|COWBOYS 18, REDSKINS 16: SCORING SUMMARY|
|Redskins||1||Gano 46-yard field goal||Redskins 3-0|
|Cowboys||1||Bailey 41-yard field goal||Tie, 3-3|
|Redskins||1||Gano 27-yard field goal||Redskins 6-3|
|Cowboys||2||Bailey 27-yard field goal||Tie, 6-6|
|Cowboys||2||Bailey 32-yard field goal||Cowboys 9-6|
|Redskins||2||Gano 50-yard field goal||Tie, 9-9|
|Redskins||3||Hightower 1-yard pass from Grossman (Gano Kick)||Redskins 16-9|
|Cowboys||3||Bailey 41-yard field goal||Redskins 16-12|
|Cowboys||3||Bailye 23-yard field goal||Redskins 16-15|
|Cowboys||3||Bailey 20-yard field goal||Cowboys 18-16|
Redskins.com’s Gary Fitzgerald takes a closer look at Monday night’s game against the Dallas Cowboys at FedExField:
It’s always like this vs. Dallas. Redskins and Cowboys in an intense, taut, hard-fought matchup. Under the lights, in prime time, plenty on the line even in an early season NFC East matchup.
Early on, the two rivals exchanged field goals at Cowboys Stadium. In the third quarter, the Redskins pulled ahead by seven points after
Some will call this a bad loss. It's a tough one, certainly. The Redskins had their opportunities to seal the win, and they failed to take advantage of a banged-up Cowboys offense reeling from injuries.
And yet, the feeling here is that the mistakes are correctable. If it’s true that NFL games are won and lost on a handful of plays, then Monday night’s game is a prime example. It only hurts because it’s Dallas.
In the first two weeks of the season, the Redskins were proud of how they were able to win games they would have lost in years past. It seemed like they were headed in that direction again in the final two minutes of Monday night’s game. At the 43-yard line, Rex Grossman dropped back to pass and rolled right, waiting for
PLAY OF THE GAME
Things can change fast in an NFL game. A botched center-quarterback exchange left Dallas with a 3rd-and-21 at the 30-yard line. Quarterback Tony Romo dropped back and rolled right avoid an all-out blitz. He saw wide receiver Dez Bryant streaking downfield, one-on-one with
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Santana Moss has been a thorn in the Cowboys’ side for years and he turned in another strong showing on Monday night, catching five passes for a team-best 70 yards. For the third week in a row, Moss was Rex Grossman’s first pass completion of the night, a 16-yarder across the middle. He grabbed a 15-yard pass on 3rd-and-7 late in the first half, setting up a Redskins field goal. And in the third quarter, Moss caught a 36-yard pass running a post pattern downfield. The big play helped set up the game’s only touchdown.
WHAT WENT RIGHT
-- After trading field goals in a 9-9 first half, the Redskins finally reached the end zone midway through the third quarter. On 1st-and-goal at the Cowboys 1-yard line, the Redskins lined up with Tim Hightower and
-- With the Redskins clinging to a 16-12 lead midway through the fourth quarter, the Redskins’ defense produced a great red zone stand. It started with linebacker
-- Speaking of Graham Gano, he has been solid since missing his first regular season kick in Week 1. Along with his 27-yarder, he connected on a 46-yard field goal to put the Redskins on the scoreboard early in the first quarter. At the end of the first half, Gano recorded a career-long 50-yarder. All of his attempts appeared accurate, too – right down the middle.
-- The Redskins’ defense used a variety of coverages on tight end Jason Witten to minimize his impact on the game. It worked in the first half. One play it was cornerback
-- The 3rd-and-21 play aside, the Redskins’ defense was impressive on third downs most of the game. In the first half, the Cowboys were 0-for-5 – they didn’t convert a third down until the third quarter. Some of it could be attributed to curious play-calling by Dallas head coach Jason Garrett, especially in the red zone. On a 3rd-and-6 at the Redskins’ 17-yard line in the first half, Rocky McIntosh tackled Tashard Choice for a 3-yard run. And the Cowboys settled for another field goal.
-- On another third down red zone play, at the Redskins’ 9-yard line, linebackers Rocky McIntosh, London Fletcher and
WHAT WENT WRONG
-- Rex Grossman turned in an inconsistent performance. He led the offense on four long scoring drives and overall he completed 22-of-37 passes for 250 yards and one touchdown. He threw a bad interception in the first half in which he admitted he did not see linebacker Sean Lee underneath in the coverage. And he did not seem to have much awareness of the hard-charging Anthony Spencer bearing down on him on his game-ending fumble.
-- After the Redskins went ahead 16-9 on Tim Hightower’s 1-yard touchdown catch, the Redskins seemed to abandon the run. They weren’t very successful with it to begin with, compiling 65 yards and averaging 3.0 yards per carry.
-- The Redskins’ run defense was impressive in the first half, allowing just 20 yards by Felix Jones and 31 yards overall. Jones began to pick up steam against the Redskins in the second half, though. He reeled off runs of 29 yards and 40 yards to help set up Cowboys field goals. Jones finished with a game-high 115 yards on just 14 carries. (He also caught three passes for 40 yards.)
-- DeMarcus Ware was relatively quiet most of the game. He was handled by
-- Tough night for right tackle Jammal Brown. In addition to the sack yielded against DeMarcus Ware, Brown also was beaten by Anthony Spencer on the Redskins' last offensive play in which he stripped Rex Grossman of the ball.
-- The Redskins were in position for a 36-yard field goal midway through the second quarter. Holder
The bobbled field goal snap aside, Sav Rocca had a strong game as the Redskins’ punter. He had five punts and averaged 46.4 yards and a 44.4 net average. He placed three punts inside the 20 and leads the NFL in that category with nine. Twice he boomed kicks from Redskins territory that set the Cowboys back and forced them into long drives just to get into scoring range.
The Redskins lost time of possession for the first time this season. They had the ball for 28:24 while the Cowboys had it for 31:36. The Redskins had entered the game leading the NFL in that category and they had a three-minute advantage at halftime, but the Cowboys were able to establish the run game better than the Redskins in the second half, making up the difference.
“Their defense just made more big plays. They came up with a couple more plays than we did. We really needed to make one more play defensively to win this ballgame but we didn’t.” – London Fletcher
The Redskins appeared to emerge from the game without any serious injuries.
WHO’S IN, WHO’S OUT
After a short week of preparation due to Monday Night Football, the Redskins travel to St. Louis to take on the Rams at the Edward Jones Dome next Sunday. Last year, the Redskins lost to the Rams 30-16 in St. Louis. The Redskins are 21-9-1 all-time in the regular season against the Rams and 2-2 in the postseason. Safety
The Redskins get another crack at the Cowboys in mid-November. Games in November and December are more critical than games in September. Obviously it’s important that the Redskins learn from their mistakes – team leaders can’t let things snowball now that adversity has arrived. So put this loss and the untimely errors aside and focus on next Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams. There is still plenty to like about this team and its future.