Michael Irvin Explains Why The Cowboys Need to Lose To The Redskins

Pro Football Hall of Fame Press Conference

The upcoming matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins at AT&T Stadium on Thanksgiving is a huge game for both squads.

The Redskins are trying to gain some ground in the NFC East race towards another division title and the Cowboys are trying to win their 10th straight game to get closer to a division win and a first round bye in the playoffs.

Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver and hall of fame wide receiver Michael Irvin doesn’t seem to think this game should be a win for his former team.

He explained why they need to lose this game. Via DallasNews:

“Instead of a win, I’m really looking for a loss [on Thursday],” Irvin told 105.3 The Fan on Monday. “I need a loss in here on the way to the playoffs. To re-identify, refocus.

“I’m not saying they are not focused in everything – but I wouldn’t have an issue with a loss and a re-shake. You want to handle this kind of adversity and get refocused. I don’t want to go into the playoffs without that. Because then when you win 9, 10, 12 games you almost forget how bad it feels to lose.”

“You search yourself less in victory,” he said. “We search ourselves deeply in defeat, because it hurts so much we want to make sure it never happens again. Victory, I look at with an overarching eye: Whatever happened, it worked. I want a searching of ourselves one time before the playoffs. 14-2 is a great record.”

Irvin went on to talk about the people expecting rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott to hit a wall.

“[Everyone’ asking] When is Zeke going to hit a wall?” Irvin said. “It’s the new thing going around.

 “Nobody playing this well that’s on the run for MVP thinks about a wall. … This is the sky for Zeke. To come in his first year and take the Dallas Cowboys to a 9-1 record and possibly the Super Bowl with the MVP? Shut up talking about a wall. You don’t even see a wall.

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