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Redskins vs. Cowboys – Second Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on December 27, 2009 – 10:02 pm

Well, it didn’t get any better. At least, not much. In fact, I would say that there was only one time the Redskins put together a string of consecutive positive plays. There were three of them, and here they are:
1) On first-and-10 with Dallas having just crossed back into Redskins territory, moving the ball and looking primed to score again, the Cowboys made the bizarre decision to run a reverse to Miles Austin. Chris Wilson read it properly, pursued it well, and blew it up for a thirteen yard loss.

2) Next play, second-and-23, Tony Romo’s deep pass intended for Roy Williams is either broken up by Carlos Rogers (if you’re feeling optimistic) or bounces off Williams’ hand (if you’re familiar with Williams’ performance this year). Despite a valiant effort by Justin Tryon to break up the potential turnover in classic 2009 Redskins style, Reed Doughty makes his first career interception. Just to make sure it’s not all positive, Doughty suffers a severe-looking ankle injury on the play and is taken from the sidelines on a cart.

3) Flush with success, the Redskins take over in Cowboys territory and promptly give up a 14-yard sack-fumble. This might not seem like a huge positive, but Jim Zorn challenged the fumble … successfully.

End positive sequence of plays. Yes, that’s right: I’m calling a tackle-for-loss, interception, successful challenge a “positive sequence of plays”. It’s been that kind of game.

Other positive plays: Lorenzo Alexander makes a great tackle on the punt return after the offense stalls following the successful challenge, and the Cowboys mismanage the two-minute drill badly enough that the halftime lead remains at 14-0.

This has not been pleasant to watch.

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