Welcome back, safety LaRon Landry, it’s been a long, lonely 10 months without you.
Landry got involved early tonight, combining to stop running back Felix Jones on the Cowboys first play from scrimmage. He backed that up with a solo tackle on third play. He talked all week about how excited he was to go out and hit something. I think he just expressed that to Jones too, at least by way of body language.
On the second defensive campaign, he introduced himself to Cowboys receiver Kevin Ogletree. Skip the name, skip the handshake, just move straight to hugs. Reaching around from behind, Landry punched the ball out of Ogletree’s arm for the sixth forced fumble of his career. Moments later, Josh Wilson emerged from the chaos with the sixth fumble recovery of his career.
Landry was listed as questionable on the latest injury report. Wilson was listed as probable. They’re probably causing questions on the Cowboys sidelines at the moment.
The dominant defense was coupled with some success on offense in the first frame as well.
The Redskins ran wild on the first drive of the game. Brandon Banks ran it back 23 yards. Hightower ran it to the left for four yards. Chris Cooley ran it up the middle for three yards. Then, when the drive ran out of steam, the Redskins ran out the kicker for a 46-yard field goal.
It was a historic drive for Redskins tight end/fullback/H-back/rock star Chris Cooley. His rush up the middle was the first of his career, and came in the form of a fullback hand-off. On the very next play, No. 47 was open over the middle, as he has been 422 other times in his career. This catch moved him into sole-possession of 19th all-time for an NFL tight end, surpassing Jay Novacek.
How the respective teams utilize their respective tight ends, figures to be a storyline all night. The Redskins have gone with three tight ends on multiple occasions, with Cooley lining up all over the field. On the other side of the ball, the Redskins have matched Cowboys tight end Jason Witten with the likes of Oshiomogho Atogwe and Kevin Barnes. In 14 career games against the Redskins, Witten has 69 receptions for 785 yards and 4 touchdowns. Stopping him goes a long way towards getting the Cowboys offense off the field.
The Redskins are ahead at the end of the first quarter for the first time all season, tacking on a Gano 27-yard chip shot for the 6-3 lead.
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