With the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins, you have two teams going in two totally different directions. With the Cowboys, you have a team that is like the little girl with the curl; when they’re good, they’re very good. When they’re bad, well…I think you get the gist of this. Meanwhile, with the Redskins, you pretty much know what to expect: a team that is, to put it mildly, offensively-challenged. Having said that, both teams hooked up Sunday afternoon at Cowboys Stadium with Dallas having the most at stake.
Unfortunately for both teams, they had this aversion for the end zone for the most part as while both teams chewed up yardage, scoring came at a premium as there were only three scores all game – a pair of field goals and a touchdown. The touchdown, a 10-yard Tony Romo-to-Patrick Crayton TD pass with 2:41 in the final period, helped Dallas remain on top of the NFC East, edging Washington 7-6.
As already mentioned, scoring was sparse; a 45-yard field goal by Shaun Suisham with 10:22 left in the first half and a 31-yard FG by Suisham with 41 seconds left in the third quarter gave Washington a 6-0 lead going into the final quarter. Romo led the Cowboys on their lone scoring drive, capped by a 10-yard TD pass to Crayton, which gave Dallas a 7-6 advantage with 2:42 remaining in the game; that score would ice the game.
Romo, stat-wise, didn’t stand out, going 15-of-27 for 158 yards with a TD and an interception while Jason Campbell went 24-of-37 for 256 yards with an INT. Marion Barber led the Cowboys rushers with 99 yards on 20 carries while Felix Jones added 49 yards; With Clinton Portis and Ladell Betts out, Rock Cartwright led the Redskins’ attack as he rushed 13 times for 67 yards and caught 7 passes for 73 yards.
Miles Austin led all Cowboys receivers as he caught 4 passes for 47 yards while tight ends Jason Witten and Martellus Bennett caught 5 and 3 passes respectively for 43 yards; in addition to Cartwright’s 7 receptions for 73 yards which led all Redskins receivers, Antwaan Randle El caught 5 passes for 45 yards. Dallas (7-3) gets a short week as they host the Oakland Raiders Thursday while Washington (3-7) travels to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles next Sunday.