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ARLINGTON — The Cowboys lost two key players to injury in the first half Sunday.

Who would have guessed that losing DeMarco Murray could ever be a bigger deal than losing DeMarcus Ware?

With the offense stalled for much of the night and too heavily reliant upon the returns of Dwayne Harris to generate points, the much maligned Cowboys defense was on call.

The unit rose to the occasion with two huge fourth-quarter turnovers that led Dallas to a 31-16 victory over Washington at AT&T Stadium.

The Cowboys retained a share of first place in the NFC East, setting the stage for a showdown of rare 3-3 leaders next Sunday in Philadelphia. And the big plays that sealed the win came from a pair of unlikely sources.

Dallas does not have a lot to show for its 2012 draft right now in terms of playmakers.

Cowboys fans are eternally grateful that fourth-round pick Kyle Wilber is here.

The defensive end from Wake Forest, filling in at right end for the injured Ware, sacked Robert Griffin III early in the fourth quarter and stripped the ball from the former Heisman winner, recovering at Washington’s three-yard line. Joseph Randle’s touchdown run two plays later elevated the Cowboys’ lead to 31-16.

Wilber was still making plays near the end of the night including a third-down stop of

Roy Helu to keep Washington from sustaining a late drive. Does Wilber have even more plays in his future?

The Cowboys better hope so.

The right quad injury Ware suffered in the first half Sunday — one that had him in street clothes after halftime — is the fourth injury he has sustained in six games this season.

“When DeMarcus Ware goes out, that impacts your football team,” coach Jason Garrett said. “We’ve had a lot of different bodies coming in on the defensive line, and those players have really stepped up.”

After Wilber’s fumble helped create a 15-point cushion, there was still plenty of time for the Redskins to attack. Griffin drove the team down the field and was moving into scoring range with over five minutes to go when his deep throw in the right corner of the end zone found the only man in the vicinity — cornerback Orlando Scandrick.

Scandrick is all that remains of the 2008 draft. Those taken ahead of the fifth-round pick who had varying levels of production while here — primarily running back Felix Jones, cornerback Mike Jenkins and tight end Martellus Bennett — have moved on.

Scandrick it seems has gone from the seemingly overpaid nickel cornerback to the guy this unit desperately needs to make up for Morris Claiborne’s spotty play. Scandrick’s interception all but ruled out any magic in the way of an RG III comeback Sunday night as the Redskins fell to 1-4.

A year ago Washington swept Dallas as part of a seven-game winning streak that propelled the Redskins to the NFC East title. Washington rookie Alfred Morris was every bit as dangerous as Griffin in those games, rushing for 313 yards and four touchdowns against Dallas in the sweep.

Morris managed Washington’s only touchdown on a 45-yard run when he escaped through the middle of the defense and cut back against the grain in the third quarter. But for the night he was limited to 81 yards on 16 carries.

Griffin combined for 323 yards (246 passing and 77 while running better than anticipated) but the Cowboys defense kept him and his receivers out of the end zone along with securing the two badly needed turnovers.

At the very least we know Monte Kiffin’s defense is a work in progress and that progress can be made. A unit that allowed three of five quarterbacks to throw for more than 400 yards kept Griffin (who threw for at least 320 in each of Washington’s first three games) far below that mark.

Needless to say it’s a group that still needs work. Safety Barry Church took two 15-yard penalties for tackling Griffin out of bounds on one occasion and hitting him in the head out of bounds on another.

But a team can live with mistakes when it’s showing a propensity for making plays. Two turnovers and three sacks help atone for the fact that the Cowboys allowed Washington 433 yards.

And while that’s too many yards, any time a team creates just one touchdown from such a bounty, it’s an indication of a failing offense or an opportunistic defense. Moving forward, the Cowboys are counting on this having been a coming out party for the latter.
Hawk

I kept saying during the game the defense sucks. But in the end they bailed our *** out.

Harris and the defense won the game last night, plain and simple. The injuries are starting to mount up again just like last year. I guess the Cowboys will have to go shopping again.
BevoMav

A very strange game indeed.

The defense saved the day, but then I looked at the stats and holy Emmit Smith..Offense was out gained 218 to 217 by Harris. Defense gave up nearly 500 yards, including over 200 rushing?

The offense looked like it might score 50 after the first series. Then the Skins went all in on a pass rush and Romo had no time to throw. 17-30 for 170 and a QB rating of 69, and they win? First time I can remember Romo having a bad game and them losing..

Then...I read this morning that Romo has thrown for under 200 yards and their record in those game is 7-4. Romo has thrown for over 400 four times and they are 0-4. Go figure?

Special teams: Harris was a one man wrecking crew. Only the third player in NFL history to have a punt and kickoff return over 85 yards. Then he goes out and makes a couple of tackles..Take that Devin Hester. Harris has already been ST player of the week once, now twice.

Now comes the Eagles and we also play 4 of 5 on the road. Back to back on road..then MinnySoda..then back to back on road again..Yikes..
Hawk

BevoMav wrote:
A very strange game indeed.

The defense saved the day, but then I looked at the stats and holy Emmit Smith..Offense was out gained 218 to 217 by Harris. Defense gave up nearly 500 yards, including over 200 rushing?

The offense looked like it might score 50 after the first series. Then the Skins went all in on a pass rush and Romo had no time to throw. 17-30 for 170 and a QB rating of 69, and they win? First time I can remember Romo having a bad game and them losing..

Then...I read this morning that Romo has thrown for under 200 yards and their record in those game is 7-4. Romo has thrown for over 400 four times and they are 0-4. Go figure?

Special teams: Harris was a one man wrecking crew. Only the third player in NFL history to have a punt and kickoff return over 85 yards. Then he goes out and makes a couple of tackles..Take that Devin Hester. Harris has already been ST player of the week once, now twice.

Now comes the Eagles and we also play 4 of 5 on the road. Back to back on road..then MinnySoda..then back to back on road again..Yikes..


I still remember Herschel Walker when he came back....having 2 plays over 90yrds for TDs......will never forget that. Great stats....you are the stat man.

It makes you wonder how good can these guys be, if they ever have a complete game?
Hawk

Bevomav quote:


I tried to watch NBC online but the delay was horrible. On one series I read a comment on Twitter about Tony and Miles Austin not hooking up. I had no idea what the hell they were talking about but (4) plays later Romo missed Austin on a slant.


Then later you commented about the defense actually getting a stop. When you posted this the Redskins were not on the field to start the drive. I have never heard of  such a delay.

The other problem is I had to watch the TV and could not post and do that. I gave my laptop to my sister, so all I have is my desktop. Damn shame because I love to watch the game and post at the same time.

Next project is a new laptop. Not a used piece of **** a new one.

The Dallas game was weird. Sklnis had over 200 rushing yards? Never seen such empty rushing yards, and we admit that Sean Lee is one of the top LB in the game? Guy was everywhere. Marinelli was frigging awesome with the no name DLinemen.

He stays pissed off and I love it. When he got that penality for cussing out the refs, you could read his lips in the headset, "**** em, I don't care." Got to be greatness to play for such a coach?

Oh well..sees ya later
BevoMav

Hawk wrote:
Bevomav quote:


I tried to watch NBC online but the delay was horrible. On one series I read a comment on Twitter about Tony and Miles Austin not hooking up. I had no idea what the hell they were talking about but (4) plays later Romo missed Austin on a slant.


Then later you commented about the defense actually getting a stop. When you posted this the Redskins were not on the field to start the drive. I have never heard of  such a delay.

The other problem is I had to watch the TV and could not post and do that. I gave my laptop to my sister, so all I have is my desktop. Damn shame because I love to watch the game and post at the same time.

Next project is a new laptop. Not a used piece of **** a new one.

The Dallas game was weird. Sklnis had over 200 rushing yards? Never seen such empty rushing yards, and we admit that Sean Lee is one of the top LB in the game? Guy was everywhere. Marinelli was frigging awesome with the no name DLinemen.

He stays pissed off and I love it. When he got that penality for cussing out the refs, you could read his lips in the headset, "**** em, I don't care." Got to be greatness to play for such a coach?

Oh well..sees ya later


I have a degree in Business with a minor in Accounting. I have always been facinated by statistics. They are a tool and should never be used alone. In context they will tell a story, alone they are nothing but numbers.

Still over the long haul, they tell a story. The greatest players who ever played also had greats stats.
Hawk

A funny thing....maybe a lot of funny thiings lol....nobody here cares what your skills are or your degrees....maybe that's a good thing lol.

I have a Belizean friend who watched the Cowboys game....just because we are friends. He didn't have a clue what was going on, but said it was violent.....I had to laugh...I told him hey buddy it wasn't pretty but the Cowboys kicked ***.

Its also funny we win and no Adam or Zigo....whats up with that ?
Nightrider

DeMarcus Ware - DL - Cowboys
Appearing on FOX Football Daily, Jay Glazer reported DeMarcus Ware (quad) is only expected to miss one or two games.

Glazer reported that it's not even a certainty Ware misses Week 7 against the Eagles, though the team plans to be more cautious with Ware than DeMarco Murray (MCL). ESPN's Adam Schefter reported earlier in the day that Ware will miss 3-4 weeks with the strained quad. It's possible Ware is dealing with just a minor strain. Consider him more week-to-week than "out indefinitely.

I'm trying to figure out if he was even missed against the Skins?

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