The last time we met the Washington Redskins it was week four at Texas Stadium and they handed the Cowboys their first loss of the season. Worse yet, the Cowboys went on to lose 4 of the next 6 games, thus putting their season in doubt.
Sunday night in Washington DC, the Cowboys decided it was time for some payback as they edged out the Redskins 14-10 in a hard fought battle that left the Redskins reeling and the Cowboys dealing.
The game didn’t start off so good for the Cowboys who donned their blue jerseys and took the field with a few familiar faces that had missed the last few games with injuries.
Not only was quarterback Tony Romo back in the fold, but he was joined by guard Kyle Kosier, cornerback Terence Newman, and a banged up Jason Witten.
Tony Romo was clearly rusty, but he carried himself well, made a couple of clutch plays and led his team to victory.
One play in particular may have sealed the victory for the Cowboys, when late in the game and on the verge of being sacked he shoveled a pass to Miles Austin to convert a first down that would prove instrumental in the win. Romo’s touchdown pass to Martellus Bennett wasn’t pretty, but the rookie tightend showed remarkable poise and determination in reeling in the 25 yard pass for the game winning touchdown.
None of this would have been possible if not for the amazing exploits of running back Marion Barber. He was a force to be reckoned with, and time after time he grinded out those all important yards that helped the Cowboys maintain control of the clock and the flow of the game. Barber finished with 114 yards and scored the game tying touchdown in the second quarter that got the Cowboys on the board and in the game.
While Romo’s return was no doubt instrumental in the win and provided an emotional boost, it was the return of Terence Newman that provided the explosiveness that the defense had been lacking in recent weeks. After missing five games with a sports hernia, Newman grabbed a late-game interception deep in Cowboys territory that turned the tide and shifted the momentum of the game. He was also able to shut down the Skins’ best receiver, Santana Moss, who was a non-factor in this game.
His presence energized the defense, particularly Jay Ratliff who was a man possessed and had two key sacks in the game, and DeMarcus Ware added another.
The win improved the Cowboys record to 6-4 and into a second place tie with Washington.
Next week the Cowboys are home and face off against the San Francisco 49ers with a renewed confidence and a regained sense of pride and excellence.