is the most among teams in the NFC. Dallas has an all-time record of 512-380-6 in regular season games and has posted a 35-28 record in the playoffs. The Cowboys were an unstoppable force in the early 1990s, winning three Super Bowl titles from 1992-1995. The Cowboys are known as “America’s Team,” and they are always a popular preseason pick to win the NFC East.
Head to Head Analysis of Redskins vs. Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys have a clear and distinct edge in the all-time series standings between these two rivals, but we need to focus our attention to the last 20 games. Looking at the last 20 games won’t tell us everything we need to know, but it will help us make some picks and predictions for the upcoming seasons. The span of the last 20 games takes us back to November of the 2009 regular season, with the teams playing twice each season.
Dallas has posted a 14-6 record against their rivals since that time, and they have dominated both at home and on the road. The Cowboys have gone 7-3 both in Dallas and in our nation’s capital, and it is pretty clear that they have had a stranglehold on this rivalry since the 2009 season. Odds are that the Redskins will eventually reverse this trend, but the Cowboys have remained dominant in this decade. Looking at the head-to-head records sort of limits our view of this rivalry though, as it only focuses on the records of each team in relation to the money line.
We can also look at point spreads and the total number of points for the last 20 games in this heated rivalry. The Dallas Cowboys have been the betting favorite in 16 of the last 20 games, but they have not always been the right team to pick. The Cowboys have gone just 5-11 against the spread in the last 20 games when they were the favorite, and the Redskins won five straight games in this manner during this stretch of games. In the four games that the Redskins were the favorite, they managed to cover the spread just one time.
Usually looking at the point totals will help us out making future “totals” bets, but that hasn’t been the case in this series. The Cowboys and Redskins have combined to go “over” the point total in ten of the games, while also going “under” a total of ten times. The odds might be in the Cowboys’ favor, but history tells us that they aren’t the correct pick most of the time. If you are looking to make a bet on this rivalry in the future, it appears that the underdog is the correct pick.
A Glance at Postseason Success in Redskins vs. Cowboys
Both the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins have five league championships in their franchise history, but the Cowboys have been better in the Super Bowl era. The Cowboys have recorded five Super Bowl wins, while the Redskins have won just three. Neither Washington nor Dallas has been able to beat the odds and win the Super Bowl since the 1995 season.
The Redskins have recorded 14 division championships in team history, while the Cowboys have racked up 24 division titles. There was a stretch in the 70s and 80s that the Redskins and Cowboys were a popular preseason prediction to reach the playoffs, and more often than, not it came true. Dallas has made 33 playoff appearances since coming into the NFL, and the Redskins have made it 24 times.
The Cowboys and Redskins are two teams that you can consistently count on for exciting, rough and tumble football games. This rivalry is only going to pick up steam in the coming seasons, so keep a close watch for their games!