Redskins-Cowboys instant analysis

Redskins-Cowboys instant analysis
November 20, 2011, 9:41 pm
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Opinions from the Redskins 27-24 overtime loss to Dallas on Sunday:

Dan Bailey won it for Dallas with a 39-yard field goal with 5:39 left in overtime. And he barely made it the football hooked around the upright.

The losing streak is now at six games and the Redskins are 1-7 since a 2-0 start. It will be another long week at Redskin Park.

Jabar Gaffney had the best day from the Redskins offensive players, catching seven passes for 115 yards.

The Redskins got the ball first in overtime and drove to the Dallas 33. They had no choice but to try for the victory on Graham Ganos 52-yard field goal. The attempt was wide right (Ganos second miss)

During Ganos miss, Trent Williams went down with a left knee injury that did not look good.

The Redskins have to be encouraged that Brandon Banks finally started to show a pulse in the return game.

For the first quarter-plus, this seemed like another miserable Redskins game. The offense was stuck in reverse (no opening-quarter points again)

Grossmans fourth quarter interception on a bomb to Anthony Armstrong downfield was a poorly thrown pass but Armstrong could

When the Redskins took a 14-10 lead, it was their first advantage since they finished off St. Louis in Week 4. The span was nearly 330 minutes of game time.

The offense finally took advantage of decent field position to score their first touchdown. A punt shank by Mat McBriar gave the Redskins possession at the Dallas 32. Three plays later, Grossman threw 23 yards to David Anderson.

Grossmans 4-yard touchdown run was a smart play call. The Cowboys defense was spread out because of the formation and he took the shot-gun snap and immediately ran upfield.

The 16-yard touchdown pass to Jabar Gaffney required a long time for him to get open so Grossman had good pass protection.

Its becoming tougher each week to figure out why Ryan Torain is getting any playing time at running back. His third-quarter carries were -1, -2 and 0 yards.

Just like receiver Dez Bryant, Dallas running back DeMarco Murray is going to be a pin for the Redskins to deal with for many years. A third-round steal in last springs draft, Murray is a lot like Philadelphias LeSean McCoy hes a physical runner, has a great stuff arm and is a good receiver out of the backfield. Most of all, hes one tough guy to bring down.

On Tony Romos 59-yard touchdown pass to Jason Witten, the Redskins initially had everybody covered. But Romo slid to his left to create more time and Witten, who had stopped his route, improvised and ran a deep post and was wide open when he made the catch. Tough to assess the blame. It could have been safety DeJon Gomes, who didnt account for Witten.

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