Monday, September 13, 2010

Redskins Hold Off Cowboys in 13-7 Thriller

Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall (TOP) and linebacker Rocky McIntosh tackle Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin during the first half of their NFL game in Landover, Maryland, September 12, 2010. REUTERS/Jason Reed  (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

The Mike Shanahan era is off to a good start with a game plan that was not brilliant, but an astute use of the talent on the team, especially the defense. Dallas gained 282 passing yards and a touchdown, and 103 rushing yards, but the Redskins brought pressure to kill drives (five of 13 third downs converted) and disrupt plays. The Skins front seven exploited the Cowboys offensive line. Tony Romo handled that pressure to give Dallas its first lead as time ran out, only to see it evaporate when back-up OT Alex Barron couldn't handle Brian Orakpo.

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