Defensive grade analysis for the Redskins vs. Cowboys
Defensive Line: The Redskins defense gave up only 48 yards rushing to the Cowboys and the defensive line played a big part in that effort. Even though Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray left the game early with an injury, their reserve backs didn’t have much effect on the game either. The D-line also helped to put pressure QB Tony Romo as well, which contributed to a mediocre performance through the air by the Cowboys QB. D-Line Grade - B+
Linebackers: ILB London Fletcher had his best game of the season, as he helped keep Cowboys TE Jason Witten in check, and he was also very good against the run. His partner inside Perry Riley had a good game too, as he recorded a sack on Tony Romo, and was excellent in pass coverage. OLB’s Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo had quiet but effective games, as Romo gets the ball out too quickly for them to rack up sacks consistently, and Rob Jackson returned off suspension with an interception off Romo. Linebackers grade: A
- Defensive backs:
- Cornerback DeAngelo Hall had another strong game. The veteran helped keep Cowboys WR Dez Bryant from breaking loose and was sound against the run as well. The other corner Josh Wilson played well at times, but missed a crucial sack on Romo, that resulted in a touchdown pass to Terrence Williams. The safeties Brandon Meriweather and Reed Doughty played well against the run and didn’t give up anything deep.
- Defensive backs grade – A
- Total Defense Grade: A
- The Redskins defense played well enough to win the game. Dallas came in as one of top offenses in the league and the Redskins defense kept them in check the entire game. But Dallas scored points off of turnovers and kick returns that the defense really had no control over.