Redskins @ Dallas – Fourth Quarter Thoughts

  • The Redskins dodged two bullets before getting that field goal — it really looked like Jon Jansen false started on second down, and the third down pass that bounced off of Santana Moss certainly seemed to hang in the air FOREVER, at least from up here. I’m not thrilled about settling for a field goal, especially since it leaves the lead at less than a touchdown-plus-PAT, but it’s also lucky that they got that much.
  • With Shawn Springs still on the bench with cramps, it appears that responsibility for Terrell Owens has shifted to Carlos Rogers. There have been points in Rogers’s career where that would have sounded like a terrifying prospect, but he’s been playing well lately — and he demonstrated it there, as Dallas went to Owens three straight times, and each time Rogers was the closest defender.
  • Clinton Portis is getting visibly stronger as the game wears on, and the Dallas defense is looking steadily more tired. The temptation is strong to hope that ZOrn continues the aggressive playcalling that’s impressed everyone through the season so far, but it seems unnecessary to move away from the run when it’s doing so well. Ultimately, Zorn agrees, running on third down — and it’s the wrong decision, although it’s all made completely moot by a twelve men on the field penalty against Dallas. I like lateral solutions to problems.
  • The Dallas Cowboys have an official brick. (<a href=”http://www.brick.com/”Acme Brick, if you’re curious.) I’m not sure why I find that any stranger than an official soft drink or official beer or official cheese-filled snack, but I do.
  • TERRIFYING PRESS BOX FACT: Everyone up here seems to be trying to figure out the last time the Redskins went this long without a turnover. It is becoming an obsession. People from various newspapers, Redskins PR staffers, random passers-by … all looking. Short of running onto the field to ask Jason Campbell if he knows the answer, I cannot think of a jinxier thing to do at this precise moment. I desperately wish they would stop.
  • The Durant Brooks Redemption Story adds another brief chapter, as the beleaguered rookie holder pulls down a high snap and gets it in position for Suisham to boot the Skins to a nine point lead.
  • The Redskins special teams looked amazingly fired up before that kickoff, and they looked pretty fired up running down to cover it as well. Chris Horton is performing remarkably in just about every phase of the game.
  • Either the Redskins have shifted back into some sort of ill-advised prevent defense, or the Cowboys were just waiting for the end of the fourth quarter to unveil the effective part of their offense. They’re annihilating the middle of the field, using Jason Witten and Miles Austin, and they’re managing to make me feel very, very tense.
  • Well, that certainly got very exciting toward the end, didn’t it? Miles Austin fantasy owners nationwide are thrilled, but it nearly gave me a heart attack.
  • Fans outside are shouting “We beat the best team in the NFL! What does that make us?!?” Which is probably a bit of overstatement, but that right there is one ENORMOUS win for this football team. I wonder if they’ll move up in all the arbitrary power rankings now.
Advertisements

21 Responses

  1. just got back to catch the end of the game. WooHoo! Way to go, ‘Skins!

  2. Jason Campbell, what a great game!!!

    Coach Zorn called a fantastic game!!!

    And the Washington Redskins players played a great game! Way to keep a rivalry going!!!

    Hail to the Redskins! What a game!!!!

  3. best Game I have seen in a long time and this blog is the best place to say congratulations to the Skins..
    Way to go team !

  4. redskins.com says “Redskins Hold On: Win 26-24″…
    Exactly Correct…Great Win, But On that last Redskins Scoring Drive, they should not have just settled for the field goal…They should not have been afraid to pass, (so long as you don’t try to force a pass in)…get the Touchdown, and make it virtually impossible for Dallas to win…Again GREAT WIN…AND NEXT TIME BEAT DALLAS BY EVEN MORE…PLAY TO WIN…

  5. Who wants to call us the last team in the conference now??? HTTR!

  6. What a brillant win. Loved every minuet of it. Exciting until the very game. Well played Redskins. Jason Cambell again, proved his worth on this team. Coach Zorn- great play calling through out the entire game. So happy to call myself a Redskin fan!

  7. I’m so pumped. Not bad for the 4th best team in the East. The team needs to take it one game at a time, but this is a huge win. our defense can take away whatever we want from a team, and the offense is really clicking. Loved the play calling, and i just can’t say enough about this game.

  8. HTTR! what a game! campbell looked strong. portis is a beast!!

  9. I guess Snyder and Cerrato deserve a little credit now HUH?

    Congrats Skins!

    HTTR!

  10. game of the week i knew since last week we were gonna pic a pass to miles austin it was even sweeter that it was Horton who got it i feel bad for Doughty though he lost his spot HAIL!!!

  11. Sweet jesus. That was beautiful. Nothing like singing Hail to the Redskins as the Cowboys fans run out of the bar…Zorn is the man. This is such a radically different team from the last 4 years (with all due respect to JG).

  12. Ditto – great, great win. Zorn called a great game. So did Blache.

    Best moment of the game – Jerry Jones throwing his fists and forcing his face into a grimace after the onside kick sailed out of bounds. Love that!

  13. Mondays are always better when the Skins beat up on those “boys”. Got to admit I was surprised they played so well. Love you guys!!!

  14. hail to the redskins! nice win

  15. Our defense is tremendously underrated. Maybe they don’t have the best ydg/pts against numbers, but this is 3 weeks in a row now vs quality offenses: NO, AZ, Cowboys and we’ve kept them all in check. I mean was barber shut down? Or was Coach-of-the-world in training Jason Garret an idiot for dropping the run?

  16. MESSAGE 2 ALL cowgirls’ fans: BOO-FREAKING-HOO cowgirls fans! WE WON, YOU LOST!!! Get over yourselves! Did you think you would really go 19-0, or 4-0 at that? Give us OUR RESPECT! WE MANHANDLED YOU FROM THE OUTSET AND TOOK YOU COMPLETELY OUTTA YOUR GAME! BUT HEY, REAL REDSKINS’ FANS THAT THIS DOESN”T MAKE US THE “FAVORITE” (like you cowgirls’ think of yourselves after every W), IT’S JUST ONE MORE STEP UP THE LADDER! AS OF NOW, AND I WANT YOU TO FULLY UNDERSTAND ME SO I’LL TYPE SLOOOOOOW, THE 2008 WASHINGTON REDSKINS ARE BETTER THAN THE 2008 dallas cowgirls! CHEW ON THAT $ H ! T LMMFAO HAIL 2 THE REDSKINS!!!

  17. just let crybaby Owens keep getting shut down he will ruin the cowboys never a team player ….wait for him to implode

  18. maybe he should learn to block and always run his routs like Art Monk

  19. Great job from the coaches and the players i have to tell you guys that I hate the Cowgirls so bad is not even funny. Big-ups to Jason Campbell played a great game and big-ups to the rookies on D-fence great game by everyone. Know the Redskins are the talk of the ESPN crew they deserve some RESPECT!!!. Hey, by the way did anyone see Owens crying at the post game and the media know hes pointing fingers to his QB for not giving him the ball dat is so funny!!! but i dont care cause the COWGIRLS are cybabies. GO SKINS!!!!!!! keep up the good work and know get ready to pull some feathers of the EAGLES!!….

  20. I still can’t believe Owens cried about not getting the ball enough. They threw to him 18 times and pitched it two him twice. I love how he makes a block one game and suddenly he’s a team player. Too bad they play the bungles next week and they don’t have the talent to stop him, or we would see some tears. “l love me some me.”

    I have been saying this for years but springs is underrated around the league. He dominated Owens. HTTR

  21. Man this one is Sweet I can’t find a single cowboys fan here at work today ALL Hail

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: