Redskins-Cowboys First Half Blog
One week after combining for 99 points in a shootout loss against the Denver Broncos, the Dallas Cowboys were held to 14 first half points against the Washington Redskins.
Dallas running back DeMarco Murray was taken to the locker room with a sprained left knee. His return is listed as questionable.
DeMarcus Ware left the game late in the second quarter with a right quad injury and was also taken to the locker room.
The Washington Redskins lost long snapper Nick Sundberg to a knee injury. Linebacker and special teams contributor Bryan Kehl exited with sprained left knee and was unable to return.
Robert Griffin III looked more like his old self than at any other time this season. He was stopped short of the end zone on a first quarter quarterback draw from the 9-yard line, but showed flashes of speed. That Washington felt comfortable enough to call the play speaks volumes.
Griffin rushed twice for 22 yards in the half.
The second-year passer also amassed 134 yards through the air behind an 10-of-18 performance.
Tony Romo was a respectable 12-of-17 passing for 96 yards. He was intercepted once on a pass tipped by Josh Wilson and picked off by the returning Rob Jackson.
Alfred Morris, who ran at will against Dallas in two games last season, was held largely in check. The second-year back had just 16 yards on 9 carries in the half. He also dropped a would-be touchdown pass from Griffin in the first quarter. The ball was thrown slightly behind him, but was within his grasp.
Prior to exiting with the sprained knee, Murray rushed seven times for 29 yards including a 4-yard score — Dallas’ first of the game.
The Redskins were flagged six times for 54 yards in the first half. Included in the bunch was a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on special teams coordinator Keith Burns who inadvertently bumped an official during an 86-yard punt return for a touchdown in the second quarter.
A short time later, the Dallas bench was flagged with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty of their own. Presumably the penalty was on defensive line coach Rod Marinelli who was giving officials an earful on a play that was ultimately overturned upon further review.