The members of the Redskin secondary had started calling themselves the Pearl Harbor Crew—"because we get bombed so much," Murphy said—and that nickname, along with the linebacking corps' handle, Airborne Rangers, led to one of the more bizarre sights of the weekend. A couple dozen Skins checked into their hotel, the Summit, on Saturday wearing full camouflage fatigues, complete with combat boots.
"Looks like the Marines coming home from Grenada," said the Summit's assistant sales director, Howard Meincke.
"Caught me completely by surprise," Washington Coach Joe Gibbs said. "Lord only knows where they got those outfits. You never know what they're going to come up with."
"Don't you have a dress code?" someone asked him.
"Yeah, they have to be neat," he said. "I guess neat fatigues qualify."
"You'll notice that I wore civvies," Riggins said. "I didn't want anyone mistaking me for their commander. I have enough, trouble taking care of myself, let alone 25 other guys."
Riggins gained 89 yards on 27 carries Sunday. He took care of himself just fine. His two rushing touchdowns gave him 23 for the season, tying the NFL record set by O.J. Simpson in 1975. Riggins also has 1,225 yards rushing this year, a personal high, and Brown has 73 catches, tying a club mark. The Skins have another game left to set more records. All the Cowboys have are memories. Watch out. It's not over yet.