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NFL Greatest Rivalries: Cowboys Defeat Redskins

Warner Bros. // 2010 // 420 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // October 2nd, 2010

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All Rise...

Judge David Johnson thinks "Cowboys defeat Redskins" is racist!

Editor's Note

Our reviews of NFL Greatest Rivalries: Bears Defeat Packers (published October 9th, 2010), NFL Greatest Rivalries: Packers Defeat Bears (published October 28th, 2010), and NFL Greatest Rivalries: Redskins Defeat Cowboys (published October 28th, 2010) are also available.

The Charge

Spoiler alert! The Cowboys win.

The Case

The NFL's Greatest Rivalries sets are odd. It's difficult for to envision anyone picking these up save for the most ardent fans of the winning team. Here, you get three Dallas/Washington games, all of which end up in the Cowboys' win column. In fact, it's right there in the title: Cowboys defeat Redskins. And to smother any remaining suspense, the complete scores are given on the flipside of the disc case. Random football fans looking to settle in for some vintage action aren't going to be interested. Certainly not Redskins fans either. Who does that leave: the Cowboys faithful.

But are even die-hard fans clamoring for these discs? How many times can you watch these? Maybe once? And won't it be tempting to just flip through to the fourth quarter?

Who am I to say? Just a bitter Knicks fan who actually wouldn't mind a rivalries set called "Knicks Defeat Bulls," you know, if that actually ever happened.

Disc One (11/16/97, 17-14)
This game's inclusion perplexes me. Yes the fourth quarter had some drama as the Cowboys claw back from a deficit to win, but up to that point, this was a lethally boring match-up.

Disc Two (9/12/99, 41-35)
This was a little better, as the Cowboys hung 21 points on their hapless foes in the fourth quarter. Again, though, don't you just skip to the fourth?

Disc Three (11/18/07, 28-23)
A more recent inclusion, this game features Terrell Owens scoring four touchdowns. That's great and all, but it's not like that marriage worked out so much for either team huh?

You get the full network games, one per disc, and that's it. Chapters are divided by quarters. The first two games are given full-frame presentations, the third gets the widescreen look.

Only Cowboys fans need apply, and judging from the high expectations of the 2009-2010 campaign and sluggish start America's Team has endured, maybe some wins will be good for the constitution.

The Verdict

Not Guilty. The games are here, so what else is there to judge the release on?

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 75

Perp Profile

Studio: Warner Bros.
Video Formats:
• 1.78:1 Anamorphic
• Full Frame
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Subtitles:
• English (CC)
Running Time: 420 Minutes
Release Year: 2010
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genres:
• Sports
• Television

Distinguishing Marks

• None

Accomplices

• NFL
• Dallas Cowboys
• Washington Redskins








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