Last season Anthony Armstrong had the Redskins’ visit to Dallas circled on his calendar. Sure the Cowboys are division rival, but it also marked a chance for Armstrong to go home and play against the team he not only grew up rooting for but the team he feels passed over him.
“I was a lot more amped last year because it was the first time going down and playing them,” the receiver said this week. “Right now I think I’m just calm and cool about it. It’s still fun to go home and play in front of the guys. ...To go down there and show them what they missed on, that’s my goal.”
In the Redskins’ 33-30 loss there last December, Armstrong put on quite a show, turning in one of his best performances as a pro. In Rex Grossman’s first game as a starter, Armstrong had the only 100-yard game of his career, making six receptions.
He’s hoping to make another big impact Monday night, though this year Armstrong is the team’s No. 3 receiver. He’s seen plenty of action on the field but has caught just two passes in each of the team’s first two games — 24 yards and a touchdown against the Giants and 14 yards last Sunday against the Cardinals.
“Hopefully I get a lot of opportunities and get to score in Dallas this time, in front of my mom and everything like that,” Armstrong said. “That would be fun.”
Growing up in Carrollton, Texas, Armstrong was a big Cowboys fan as a young boy. He played for some members of the Cowboys’ staff while he was with the Dallas Desperados in the Arena League, and Armstrong felt the Cowboys should’ve given him an opportunity. Instead, his long , windy career path led him to Washington where he has a view of the rivalry from new perspective.
“There’s a lot of intensity that goes with it. The D.C. area definitely has a lot of pride in beating Dallas,” he said. “Hopefully we can go and do that for them on Monday night.”