It took a couple times watching the tape to realize what the Redskins defense was actually doing on several plays against Dallas.
Most likely for the first time this year, the Redskins used a dime package of six defensive backs. On passing downs, the Redskins are almost exclusively nickel (five DBs).
The personnel were cornerbacks DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson and Kevin Barnes and safeties O.J. Atogwe, DeJon Gomes and Reed Doughty.
Linebackers London Fletcher, Ryan Kerrigan, Brian Orakpo and Perry Riley would stay on the field, leaving just one defensive lineman in the game.
The results were pretty positive.
Third-and-5 from the Dallas 9. The Redskins rushed three vs. five-man protection and Tony Romo threw incomplete.
First-and-15 from the Dallas 13. Three-man rush vs. five-man protection and Romo threw a 9-yard completion.
Third-and-three from the Dallas 41. Four-man rush vs. five-man protection and Fletcher sacked Romo (unblocked) for a 12-yard loss.
Third-and-eight from the Dallas 14. Five-man rush vs. six-man protection and Romo threw for 12 yards.
Third-and-six from the Redskins 41. Five-man rush vs. six-man protection and Romo threw incomplete.
Five snaps (not including the end-of-regular kneel down) and three wins for the Redskins.