In a NFC East divisional battle on Sunday evening, the Dallas Cowboys were able to put away the Washington Redskins by a final score of 31-16 inside AT&T Stadium. With the win, the Cowboys move to 3-3 on the year and are tied with the Philadelphia Eagles atop the East, setting up a pivotal battle between the two next weekend. The Redskins continued their struggles on the year and have now dropped to 1-4, and they’ll welcome in the Chicago Bears into FedEx Field next Sunday.
The Redskins actually out-gained the Cowboys by a large margin on the offensive side of the ball, totaling 433 yards to Dallas’ 213.
But in the end, numbers aside, the Cowboys made the plays when it mattered to get them into the end zone and get the points.
Dallas took an early lead with just under nine minutes left in the first quarter on a four-yard touchdown by DeMarco Murray. Then, with about two minutes left in the first half, the Cowboys’ special teams kicked in their part as Dwayne Harris took a punt 86 yards to the house for a score.
While Tony Romo wasn’t near on the level he was last week, which was near impossible for him to accomplish, he was solid enough to lead this offense to the victory going 18-of-30 for 170 yards with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Terrence Williams with about nine minutes left in the third.
As for the Redskins, the struggles continue, especially on offense and for their star QB, Robert Griffin III.
Griffin did look a littler better at times, showing some flashes of his brilliance that captured the nation last season, but he’s still nowhere near being back to that level of play, and it clearly showed tonight. The former Heisman winner was 19-of-39 for 248 yards with no scoring tosses and an interception. At times, it just seems as if his mechanics are all over the place, something the coaching staff will more than likely have a long, hard look at in the next few days to come.
Running back Alfred Morris was the lone Redskin to find the end zone in this one, a 45-yard scamper late in the third, which actually cut the lead to 21-16 at the time, and seemed to have Washington back in this one with a chance to pull off the win on the road.
Those hopes were quickly dashed, though, with a Dan Bailey FG early in the fourth for Dallas and then a one-yard Joseph Randle touchdown run nearly two minutes later, sealing the deal for the Cowboys at home.