Best Rivalry: One of professional football's most storied grudge matches regained its old intensity when Steve Spurrier proclaimed at a news conference introducing him as Redskins coach that he hoped to make the Cowboys his University of Georgia, a comparison to his coaching days at Florida when the Gators regularly beat their SEC rivals.
Worst Streak: Though the Redskins' emotions might have been higher for this game after Spurrier's comments, the result was the same. The Redskins lost to the Cowboys for the 10th straight time, extending the longest losing streak in the series by either team.
Worst on Turkey Day: Adding insult to injury, the Redskins fell to 0-6 against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving.
Best Against the Redskins: Emmitt Smith had another impressive performance against a team he loves to play, gaining 144 yards on 23 carries. It was the NFL all-time leading rusher's 12th 100-yard performance against Washington, tying for the most in his career against an opponent. In his previous Thanksgiving game against the Redskins, Smith ran for 155 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries to spark a 21-10 victory.
Best Insult: A banner hanging from one end zone at Texas Stadium read: "Daniel Snyder purchased the Redskins, but the Cowboys own them."
Worst Decline: Since beginning the season by making 9 of 10 field goal tries, the Redskins' James Tuthill has gone 1 for 6, including two blocks. Tuthill had a 36-yard attempt blocked yesterday by Flozell Adams.
Best Stand I: With the Redskins driving late in the game and seeking to tie the game with a touchdown, La'Roi Glover made two huge stops. They came on third and fourth down, with the Redskins needing one yard each time for a first down, and both times the defensive tackle stuffed Stephen Davis.
Best Stand II: With the Redskins facing third down and two from the Cowboys 17 late in the first quarter, Dallas middle linebacker Dat Nguyen burst through the line and dropped Davis for a three-yard loss. The Redskins had their ensuing field goal try blocked.
Worst Injury: The Redskins lost one of their best defensive players when middle linebacker Jeremiah Trotter hurt his knee during the Cowboys' first drive of the second quarter. Trotter was helped off the field, then remained on the training table for some time before getting up and walking gingerly along the sideline.
Best Punt: The Cowboys' Filip Filipovic pinned the Redskins deep with a splendid kick that landed at the 10-yard line and rolled to the 3 before being downed. The Cowboys used that field position to score a defensive touchdown to cut the deficit to 20-17 in the third quarter.
Best Replacement Punter . . . : When starter Bryan Barker broke his nose on the first play of the second quarter, Tuthill took his place and hit a 53-yard punt that rolled into the end zone on his first attempt. His second punt went 50 yards.
. . . to Worst Replacement Punter: Tuthill's third kick, however, went 18 yards, giving the Cowboys possession at the Redskins 43 midway through the fourth quarter. The Cowboys used that field position to get a 42-yard field goal from Billy Cundiff to take a 27-20 lead with 4 minutes 23 seconds to go.
-- Gene Wang