Yes, the defense of the Dallas Cowboys was the primary reason why America’s Team is now 4-3 and still in control of its own destiny.
The special teams unit deserves a huge pat on the back as well, especially without place kicker Dan Bailey for the second-straight game.
New kicker Mike Nugent was successful on field goals of 36, 48, 27 and 37 yards while missing his longest attempt of 49 yards in the horrid playing conditions.
Special teams also forced a fumble on a Washington kickoff return and Crawford’s blocked field goal late in the second half definitely turned the tide of this game.
But as they say, offense wins games and defense wins championships.
On a day like Sunday’s game at FedEx Field, you can’t expect lots of yardage from your quarterback and receivers in the air, and this generally means fewer points and more mistakes. This was true where the Cowboys offense was concerned.
The defense erased all of those factors by making life miserable for the Redskins entire offense all day long.
Next is a Week 9 meeting between the Dallas Cowboys and the Kansas City Chiefs, who lead the AFC West at 5-2. The lousy weather in Washington won’t be present at the venue formerly known as Cowboys Stadium, but that talented defensive front seven of Dallas will be.