Updated: Monday, September 27, 2004 7:58 PM EDT
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LANDOVER, Maryland (Ticker) -- Joe Gibbs and Bill Parcells have combined for five Super Bowl titles and seven conference championships. On Monday night, they will rekindle an NFC East rivalry when the Washington Redskins host the Dallas Cowboys .

As coach of the New York Giants from 1983-90, Parcells got the best of Gibbs, winning 11 of the 17 meetings, including a 17-0 victory in the January 1987 NFC championship game. They last were on opposite sidelines on October 28, 1990 - a 21-10 win for Parcells.

"I could have had a couple of more Super Bowl rings if it wasn't for that guy," Gibbs said of his Monday matchup with Parcells.

Since leaving the Giants, Parcells coached New England for four years and the New York Jets for three. After a brief retirement, Parcells was lured back to the NFL by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and guided them to a 10-6 record last year. Included in that were two wins over the Redskins, who were then coached by Spurrier.

Since Gibbs left Washington after the 1992 season, Dallas is 16-6 against the Redskins in the bitter NFC East rivalry, including wins in 12 of the last 13 meetings.

Under Gibbs from 1981-92, the Redskins went 140-65 and won three three Super Bowls. Since his departure, they went 74-101-1 and won just one playoff game.

Upon his return, the Redskins opened the season with a solid 16-10 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers here and then followed last week with a sloppy 20-14 loss to the New York Giants , committing seven turnovers.

Clinton Portis fumbled twice, one of which was returned 16 yards for a touchdown, Mark Brunell was intercepted once and fumbled, and backup quarterback Patrick Ramsey threw three interceptions.

Brunell also suffered a strained hamstring, but will start on Monday.

Vinny Testaverde is proving there is life after 40 for NFL quarterbacks. He leads the league with 677 passing yards in two games.

But the Cowboys will not have running back Julius Jones , who broke his shoulder blade in last week's 19-12 win over Cleveland and is expected to be sidelined two months.

Eddie George , who rushed for 62 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries last week, will again see the bulk of the work in the backfield. Unheralded reserve ReShard Lee , a reserve from Middle Tennessee State, should also see some increased playing time in Jones' absence.

But look for the Cowboys to air it out again with Testaverde and a trio of talented receivers - Keyshawn Johnson , Terry Glenn and Antonio Bryant - and tight end Jason Witten .

Matchup to watch: Redskins receiver Laveranues Coles matches up against left cornerback Terrence Newman, the Cowboys' first-round pick in 2003.

Series: Dallas leads, 52-34-2, including 12 of the last 13 meetings.

Next week: Dallas has a bye Washington visits Cleveland, October 3


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