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Remembering 'The Monday Night Miracle' 10 years later


Remembering 'The Monday Night Miracle' 10 years later

There are certain games in every team's history that conjure up the best memories for fans — games where the most important plays are forever etched in stone, games where people remember where they were when they were decided, and games that have legacies that are passed down to the next generation of the franchise's supporters.

Often times, these great contests involve a heated rivalry, and when it comes to football in Washington, there's no better matchup than Redskins-Cowboys. And the two sides have had numerous classic battles in their history, including recent ones like the 2006 affair that concluded with a Nick Novak field goal after Sean Taylor's chaotic return moments before, and the 2012 Thanksgiving showdown that saw the Burgundy and Gold destroy Dallas in front of a national audience.

But today, four days before the 'Skins and the 'Boys square off on Monday Night football, we're going to look back at an unforgettable victory for the Redskins that occurred under the same bright lights 10 years ago. It's certainly one of "those games," one that anyone who loves Washington will remember fondly: "The Monday Night Miracle."

It was Week 2 of the 2005 season, and Joe Gibbs' offense was sputtering badly inside of Texas Stadium. After putting up just nine points in the season opener, the unit found themselves down 13-0 late in the fourth quarter to Bill Parcells' squad. Throw in the fact that Mark Brunell and Co. were facing a fourth-and-15 with less than four minutes to go, and things were looking pretty hopeless for the visitors.

But then, a miracle happened. Anyone want some goosebumps? Then watch this video:

Two bombs from Brunell to the newly-acquired Santana Moss — a 39-yarder and then a 70-yarder — gave the underdog a crazy 14-13 win and handed Joe Gibbs what he called "one of the greatest moments in sports for me." For Moss, meanwhile, it was the start of what would prove to be a legendary career in D.C., and laid the groundwork for a guy who'd eventually be dubbed, "The Cowboy Killer."

This Monday, the two NFC East squads will get together again, and the winner will gain the edge in a series that is currently tied 8-8 when its played on the NFL's most-watched stage. For the Redskins, coming out on top is paramount, as they need to keep collecting W's in order to secure their first trip to the playoffs since 2012. The out-of-nowhere result they earned back in 2005 was key in jumpstarting what would eventually prove to be a postseason run, and a victory over the Cowboys again on MNF could have the same effect.

It's hard to believe that a decade has already passed since that insane night in Dallas, but even though the game itself keeps getting pushed further and further back in our rearview mirrors, the details of it and the feelings it ignited are still fresh in the minds of Redskin faithful everywhere. Because, no matter what coaches or players say, some games are bigger than others, and few will ever be bigger than "The Monday Night Miracle."


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Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign CB Orlando Scandrick

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Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign CB Orlando Scandrick

The Redskins seem to love former Cowboys. They signed another one today.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Media is reporting that Washington has agreed to terms with cornerback Orlando Scandrick. The early numbers put the contract at up to $10 million over two years.

Scandrick, 31, has played for the Cowboys since they made him a fifth-round pick in the 2008 draft. In nine seasons in the league, Scandrick has eight interceptions and seven forced fumbles.

He has been plagued by injuries the last three years. Scandrick was out for the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL. In 2016 he missed four games with a hamstring injury and he finished last season on injured reserve with a back injury. Whether his struggles last year were due to injuries or age remains to be seen.

Scandrick joins Nosh Norman, Quinton Dunbar, Fabian Moreau, and Josh Holsey at cornerback for the Redskins. Holsey is the only natural slot corner in the group and he played very sparingly as a rookie last year. Scandrick likely will fill the slot role until Holsey is ready.

We will see what the signing costs in terms of salary cap impact when we see the details of the contract. The phrase “up to” generally means that there are incentives included in the deal so we will have to see.

In recent years, the Redskins have signed former Cowboys defensive linemen Stephen Bowen, Jason Hatcher, and Terrell McClain.


Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.


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Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract

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Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract

When the Redskins traded for Alex Smith on January 30, news also broke that he had agreed to a four-year extension with Washington in addition to the one year left on his contract with the Chiefs. While we got some top-line numbers on the deal, we have gone since then without any details.

Until now.

The details show a deal that has a slightly higher cap hit in 2018 than was on his original Chiefs contract and the numbers rise gradually over the life of the deal, which runs through 2022. The top line numbers are five years, $111 million, an average annual value of $22.2 million per year. 


Smith got a $27 million signing bonus and his salaries for 2018 ($13 million) and 2019 ($15 million) also are fully guaranteed at signing making the total $55 million (information via Over the Cap, which got data from a report by Albert Breer).

But there is another $16 million that is guaranteed for all practical purposes. On the fifth day of the 2019 league year, his 2020 salary of $16 million becomes fully guaranteed. He almost assuredly will get to the point where that money will become guaranteed since the Redskins are not going to cut him after one year having invested $55 million in him. So the total guarantees come to $71 million.

His 2021 salary is $19 million and it goes up to $21 million in 2022. There have been reports of some incentives available to Smith, but since we have no details, we’ll set those aside for now.

The cap hits on the contract are as follows:

2018: $18.4 million
2019: $20.0 million
2020: $21.4 million
2021: $24.4 million
2022: $26.4 million

The Redskins can realistically move on from Smith after 2020. There would be net cap savings of $13 million in 2021 and $21 million in 2022.

The first impression of the deal is that the Redskins did not move on from Kirk Cousins because they didn’t want to guarantee a lot of money to a quarterback. The total practical guarantee of $71 million is second only to Cousins’ $82.5 million. It should be noted that Cousins’ deal runs for three years and Smith’s contract is for five.


Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.