10.14.2013 / Blog Posts Redskins
Stephen Czarda, Redskins Staff Blogger
On Sunday, the Washington Redsikns dropped to 1-4 on the season, losing to archrival Dallas Cowboys 31-16.
Each week the Redskins are stonewalled by a different facet of the game. The first week of the season it was the offense’s first half struggle, the second it was the defense’s inability to contain the quarterback, against the Lions in Week 3 it was penalties and turnovers and last night it was special teams.
In a game where the Redskins outgained the Cowboys by 220 yards, the game turned into a special teams battle that the Cowboys won easily.
Late in the second quarter, Cowboys returner Dwayne Harris found a seam on a punt return and took it to the house for an 86-yard return.
Then in the third quarter, Harris fielded a kickoff deep in his own end zone and quickly churned out a 90-yard return. Two plays later, quarterback Tony Romo connected with rookie wide receiver Terrance Williams for a touchdown.
Kicker Kai Forbath, seeing his first action since Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles, hit three of his four field goal attempts. His miss, a 49-yard attempt, would have made it a one possession game had he booted it through the uprights. Instead, the Cowboys made the most of the miscue, marching down the field and successfully converting their own field goal attempt.
Offensively, the Redskins had their most success to date with the read-option. Capitalizing on the Cowboys’ previous struggles against the option attack, Robert Griffin III had a season-high 77 rushing yards and Alfred Morris scored on a career-long 45-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. While showing more fluidity with his legs, Griffin III struggled in the passing game at times, hitting on only 19 of his 39 passing attempts.
It was only the second time in his career that his completion percentage was below 50 percent.
While the box score shows the Cowboys scored 31, the defense continually frustrated the offense. Coming off a game where they scored 48 points, the defense held Romo to only 170 yards and gave up only 2.5 yards per carry on 19 carries.
The Redskins return to FedExField this Sunday to take on the Chicago Bears. Chicago (4-2) is coming off a victory over the New York Giants on Thursday Night Football.
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