Funny that Tony Romo was sitting on the bench for two of the biggest plays last night that helped bring the Cowboys (3-3) a win over RGIII and the visiting Washington Redskins.
Dwayne Harris returned a punt 86 yards for a touchdown and set up another score with a 90-yard kickoff return, helping the Cowboys hand Robert Griffin III his first loss in his home state with a 31-16 victory against the Washington Redskins on Sunday night.
Romo did not go completely un-noticed however, he did throw (another) costly interception and only had 170 yards of passing, compared to last week when he broke the 500 yard mark for his first time with the Dallas Cowboys.
The rest of the football club said they had Romo’s back as he faced yet another round of criticism over big mistakes late in games.
Harris showed it as did Kyle Wilber, and so did DeMarcus Ware, who suffered a quad injury in the second quarter.
Harris had an amazing 222 total return yards last night and Wilbur forced and recovered a fumble after RGIII got sacked. The Dallas defensive line got to RGIII on almost every play.
The Cowboys gave owner Jerry Jones a win on his 71st birthday and almost more importantly, kept the defending NFC champion Redskins (1-4) from building any momentum following their 0-3 start. Washington started the season 0-3, then beat Oakland, then had a bye week, now they were looking toad momentum; it did not happen in Dallas.
Harris’ punt return gave Dallas a 14-3 lead in the second quarter and the kickoff return came after Kai Forbath’s third field goal pulled Washington to 14-9 in the third.
Romo finished the job after Harris’ key kickoff return. He avoided a potential sack and threw off-balance into the corner of the end zone where Terrence Williams got two feet down just in time as he made the catch. He was pushed out of bounds by E.J. Biggers but still scored the 15-yard play which gave them a 21-9 lead.
Griffin who was brilliant last year on Thanksgiving weekend (his rookie year) said he felt good after his team’s bye week, and he looked it, but threw a bad interception with 5:06 remaining that would have brought his team to within five points with plenty of time to play.
Redskins linebacker Bryan Kehl left the game with a sprained knee and cornerback David Amerson was ruled out after sustaining a concussion.
The Cowboys sacked Griffin three times last night, two more than both of their previous two games combined (against Philip Rivers and Peyton Manning).
Dallas looks for their fourth win of the season when they head to Philadelphia next week to play the Philadelphia Eagles.
Denver 35, Jacksonville 19: much closer than it ever should have been,
-Peyton Manning threw an interception to the Jaguars
-Wes Welker had TD number 7 on the season
-Manning had two more TD passes to add to his total
-next week’s game will be in Indianapolis
Dallas 31, Washington 16: -RGIII continues to show potential, sti
-Cowboys 2 best plays came with Romo on thhe bench
NE, 30, NO 27:-the battle of the ‘News’ Tom Brady just barely outguns Drew Brees
SF 32, Arizona 20: -if there was one game that SF should have completely blown
away, it’s this one
-Kaepernick played well but then again that is expected
Seattle 20, Tennesse 20: like the score says, Seattle won!
Cincinnati 27, Buffalo 24: -battle of two teams striving to get better
-it is very fitting that this game had to go into
-E.J. Manual is still injured so Thad was signed off the practice squad
-he threw a TD pass late to tie the game at 24-24
-Lewis went 19/32 with 216 yards ad two TD passes
Detroit 31, Cleveland 17: -this is a game where I am surprised that Cleveland
-Calvin Johnson came back so that meant the end of
KC 24, Oakland 7: -if there was one game that Oakland shoulda won, it
was definitely this.
Carolina 35, Minnesota 10: -the one game that Carolina winds up winning is this
Pittsburgh 19, NY Jets 6: -well they had to win one sooner or later and I called
-next three games however involve Baltimore, NE and
Philadelphia 31, Tampa Bay 20: -Philly just adding to the hurt in TB where they are
as bad as the Browns.
-good news is that with Vick injured, but active, Nick
Foles can still win
-adding to the misery in Tampa Bay who is now 0-5.
-in addition to their bad start, and messy ‘divorce’
with QB Josh Freeman
Green Bay 19, Baltimore 17: -Rodgers and company barely squeak out a win in
St. Louis 38, Houston 13: -game got ugly when idiot Texan fans cheered after
Matt Schaub injury
Chicago 27, NY Giants 21: -don’t know what’s worse, being 0-5 in the NFL or
losing close gamesMNF: Indianapolis and San Diego