The Dallas Cowboys pulled out a close one against the tumbling Washington Redskins tonight at FedEx Field. Beating the Redskins in that huge stadium is a big confidence booster for the Cowboys heading into the game against the San Francisco 49ers.
The defense played outstanding, and the offense did move the ball, but turnovers killed several drives. Wade Phillips and offensive coordinator Jason Garrett made a bizarre call at the end of the game with a minute left, deciding to go for it on 4th and 2 instead of kicking a chip shot field goal that would have put the Cowboys up by 7 points. If the Cowboys were to have not made that first down, the Redskins had a 1:09 left to at least tie the game, and possibly win if they went for two points.
Marion Barber was great, and scored the Cowboys only rushing touchdown.
Clinton Portis played, and the Redskins likely lied about his injury to shake up the Cowboys game plan. It didn’t work. We’ll discuss that later, as The Landry Hat is launching a full investigation.
Terence Newman was amazing. It was play we have not seen from any cornerback all year. Santana Moss had his worst game of the year, and certainly his worst game against the Cowboys in three seasons.
Tony Romo was 19-27 for 198 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. He made an awesome flip pass to Miles Austin that kept a 3rd and 7 drive going that eventually led to a Cowboys touchdown to Martellus Bennett, a rookie who is starting to shine a bit at big moments. Bennett made a great catch in the end zone, and the Cowboys should try to use him more often to let Jason Witten heal.
Jay Ratliff had two sacks and DeMarcus Ware had one for his 11th on the year.
The Cowboys still had too many penalties. Way too many. It has been a problem all year, and actually for the past five years.
Terrell Owens had two drops, including one that resulted in an interceptions.
Overall, it was a huge win and the Cowboys did what they had to do: win the game. At 6-4, the Cowboys dramatically changed the wildcard picture and are on the inside right now. We’ll have to keep an eagle eye on how well the Falcons an Bucs do as the season comes to an end. Keep in mind that if the Cowboys and Bucs tie, the Cowboys get the tiebreaker unless the Bucs win the division.