Sep 20, 2005, 4:39 AM EDT
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What was the point of a pass to Robert Royal just past the line of scrimmage on second and 11? He’s not going anywhere if he catches it. Ditto to the pass to Portis on the next play. Junk offense—no power, no finesse, no nothing.
It’s now 13-0. Feel free to make a play, Washington offense. For that matter, feel free to show up. They’re making an ordinary team look great. They’re playing scared on offense. Not conservative, not safe, but scared.
Again, some good offense completely by accident. A good scramble by Brunell on third and 27 and then a pass to Thrash, who the Cowboys neglected to cover at all got the first.
It may be too late, but the Redskins finally score. I find it hard to believe that this is the first opportunity to get Moss open for a touchdown. Good pass, on the money by Brunell. He can throw the deeper ball. They finally play to win, but it’s too late.
I’ll say it may be too late, it’s probably too late. They need another TD to win and they have two timeouts with a shade under 4 minutes to play. If they make a play, just one or two, they can pull it out. Jones has gotten nowhere on the ground, but Dallas’ OC Payton seems to be a step ahead of Williams when it comes to the key moments. We will see.
A holding call bails out the Redskins. Again, we will see.
We saw, big time. Aggressive offense. A bomb to Moss on first down from the 30. Wow.
Not to complain, but where was that earlier?
Defense comes through again. There’s nothing else to say besides, again, wow!
For a finishing touch, they get Gibbs with the Gatorade bucket, a celebratory gesture invented by Parcells’ Giants teams. Son of a gun.
No, one more finishing touch. As I’m about to put this blog to bed, a spam email comes in: YOU ARE A WINNER!!! Appropriate, very appropriate.
Whichever team gets a running game going will win the game.
With his third catch, Robert Royal has two more catches than Moss and three more than Patten. Another three and out.
Dallas shows some guts in play calling and it pays off with the flea-flicker for a touchdown. The Redskins bit hard. At some point, the Cowboys might, too. We’ll see if the Redskins get a little more aggressive when trailing by 10. But right now, though, 10 points looks like an insurmountable lead for Dallas.
Field position is killing the Redskins. You might think that they gave Dallas just one first down so it was a successful defensive stand, but they were past midfield when they had to punt and they down the ball inside the 10. The way the Washington offense is playing there’s about a 1% chance they’ll score a touchdown from there.
The best play of the night for the Redskins comes purely by accident as Brunell scrambled for time and found Moss for 41 yards. An aggressive play, but not an aggressive play call. The outer limit of this offense, by design, is the first down marker. It’s three and out after that, though, and Groom might as well have punted into the end zone as Crayton made the fair catch at the 19.
Dallas isn’t that much better than the Redskins, but they’re just a little better when it counts. The Cowboy punter outdid Groom with a 58-yard punt that died inside the 10. Washington is getting the ball with a long way to go and they just can’t get it going enough offensively to put any points on the board.