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Cowboys Survive Redskins At Home, 28-23.

owens2-v-wash.jpgIf it hadn’t been for Terrell Owens, the Cowboys would have probably lost Sunday to a determined Washington team.  But Tony Romo managed to connect with the big receiver four times for touchdowns of 4, 31, 46 and 52-yards leading the Boys past their archrival Redskins, 28-23.

After taking the lead at halftime, 10-7, Washington was outscored 21-13 in the second half by the big plays of Romo and Owens.  If not for the quick strikes by the two teammates, the game may have turned out quite differently as the Cowboys defense struggled to stop the Redskins’ offense most of the half.  Even after getting what should have been a game-clinching interception with 1:39 left in the game, the Redskins got the ball again and moved the ball but ran out of clock after using all their timeouts on the previous Dallas possession. 

The game became quite a nail-biter, much more than anticipated, but these two teams always seem to have a great battle making for some very entertaining football.  Jason Campbell looked very sharp in his first outing against the Cowboys, but his counterpart got the better of the deal throwing for four touchdowns to Campbell’s two. 

Dallas took a 28-16 lead after Owens caught his fourth touchdown of the game, a 52-yarder from Romo but the Redskins answered back with a touchdown of their own to cut the lead to 28-23 with a little over 3 minutes remaining in the game.  Dallas went a quick three-and-out punting the ball back to a redhot Redskin offense who got a great return back to the Dallas 40-yard line.  They had moved the ball to the Dallas twenty when Terence Newman got his first interception since his return on a big 3rd down play for Washington.  But this wasn’t the end of the road for the ‘Skins, who after burning all their timeouts while holding Dallas to another 3-and-out, got the ball back with only :34 seconds left in the game.  After moving the ball to about midfield, thanks to a couple of Dallas penalties and some short catches on the sideline, it was only fitting that T.O. should end the game by batting away the last-second hail-mary pass of Campbell in the endzone. 

Statistically, the game was big for both Romo and Owens, as Romo now has 26-TD passes placing him in third for the single-season Cowboy record for TD passes and Owens became the third all-time NFL leader in TD catches surpassing Marvin Harrison.    The win puts Dallas in firm control of the NFC East divison and gives them a 9-1 record, tied with Green Bay for best in the NFC.  They now have a two-game lead on the Giants and four over the ‘Skins and Eagles. 

There were several key plays, as there always is in any game, that determined the outcome in this one.  The official’s overturning of the interception by Washington’s LB Rocky McIntosh early in the third quarter, which was the correct call by the way, and the 51-yard pass interference call drawn by Patrick Crayton that led to a Dallas score, also a good call. 

Nick Folk missed a long 51-yard field goal in the first quarter, but was perfect on all four extra-points.  Andre Gurode made three of four very bad snaps in the first half, one of which led to an interception throw by Romo who picked up the ball after several bounces and attempted to throw a long pass to Owens, but the ball was a little short and got tipped by Shawn Springs into the arms of London Fletcher. 

Before the game, all hearts went out for Springs, whose father, Ron Springs, lies in a coma in a Dallas hospital.  Unfortunately, Shawn was given the daunting task of covering Terrell Owens most of the afternoon, which wasn’t a job most defensive backs would have wanted today. 

DeMarcus Ware had another great game getting two more sacks and causing a fumble, although he was called for a bogus roughing-the-passer penalty early in the third quarter.  Other than the Newman interception, the defense played very mediocre against a young QB and over-matched Washington offense.

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One Response to “Cowboys Survive Redskins At Home, 28-23.”

  1. Sam says:

    I am not sure about others, but I am really concerned about our secondary and the pass defense. The fact that a team like the Redskins that hasn’t exactly been performing really great can come in and keep moving the ball down the field, without much of a pressure on the QB, be it by pass-rush or by good pass coverage doesn’t speak well of our defense.

    Jets just beat the Steelers and it will be interesting to see how we do against them on Thursday. But the game after could be worse considering how bad we are looking in pass defense.

    Our offense hasn’t been that great either considering their pro-bowl safety was out and so were many other players on the Redskins team. Maybe this is when we need some tough talk from “laid-back” Phillips!

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