Well, that new 3 – 4 defense is pretty suspect at this point. The Cowboys have been gaining yardage in chunks, and are quietly winning the field position battle so far. However, their red zone woes have continued, as they couldn’t score on either first quarter trip into Redskins’ territory. To add insult to injury, the Cowboys’ kicker missed a short field goal after Graham Gano made his first attempt for the ‘Skins.
The Redskins’ offense looks a bit out of sync, which is not surprising. The offensive line will need half-a-dozen games to begin to gel and know each others’ tendencies. Add to that the fact McNabb wasn’t able to work with the first team offense as much as he would have liked during preseason, and it stands to reason the Redskins will look shaky on offense. Regardless, it’s the defense I’m worried about.
Haslett needs to make some serious adjustments at halftime, as the Cowboys are protecting their offensive line by mixing up their play calls and executing very effectively. Of course, it doesn’t help that the Redskins are over-running plays and not tackling very well until the Cowboys get near the Skins’ 20.
One other thought – Albert Haynesworth looks very upset, pacing and apparently brooding on the sidelines. It will be interesting to hear what he has to say after the game, if anything.
Back to the action. The Cowboys just got a first down on their own 45.