It was an ugly, chippy, down-to-the-wire, back-and-forth game that one has come to expect from a NFC East divisional game, especially a Cowboys-Redskins game. While many people were predicting a low-scoring affair, I don’t think anyone would’ve guessed that the sole team to score a touchdown would lose. Regardless, our Cowboys are 2-1, sitting in a tie for first place, and next play another undefeated team before a much-needed bye week. Here’s what we learned from Monday night’s barn-burner:
Sean Lee is a force: The NFC leader in tackles (he is one short of his total from last year), Lee has filled in Brooking’s starting spot considerably well. Not only is he a tackling machine, he also had an interception (his two this year are as much as he had all last year), and recovered that last fumble to secure the game. He is doing an excellent job “quarterbacking” Rob Ryan’s defense.
Everyone misses Miles: His contagious smile not-withstanding, Austin’s presence was surely missed from our inexperienced receiving corps. There were too many times when Romo and his RBs had to tell the receivers were to go, hoping they would at least run the correct routes (which they sometimes didn’t). While everyone and their parents knew Witten would be the primary with Dez banged up, that should’ve at least opened up opportunities for Philips, Ogletree, and Holley-two of whom didn’t see a completion at all.
“Almost Anthony” no more?: With Ware deservingly garnering most of the defensive attention, Spencer is slowly becoming a force in his own right. He has a sack in every game this season (already halfway to his personal best for a year) and was seen many times chasing down Redskins from behind. While he will be remembered in this game for the winning sack/fumble, let’s hope this is just the beginning of a break-out year for Spencer.
Costa will not be playing center against Detroit: This should go without saying for Garrett, Houck, and Wes Phillips. 4 bad snaps are just inexcusable. I don’t care that it’s your first year as a starter, but the offense literally starts with the snap. Put someone else in there that knows when to give Tony the ball.
Signs of a running game: Granted, he started slow in the first half (which had some people questioning if he was full strength), but Felix did finish with 115 yards rushing and 40 yards passing. As it’s been said, the Cowboys need Jones, Tash, and Murray to step up and take some pressure off of Romo. Detroit can stop the run, so next week might be tough.