Special teams spark the Cowboys to 31-16 win over the Redskins

Redskins vs. Cowboys

Oct 13, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dwayne Harris (17) returns a punt

This game was not the offensive contest that some thought it might be.  Both defenses kept the offenses pretty much in check.  But the Dallas Cowboys special teams were the difference in the game.  Cowboys Kick returner Dwayne Harris had an 86 yard punt return for a touchdown, and had a long kick return to set up a Tony Romo touchdown pass to Terrence Williams in the third quarter.

Even though the Cowboys lost running back DeMarco Murray and defensive end DeMarcus Ware to injuries in the first half of the game, they were still able to hold off the Redskins.  At one point in the second half it seemed as though the Redskins had taken control of the game.  Especially after a 45 yard touchdown run by Alfred Morris in the third quarter.

 

Redskins vs. Cowboys

Kyle Wilber (51) and defensive end George Selvie (99) sack Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III

But the Cowboys defense stiffened up and created two turnovers by Redskins QB Robert Griffin III.  One fumble off a sack by Kyle Wilber, which resulted in a Joseph Randle touchdown, and the other an interception by  Orlando Scandrick in the end zone, after receiver Satana Moss fell on his route.

The Redskins defense played well again for the second straight game, but the their offense was erratic.  The Cowboys defense played well, especially the secondary, as cornerback Brandon Carr kept Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon in check for most of the game, and they got good pass rushing from Jason Hatcher after Ware went down.

Redskins QB Robert Griffin III ran the ball his best all season, but he couldn’t get the passing game going.  In the end, the biggest thing that helped Dallas win was their special teams, and the Cowboys win moves them to 3-3 on the season and tied for the division lead with the Philadelphia Eagles, while the Redskins fall to 1-4.

 

 

 

Topics: Redskins Vs. Cowboys, Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

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