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Dallas Holds Off Redskins for a 2-0 start

Discussion in 'Game Summaries & Team News' started by CaptMoe, Nov 15, 2013.

  1. CaptMoe

    CaptMoe Walk On

    Jul 27, 2012
    A tale of two games. Both of them classic battles between two long-time rivals. The difference was the adjustments made by the Cowboys in Game 2.

    The first game ended with Dallas having just scored to make it 28-24 in favor of the Redskins. Despite an early INT, QB J. Echavaria was on fire, throwing for 3 TDs. But RGIII was just as hot. Burning the Dallas defense for multiple scores as the secondary struggled to keep the Washington WRs in front of them.

    Game 2 would start in similar fashion with Dallas jumping out to an early lead. The difference being a FG instead of a TD. The Redskins' defense adjusted and suddenly had D. Murray under wrap. Dallas' WRs were also suffering from a case of the drops. The teams did exchange rushing TDs and with :49 left in the half, Dallas would get the ball back leading 10-7 and holding 3 time outs. In game 1, Dallas had a similar situation only to have Echavaria make a critical mistake and give Washington the ball back in great field position. This time around, he avoided the costly mistake. He drove the offense down and with :11 on the clock, he found D. Harris cutting thru the secondary. Harris caught the ball and put his return skills to use, avoiding tacklers and running thru another to score the TD and give Dallas a 17-7 lead at the half.

    The teams would exchange passing TDs in the 3rd qtr. And in the 4th, with Dallas up 24-17, Echavaria would put together another masterful drive, converting a few 3rd downs none bigger than a 3rd and 10 completion to T. Williams, who 2 seasons ago was the #3 WR only to see Harris out play him. Now the #4 WR, he came up big, catching a 7yd pass and muscling his way for the 1st down to give the offense new life. D. Murray would score his 2nd TD of the game to make it 31-17 Dallas with 2:47 left. From there, the Cowboy defense stepped it up, bringing the heat and smothering the WRs to secure the win and keep RGIII in check.

    The Redskins were ready to lock down D. Bryant. But Echavaria made them pay by hitting 6 other receivers. On defense, though they didn't force any turnovers, they did come up with 8 sacks and that pressure was the difference in this game. Dallas, now 2-0, will head on the road to face the Ravens. The Redskins drop to 0-2 and will stay on the road in St. Louis.

    GG Jon!!!
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