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One of the highlights (if there were any) of the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins Monday Night Football game was Cowboys center Phil Costa walking away with an illegal snap and three bad snaps to Romo. It was clear the Cowboys quarterback was frustrated with what was going on.
At the time, we chalked it up to some miscommunication but, apparently, there's more to the story. Romo said after the game that the Redskins were yelling the Cowboys' snap count.
"Costa said the D-line kept calling out the snap count. We'll get that worked out.," Romo said. "We'll tell the league and see if that's something that can be fixed because you're not supposed to be able to do that. So we'll see."
Why is this an issue?
Because it's illegal. The Redskins aren't supposed to be doing that and should have been penalized for it if they were doing it. It should have been a 15-yard penalty if indeed they were doing that. The Redskins employ a former Cowboys defensive lineman in Stephen Bowen so that may have helped Washington.
Luckily for Dallas, they won the game so this ultimately doesn't matter.
Apparently, rivalry games between two teams in major media markets with large fanbases who live outside said media markets do very good television ratings! NFL Spokesman Greg Aiello, who is almost certainly an accurate source of information on these matters, has tweeted that the Monday Night Football game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins netted the biggest television ratings ever in Week 3 for MNF.
FOX and NBC's numbers were up as well. So much for fear of fan backlash over the lockout. It became apparent pretty early on in August that the NFL wouldn't lose any fans as long as they didn't miss any games. The league avoided that, and as a result their popularity hasn't taken a hit at all.
The Dallas Cowboys joined the NFL record books after their 18-16 victory over the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football by playing in their ninth consecutive game decided by three points or less. Ironically, they won Monday's game against Washington three points at a time with six field goals.
If the Cowboys are going to continue to play so many close games--and, until they are healthy again, I think they will--they are going to need a consistent, clutch kicker. Bailey's performance certainly allays concerns about the kicking game for the moment...and can't bode well for David Buehler's tenure in a Cowboys uniform.
I don't know what it is about the Cowboys but they need that drama. Week 1 was a three point loss to the Jets that included a blocked field goal in the fourth quarter and Week 2 was an overtime victory over the 49ers.
The Cowboys will meet the Lions in Week 4 and, Detroit fans, you've been warned: this one will be a nailbiter.
Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall was burned by Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant on the final drive of Monday's game, giving up a 30-yard reception on 3rd-and-21. It was a game-saving play, one that helped set up Dan Bailey's sixth field goal of the game, which sealed Dallas' 18-16 win. Adding insult to injury, Hall was flagged for a facemask penalty while making the tackle, giving Dallas another 15 yards.
After the game, Hall ripped the defensive play-calling that he felt put him in position to fail, as well as the official who threw the flag. From the AP:
"I told the ref after that call, that might have been his worst call of the game," Hall said during an expletive-filled rant. "He's going to get demerit points for that call. Because that wasn't no facemask."
On the play the Redskins had eight men on the line - another thing that irked Hall.
"Sooner or later, someone's going to (expletive) figure it out," Hall said. "You don't have to be a rocket scientist. ... The end result was a first down."
"We had a chance to have a sack there. He did a good job scrambling and made a play," Shanahan said. "It happens. That's the nature of the game. It didn't work."
As Mike Prada points out at SB Nation DC, Hall has a history of questioning defensive coordinator Jim Haslett:
This is not the first time Hall has criticized Haslett's defensive strategy. After a loss to the Houston Texans last season, Hall expressed his displeasure at not being called on to cover Andre Johnson on the game-tying touchdown.
Tony Romo got most of the attention from ESPN's Monday Night Football announcing crew, but he wasn't the only member of the Cowboys' backfield who played through a serious injury. Running back Felix Jones, who suffered a separated shoulder in Week 2 and played Monday wearing a shoulder brace, carried the ball 14 times for 114 yards, adding another 40 yards through the air on three receptions.
Jones had long runs of 29 and 40 yards on Monday, which, coincidentally, add up to the same number of rushing yards he tallied in the first two games combined. Needless to say, the breakout game was a welcome surprise for the Cowboys, especially considering how poorly the offensive line performed for much of the game.
Unfortunately, Jones' game ended on a sour note, as he appeared to re-injure his shoulder on Dallas' second-to-last drive and was not on the field during the team's final drive. From The Oklahoman:
Jones came off the field and didn't return.
He was a big part of the drive before he was injured. He ran three times for 52 yards, including a 40-yard burst on the second play of the drive.
"He had one of his best games as a Cowboy," said Dallas coach Jason Garrett, who didn't address Jones' apparent injury in his postgame remarks.
ESPN's announcers never addressed Jones' injury, but it was confirmed by the Cowboys' radio broadcast. His status will undoubtedly be addressed early this week, so stay tuned. The Monday night game gives Jones and the rest of the ailing Cowboys a short week to recover before the unbeaten Detroit Lions travel to Dallas on Sunday.
Tony Romo led the Cowboys to a Monday Night Football win against the Redskins despite a sloppy effort from Dallas.
He's absolutely right, especially when you consider that Tony Romo has had to spend half the night telling his receivers where they're supposed to line up. If it weren't for Dez Bryant making some big plays and Jason Witten being Jason Witten, the Cowboys would be toast. Instead, they just kicked their sixth field goal of the night to take an 18-16 lead with less than two minutes left in the game.
Finally, a touchdown! The Redskins ended the field goal party with a nine-play, 76-yard drive that culminated in a TD catch for Tim Hightower from Rex Grossman. Before that, we'd seen six field goals between the two teams.
Of course, field goal enthusiasts shouldn't give up on this game just yet. Dallas responded by marching down the field for another field goal to pull within four points at 16-12. It looked like the Cowboys would answer with a touchdown but safety O.J. Atogwe was able to break up a pass in the end zone intended for Kevin Ogletree.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo just completed the longest 2-yard pass ever. Center Phil Costa snapped the football over Romo's head, for what looked like a sure 20 yard loss. Romo scrambled for the ball, picked it up, and then... completed a 2-yard pass to wide receiver Laurent Robinson. I guess that's better than the 20-25 yard loss that the Cowboys surely would have ate if Romo just went down.
The next play Romo throws an interception to defensive back Kevin Barnes, on a play where Kevin Ogletree ran the wrong route according to Jon Gruden. The Cowboys have been flirting with disaster the entire game, including Romo giving an ode to the NBA lockout by dribbling the football while being sacked by Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan. Romo's got two fumbles and an interception so far.
The Redskins marched down the field and scored a touchdown, Rex Grossman to running back Tim Hightower, to capitalize on the Cowboys turnover. It was Tim Hightower's first regular season touchdown reception of his career.
After a 43-yard drive that stalled at the Cowboys' 18-yard line, Redskins kicker Graham Gano lined up to attempt a 36-yard field goal. It should have been easy score, but punter Sav Rocca completely muffed the hold. Witness the gaffe, in all it's glorious moving GIFness, courtesy of @bubbaprog:
Needless to say, the kick was blocked. It's not technically a turnover, but it's yet another mistake in this sloppy contest. The Cowboys proceeded to take a brief lead in this field-goal kicking contest, with Dan Bailey nailing his third attempt of the game, but the Redskins recovered in time to tie it up with (wait for it, wait for it ...) another field goal. Unless you have Gano or Bailey in your fantasy league, this game has been a huge disappointment, especially after countless gems on Sunday.
Dallas Cowboys starting defensive end Jason Hatcher suffered a calf injury in second quarter against the Washington Redskins. Ed Werder of ESPN reports that Hatcher will miss the remainder of the game and will be replaced by former first round pick Marcus Spears at defensive end. Hatcher just became a starter in the Cowboys 3-4 defense this season having played as a rotational player with the Cowboys for the past five seasons. In the first two games, Hatcher had two sacks.
Marcus Spears will replace Hatcher for the game, a former starter for the Cowboys originally drafted in the first round by Bill Parcells. Spears started for the Cowboys in 2010, missing half the season with an injury and losing his starting gig this year.
The Washington Redskins capitalized on an early Dallas Cowboys mistake to take a 6-3 lead. Cowboys wide receiver Kevin Ogletree fumbled the ball after a great hustle play by Redskins safety LaRon Landry. What transpired afterwards could have had some Benny Hill music behind it. The ball squirted out and went through Redskins and Cowboys players like a greased pig, eventually being recovered by Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson.
Here you can see Josh Wilson recovering the football (h/t @bubbaprog).
The play was originally ruled Cowboys football, but after further review Ed Hochuli explained that Barnes had not actually touched out of bounds prior to touching the football, so it was Redskins ball. Four plays later, the Redskins added three more points.
Nothing spectacular, but the Redskins started Monday Night Football off with a field goal to take an early 3-0 lead on the Cowboys in this NFC East showdown. On the ensuing drive, the Cowboys matched them to knot the score at 3-3.
Even if the drive wasn't thrilling, Washington surely enjoyed watching the inconsistent leg of kicker Graham Gano sending the ball through the uprights from 46 yards out. Santana Moss had a pair of catches on the drive and Chris Cooley picked up a key first down while lined up as a fullback.
Tony Romo followed that up by taking the Cowboys 57 yards on nine plays, leading to a 41-yard make from kicker Dan Bailey.
London Fletcher, getting his Redskins teammates amped while standing on the Dallas star midfield before tonight’s game:
Update: Now, with video!
Hat-tip to @bubbaprog, of course.
On Monday Night Countdown on ESPN, former quarterback Steve Young predicted that by the end of the season, we'll be talking about Washington Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman as a Top 10 quarterback in the NFL. As it stands, Grossman has led the Redskins to a fast 2-0 start with a 90.6 quarterback rating. Grossman has throw for 596 yards in two games with four touchdowns and two interceptions. He looks to lead the Redskins over the Dallas Cowboys to take a firm hold of first place in the NFC East.
Grossman is in his 9th NFL season, but hasn't been able to put together consistency as a starting quarterback. Steve Young apparently thinks he will now. Yes, the same Rex Grossman who has a career quarterback rating of 72.2. The same Rex Grossman who posted sub 40 quarterback ratings in 4 different games in 2006, the only season he's started a full 16 games. That Rex Grossman.
Dez Bryant is expected to play Monday night against the Washington Redskins according to ESPN's Ed Werder. Bryant sat out Week 2 with a thigh contusion, but should provide a major boost for the Dallas Cowboys with Miles Austin out Monday with a hamstring injury. Via Evan Silva of NBC Sports:
ESPN's Ed Werder on
#Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (quad): "He's been punctual for treatment all week bc he knows he could play a huge role" on MNF.
There is no word yet as to whether Bryant will be limited in the game, but there is no doubting that he is an explosive talent. Bryant had three catches for 71 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys' season opening loss to the New York Jets. He should see even more targets than usual with Austin out, as should Jesse Holley, Kevin Ogletree and tight end Jason Witten.
Earlier this week a report surfaced that Tony Romo planned to play in the Dallas Cowboys Monday Night Football game against the Washington Redskins despite a couple of injuries. Romo suffered last week a punctured lung and a rib injury in the Cowboys overtime victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
Romo's punctured lung has reportedly healed and dealing with the rib injury he has is generally a matter of pain tolerance. For that, ESPN's Ed Werder reports, Romo will take a painkiller injection for Monday's game and give it a go.
He's expected to start the game against the Redskins, Werder reports.
The Cowboys are in a surprisingly big game against the Redskins, who lead the division with a 2-0 record. I don't think many people expected the Redskins to start off the season this way so you know they'll have the motivation to come in and take it to Dallas (and, for DeAngelo Hall, take it to Romo's ribs).
Check out SB Nation's Blogging The Boys, where they're talking about how the Cowboys will protect Romo.
The Monday Night Football odds favor the Dallas Cowboys, but a closer look at the trends shows the Washington Redskins have what it takes to pull of the upset. All content comes courtesy of OddsShark.com.
The Washington Redskins will meet the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football and when they take the field they should have an old friend available: SS LaRon Landry. Dan Hellie of NBC Washington reports Landry will play -- and start -- on Monday against the Cowboys.
This is big news for the Redskins as Landry has been missing in action since Week 10 of last year. Just a couple weeks ago, reports were suggesting that he could be out for a longer period of time.
Landry said earlier this week that he would be active for this game but considering he'd been out for so long that was hardly a slam dunk. He's been suffering from an Achilles injury since last year and suffered a hamstring injury during training camp.
Landry is one of the best safeties in football and his presence will be needed if the Redskins hope to topple the Cowboys in Dallas.
You can imagine there are more than a few happy Redskins fans at SB Nation's Hogs Haven.
Rex Grossman will try to do the improbable and lead the Redskins to a 3-0 start as they visit the Cowboys.
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