The Cowboys vs Redskins score was fairly low last night. In fact, the Cowboys vs Redskins score was defined by mistakes more than offense. The Redskins vs Cowboys showdown was expected to have high scoring, with Donovan McNabb’s Washington debut and Tony Romo’s weapons coming back. Instead, McNabb was largely shut down, while Romo could not get many points on the board. However, Romo appeared to get points at the last second to win the game – but the Cowboys vs Redskins score stayed 13-7 Washington, due to a huge penalty.
Despite being shut down for much of the game, Romo led a last minute drive to get Dallas in the red zone. But after two failed shots at the end zone, Romo had only one shot left. He took it by finding a wide open Roy Williams for a touchdown, which would have tied the game and left Dallas an extra point away from the victory.
Yet the Cowboys vs Redskins score did not change, because of a blatant hold by Dallas lineman Alex Barron on Washington’s Brian Orakpo. It was Barron’s second hold on Orakpo, but this one ended the game, and secured Washington’s 13-7 victory.
The final Cowboys vs Redskins score gave Washington the win, but Dallas may have lost the game more than the Redskins won it. The only touchdown for Washington came on a fumble at the end of the first half, when Dallas likely should have kneeled down. Instead, Tashard Choice fumbled, and DeAngelo Hall returned it for a score to make it 10-0 Washington.
Dallas didn’t get on the board until late in the third quarter, when Miles Austin finally caught a touchdown. The Cowboys vs Redskins score stayed 10-7, until Washington converted a 49-yard field goal with under two minutes left.
This set up a final drive in which the Cowboys converted a long fourth down late, as poor Redskins’ coverage left Austin wide open. But just when Dallas looked set to escape, they shot themselves one last time.
The Washington debuts of Mike Shanahan and Donovan McNabb were overshadowed by defense, and costly mistakes. McNabb only went 15-for-32 and didn’t lead any touchdown drives, yet the defense bailed him out. Despite being overshadowed by the Albert Haynesworth mess, the Washington defense emerged from the turmoil to play a starring role.
As for Dallas, the Cowboys vs Redskins score showed that their quest to play in the Super Bowl at Cowboys Stadium won’t be easy. Without discipline, it will be downright impossible, although they could barely get going in mistake-free periods. Romo and Austin still had flashes of brilliance, especially near the end, but their best efforts were negated.
Dallas now hopes to have their home opener go better next week against Chicago, while Washington’s quest for a comeback will get no easier against Houston.
Washington Post- “Keys to Redskins’ 13-7 victory over Cowboys”
CBS Sports- “Redskins defense uses ingenuity, intuition, to stymie Cowboys”