Dallas started off the 2010 season with an impressive drive that stalled when Jason Garrett decided to throw two consecutive passes to Dez Bryant behind the line of scrimmage followed by a quick pass to Roy Williams. None of the plays converted and the Cowboys were forced to punt as the wind was taken out of the offenses sails early.
McNabb then took his first drive with the Redskins and seemed to look like the McNabb of old as he showed his scrambling ability and took Washington down the field for 29-yard field goal by Graham Gano.
Dallas continued to move the ball throughout the first half, but could not find the endzone. On the team’s best scoring opportunity, David Buehler missed a 34-yard field goal wide right.
The Redskin field goal was the only score of the half until Dallas inexplicably ran a play with four seconds left. With no chance of scoring, Tony Romo took a snap from shotgun and tossed the rock to Tashard Choice in the flat where he was stood up by DeAngelo Hall and fumbled the ball. Hall scooped up the loose ball and galloped 32-yards to the endzone.
There was no excuse for such poor play-calling throughout the half. When Dallas decided to run the ball, they found openings and success — unlike in the preseason.
Quarterback Tony Romo completed 18 passes on 25 attempts for 131 yards. Miles Austin leads the team in receptions (5) and yards (67), while Marion Barber is the teams leading rusher averaging over 5 yards a carry on 5 touches. Donovan McNabb leads the Redskins in rushing (17 yards) while 7 of his 8 completions have gone to Santana Moss and Chris Cooley.
Let’s hope Dallas can finish off a drive or two in the second half and find the endzone!