Cowboys v. Redskins: Game Balls and Close Calls

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Dec 8, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) scores a touchdown as Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall (23) defends during the fourth quarter at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports


Round one of the two-week process of making something out of this season can be marked with victory.  In typical Cowboys fashion though, nothing comes done easy and there is no lack of drama.  One week after getting a hefty portion of the blame for an inexcusable loss to Green Bay, America’s favorite love to hate scapegoat Tony Romo was orchestrating a fabulous comeback victory to keep the season on life support.  Striking a balance between the pass and the run, the Dallas offense was able to do what everyone questions and come through in the clutch to win a game in December.  Every thing is now on the line next week when the Eagles come to town.  Before we get to that though, let’s take one last look back at Week 16 and hand out our game balls for this monumental victory.

DeMarco Murray
Honorable Mention: Tony Romo, Tyron Smith

Murray has been on fire the last four games and continued the streak of correlation between his usage and the team’s overall success.  For the third time this year and eleventh time in his career, Murray was given 20+ carries (22) and the Cowboys won (11-0 when this occurs).  Not only were DeMarco’s carries numerous, his production was also quite large.  Murray had 111 combined rushing/receiving yards and scored a touchdown in both ways.  The first touchdown of the game and the last.  Even in times when Murray is not producing, his tenacity, attitude and passion are something that this team feeds off of.

Romo was not his typical top level self but he came with it when it mattered, while fighting through an apparent back injury that limited his mobility.  He deserves the same veracity in the lauding of his effort that he gets in times when his mistakes get magnified and scrutinized.   Smith was his typical Pro-Bowl caliber self, dominating Redskins rusher Brian Orakpo, holding him to no sacks and no tackles for loss.

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