Dan Bailey drilled a 54-yard margin idea to give a Dallas Cowboys a 19-16 victory over a Washington Redskins on Monday night. Here’s what we need to know:
1. A 46-yard Lucky Whitehead kickoff lapse enabled a game-winning margin goal, bailing a Cowboys out for bad time management. DeSean Jackson’s gross punt-return fumble gave Dallas a possibility to tighten out a diversion with a chip-shot margin goal, though Darren McFadden found a finish section too quickly, permitting Jackson to atone with a 28-yard touchdown over Morris Claiborne with 49 seconds remaining. Following Whitehead’s return, Matt Cassel indispensable usually a span of brief passes to strech Bailey’s range. The Redskins missed a primary event to take authority of a division. There is now a three-way tie atop a NFC East, with Dallas usually a diversion behind.
2. While it’s tantalizing to rebuke a uselessness of both offenses, a Cowboys’ invulnerability deserves credit for a stellar performance. DeMarcus Lawrence non-stop a game’s initial array with a span of sacks and after pressed Matt Jones for a detriment on third-and-short. Linebacker Sean Lee was all over a field, racking adult a dozen tackles and a pouch of his own. For a seventh time in 8 games though Tony Romo, a Cowboys were tied or in a lead in a fourth quarter. That’s a covenant to Rod Marinelli’s defense.
3. The Cowboys competence be usually a diversion out of initial place, though usually 3 teams have fewer wins during a season’s three-quarter mark. Cassel has managed usually dual touchdown drives in his final 9 quarters. One of those “drives” started on a opponents’ 15-yard line. Dez Bryant was hold though a locate until late in a third quarter. Darren McFadden has averaged a insignificant 3.2 yards per lift over a past month. In other words, this attainment doesn’t change a fact that a offense is dysfunctional.
Since Romo won a starting pursuit in 2006, a Cowboys are 78-49 (.614) with him in a lineup and 7-16 (.304) though him. They have usually themselves to censure for a apocalyptic straits on offense. Owner Jerry Jones emphasized a importance of a peculiarity backup quarterback when he handed Kyle Orton a $5 million signing reward in 2012. After a coaches spent a offseason convincing themselves that Brandon Weeden was a team’s most softened player, Jones doubled down in September, vehemence that “you won’t see a some-more means passer.” For all of that hyperbole, Weeden was afforded usually 3 starts before he was benched for an underwhelming Cassel — and eventually dumped a month later. If Jones believed his register was clever adequate to contend this season, he should have upgraded behind Romo. He knows better.
4. Jason Witten became a second actor this week to reach 1,000 career catches, fasten Larry Fitzgerald. How considerable is Witten’s feat? Among active parsimonious ends, Antonio Gates (827) is a usually one within 400 catches of Witten. Not bad for a actor who began his college career as a defensive end.
5. The Redskins squandered a plain bid from a invulnerability that forced 3 fumbles and came by with an considerable goal-line mount in a center of a fourth quarter. Although Cousins deserves credit for a game-tying touchdown expostulate in a one-minute drill, he and a descent line spent most of a diversion impressed by Marinelli’s stunts and blitzes. With initial place on a line contra a weaker opponent, a offense simply fell short. An imminent giveaway agent, Cousins has a four-game window to remonstrate a Redskins that he’s improved than he showed on Monday night.