Tony Romo, meet our rookie super heroes. The one with the beard is called “The Pocono Punisher,” and No. 91 is “Captain America.”
The Redskins defense is sending pressure from all directions on Tony Romo, but credit the secondary for allowing the defense to get two coverage sacks in the second quarter. The first one came from the interior, as Neild mauled Cowboys center Phil Costa en route to his first sack since his breakout two-sack performance against the Giants in Week 1.
Neild now has six-times as many sacks against division opponents as outside linebacker Brian Orakpo. He also has 10-times the facial hair.
Meanwhile, Kerrigan’s front side sack of Romo came against rookie sensation Tyron Smith. This was a match-up to watch coming to the game, and it’s a match-up that Kerrigan got the best of. He has taken over the team-lead in sacks with six, surpassing Orakpo’s 5.5.
Redskins punter Sav Rocca is blowing Cowboys Mat McBriar away in the battle of “Thunder Down Under.” So far McBriar has he’s rattled off four punts with a 50-yard average, including a a 64-yard belter inside the 20. Crikey! As I type this, both he and Tampa Bay’s Michael Koenen also has one punt inside the 20, meaning that the two remained deadlocked for the league lead with 19.
Redskins newbie David Anderson had another big catch this week to set up the Rex Grossman rushing touchdown, and “served” the ball back to the officials like a waiter with a bottle of wine. This man is the master of subtle celebrations.
The Grossman rushing touchdown was only the fourth of his career, and the first since he did it as a member of the Bears, against the Titans on Nov. 9, 2008. This was the first Redskins touchdown in five quarters of football, and the first first-half touchdown since St. Louis in Week 4.
The roar from the crowd was actually a huge sigh of relief.
The follow-up Grossman-Gaffney touchdown was the icing on the first-half cake. Yes, football games are 60 minutes long, but this is the first lead by a Redskins team since Week 4. It’s been a long time since Redskins fans could cheer for their team coming off the field, and the boys in Burgundy and Gold got a standing ovation at halftime.
Redskins are ahead at the half: Washington 14, Dallas 10.
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