Key for defense vs. Dallas: Third and long

Key for defense vs. Dallas: Third and long
November 16, 2011, 10:18 am
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In the Redskins loss to Miami on Sunday, the defense was uncharacteristically sub-par on third down. The Dolphins converted eight of 14 opportunities, a key factor in their 20-9 win.Now the Redskins start their second tour of the NFC East, starting against Dallas. Back in the good ol days of the season Week 3 the Cowboys won despite going only 3-of-13 on third down.As we start looking ahead to Sunday, heres a look at each of those third-down plays, separated by distance. (X = incomplete pass).2 OR FEWER TO GONone3-6 YARDS TO GO6-W17: Choice 3R4-49: Romo to Witten 5P5-W5: Romo X7-PLUS YARDS TO GO9-36: Romo X (Barnes 13 pass interference)8-W23: Romo X8-22: Romo to Witten 2P10-15: Romo X8-22: Romo to Bryant 20P18-45: Romo INT (Barnes)7-W23: Romo X14-48: Romo to Ogletree 7P21-30: Romo to Bryant 30P (15)9-W24: Choice 2RTotal: 3 of 13 (not including Barnes penalty).A key was getting the Cowboys into obvious passing situations, which allows Jim Haslett to call a greater variety of blitzes.