Who is the Dallas Cowboys’ biggest rival? Might depend on who you ask.
Below are some candidates for America’s Team’s biggest rivals. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to cast your vote on which team you think is the top arch-nemesis of Dallas.
Note: All records and playoff series records are from profootballreference.com.
Cowboys’ record against them the last 10 games: 6-4
All-time series record: Cowboys lead 68-44-2
Times met in the playoffs: 2. Washington won both times.
Reason why: Football purists will probably like this option. While Cowboys-Redskins has lacked some pop in recent history, the way these two teams battled in the late 60s and early 70s was entertaining on and off the field.
There was the game where Clint Longley took over for a hurt Roger Staubach to shock Washington on Thanksgiving Day. It’s easy to tell just how much Tom Landry didn’t like Redskins head coach George Allen by what he said after that game in 1974.
“I can still see George over there after Staubach got knocked out,” Landry said. “Boy, he was spitting on his hands, rubbing them. He knew he had the ballgame won. Then Longley comes in and throws that pass for a touchdown. I don’t think George got over that. I know he didn’t. He brought it up every time we met. It was really a pleasure to see that happen.”
Allen also struck a nerve with both players and fans, like former Cowboys linebacker Lee Roy Jordan told The Dallas Morning News in 2004.
“George had a real hate rivalry for us,” Jordan said. “He used to say, ‘If we can injure [Roger] Staubach, we have a chance to win.’ He really made it intense. And I use that word because it’s the only one you can print.”
In 2016, a Redskins rookie took it to the next level. Washington linebacker Su’a Cravens’ mom was a Cowboys fan, and he wasn’t digging it. He wouldn’t talk to her for the week leading up to the game.
“I don’t talk to Cowboys,” Cravens said. “I told her, no new friends.”
I told her, no new friends….