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#WASvsDAL: Halftime Summations

Posted by Andrew Walker on November 22, 2012 – 6:06 pm

(AP photo)

The second quarter of today’s game between the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys began with a boom: a 68-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Robert Griffin III to wide receiver Aldrick Robinson. It was the third huge passing touchdown play by Griffin III in two weeks, as he also had two bombs last Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

It wasn’t the last of the Redskins’ fireworks this quarter.

At halftime, the Redskins lead the Cowboys, 28-3.

The Redskins continued their drive from the end of the first quarter:

– Running Alfred Morris kept things going with a 10-yard rush up the middle. Great blocking on the play by fullback Darrel Young, and Morris made a couple defenders miss, as well.
– The next play was a home run for the Redskins. Griffin III found Robinson wide open for a 68-yard bomb touchdown. Robinson was wide open, just as he was in his long touchdown catch last Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Redskins used a play action zone read to freeze the safety on the play, which is why Robinson was so open. The Cowboys are obviously worried about Griffin III and the Redskins’ read option game.

13:57: Redskins 7, Cowboys 3
Drive summary: Five plays, 93 yards, 2:57

The Cowboys began the ensuing drive from their own 24-yard line.

– They faced a 3rd and 5 three plays later when Romo dropped back and found wide receive Cole Beasley, who made a one-handed catch across the middle for nine yards and the first down. The Redskins’ defense is surely hoping these struggles on third down don’t continue.
– Dallas faced another 3rd down — this time with three yards to go — when Romo found receiver Dez Bryant for an 11-yard completion. But cornerback Josh Wilson — who tripped on the play in coverage initially — forced a fumble, which was recovered by Redskins safety DeJon Gomes.

Huge stop there, especially after the huge touchdown from Griffin III to Robinson. Wilson has given up a few big plays this year, but really has had a solid season. The Redskins began their next drive from the Dallas 49-yard line:

– Morris got things started with a six-yard carry on the first play. Is this going to be a trend?
– The Cowboys picked the right guy — Morris — on the read option on the next play, which went for two yards. On 3rd and 2, Griffin III found wide receiver Santana Moss, who made a tough catch for nine yards and the first down.
– Morris — and on first down — cut his way in for another seven yards on the ensuing play, which led to a quick slant pass to Pierre Garcon for 19 yards to the Dallas six-yard line. On the next play, cornerback Brandon Carr was flagged for pass interference in the end zone on receiver Leonard Hankerson.
– The penalty set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Morris — his sixth of the season.

It’s fair to say that, to this point, the Redskins have continued their offensive momentum from last week’s 31-6 win over the Eagles. I can’t imagine being a Dallas defender and playing the guessing game with Griffin III taking the snaps. Morris is knifing up the defense and has 40 yards on 10 carries.

7:00: Redskins 14, Cowboys 3
Drive summary: Six plays, 49 yards, 3:37

The Cowboys began their next drive at their own 16-yard line:

– They faced a 3rd and 5 after two quick plays, and Romo tried to find Beasley again for a one-handed play — but this time it didn’t happen. Cornerback DeAngelo Hall was all over it, forcing the incompletion.

Another quality response by the Redskins’ defense here. Good tackling by outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan and middle linebacker Perry Riley on the first two plays.

The Redskins began the ensuing drive from their own 29-yard line:

– After Griffin III was sacked for a loss of one yard by Anthony Spencer and Morris ran for seven yards, the Redskins faced a 3rd and 4 with the Cowboys’ home crowd getting loud. Griffin III ignored the noise and found Banks , who got eight yards on the reception and the first down.
– On the next play, Griffin III tried another screen pass to Joshua Morgan. Morgan made the catch, but was lit up by cornerback Morris Claiborne for a loss of two yards. The Cowboys’ first-round selection in this year’s NFL Draft was all over that one.
– Griffin III and the Redskins didn’t let the negative play bother them. The next play was simply a 59-yard touchdown from Griffin III to Garcon, who fought his way into the end zone before being accosted by cornerback Mike Jenkins, who shoved Garcon well after he had gotten into the end zone. Jenkins was flagged for a personal foul.

What a catch by Garcon. That’s all that needs to be said.

2:25: Redskins 21, Cowboys 3
Drive summary: Five plays, 71 yards, 3:01

The Cowboys began their next drive from their 20-yard line:

– On the first play, Romo passed to Beasley for four yards, where he was met by a solid tackle by cornerback Cedric Griffin. Griffin has showed at times he can fly around the field and be a positive playmaker for the Redskins’ defense.
– After the two-minute warning, the Cowboys went with their no-huddle offense. But their drive came to a screetching Halt when Romo was picked off by Hall, who was covering Beasley. Hall returned the ball 27 yards to the Cowboys’ 33-yard line.

What a killer play by Hall. The Cowboys were doing pretty well with their no-huddle offense to that point, but, needing a stopper, Hall was happy to oblige.

The Redskins began the drive from the Dallas 33-yard line:

– After a Griffin III run for no gain, he found Morgan — who made another great catch — for an 11-yard gain to the 22-yard line. These Redskins receivers have really showed some focus today, which is refreshing after the game against the Steelers, where Redskins’ pass catchers dropped more than 10 passes.
– Griffin III, working in the pistol formation, handed off to Morris on the next play, a handy little read option. Morris got 16 yards to set up a 1st and Goal from the six. The Cowboys’ defense is lost. Plain and simple.
– With five seconds left on the clock, Griffin III found Moss for a nifty six-yard touchdown catch. It was all-timing by the quarterback and receiver; Moss turned around and the ball was right in his hands. He showed terrific focus to catch the ball and take one step in the end zone and then tap his other toe for the touchdown.

0:05: Redskins 28, Cowboys 3
Drive summary: 4 plays, 33 yards, 0:25

This half couldn’t have gone better for the Redskins. They are absolutely bringing it to the Cowboys. Offense, defense — you name it. The Cowboys are lost on defense and have two drive-killing turnovers on offense.

CHIME IN: What are your thoughts from the first half of action of today’s game? Feel free to comment below.

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One Response to “#WASvsDAL: Halftime Summations”

  1. By Glenn Darr on Nov 22, 2012 | Reply

    I have believed that the offense could be this good. If the defense can play the 2nd half, the Skins will have a great win in Dallas!!!!! GO SKINS!!!!! I now live in Arizona and it is good to be able to see the Redskins on TV.

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