What’s In a Name? Cowboys Roll With No-Name Defense
Try these on for size; Kyle Wilbur, Greg Nevis, David Carter and Nick Hayden. Those are some of the unknown players that the Cowboys have pulled in from a local Whataburger to play defense against RGIII and the Redskins. And how did it work out—Cowboys win 31-16 to improve to 3-3 and stay in a first place tie in the NFC East with the Eagles.
Any questions about the lingering effect on Tony Romo from last week were answered. The Cowboys scored on their first drive and although less spectacular than last week, Romo was efficient and turnover free. It was a good, solid game in all three phases for the Cowboys and the kind of game they should expect week after week.
Running back DeMarco Murray also missed a big part of the game with a sprained knee and DeMarcus Ware sat out the second half with an un-announced injury. The sign of any really good team is when key players can’t play, someone else steps up and makes plays. Enter Dwayne Harris, he not only made some key tackles on special teams, he returned a punt 86 yards for a touchdown and ran a kickoff back 90 yards to set up another touchdown. In all, Harris had 222 yards in returns.
Sean Lee once again showed why he is one of the 2 or 3 best players on this team and he might just be the best. Brandon Carr was a shut-down corner all night against the best the Skins could throw at him and that patch-work defensive front kept Griffin in check most of the night and gave Jerry Jones more hope for optimism. That’s a good thing because the Cowboys will hit the road for 4 of their next 5 games. Dallas and Phily are 3-3, Washington drops to 1-4 and the Giants remain one of the worst teams in the league and one of only 4 winless teams at 0-6.
The Cowboys next two games are at Philadelphia and at Detroit…if Dallas hopes to put a little distance between themselves and the rest of the division, this game would be a great jumping off point. All they need is a nice little 5 game winning streak.