Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Don't push the panic button, just yet.

There is something to predictions and what the masses say about you. This was supposed to be the best team in the league and nobody was supposed to beat them. When we do our picks, not many of the so called experts will go against Dallas. Sometimes the best teams have needed losses. Sunday was no different. Washington really hadn't been tested and Dallas just came off of their most convincing win. but there are two old sayings in football, only any giving Sunday, and in the division, throw the records out the window. That's what happened this past Sunday.

Jason Campbell threw a pair of touchdown passes, as the Washington Redskins stunned the Dallas Cowboys, 26-24, in a clash between NFC East rivals. Campbell completed 20-of-31 passes for 231 yards and Clinton Portis gained 121 yards on the ground for the Redskins (3-1). Santana Moss had a game-high eight receptions for 145 yards.

"Every week it gets tougher in the NFL," Campbell said. "I thought my guys came out and fought hard today. Offensively, defensively, it was a great team victory. (The Cowboys) are a tremendous football team."

Tony Romo completed 28-of-47 passes for 300 yards with three touchdowns and one costly interception for the Cowboys (3-1). Jason Witten and Terrell Owens each caught seven balls, including one touchdown apiece.

"It was just a tough day," Romo said. "You can't take anything away from them, they did a good job. All of us had some issues today where we just have to get better in our situations where we got to win."

The Redskins defense bottled up Marion Barber, limiting him to a mere 26 yards on eight carries.

"It's a big victory because we were ahead on points but it was a very, very close game," said Redskins head coach Jim Zorn. "It feels good to take strikes and it feels even better to have that football team believe in what we are doing. As a head football coach what can I say? We just beat Dallas in Dallas."

Some would say that Dallas just got beat by Washington, I would say that Dallas beat itself also. You can’t just run the ball 11 times for the game and expect to have a successful trip in the win column. The Cowboys got away from what has become Cowboy football, smash mouth. This was just a bad game called by Jason Garrett. He is allowed a couple within the course of the season. (just a couple). Next week the cowboys play Cincy, they should back on track then. If not, then we might think about putting our hand on the panic button. This was a needed loss. We don’t want to get the big head.

Game notes:

Campbell is the only quarterback -- with at least 50 attempts -- without an interception this season...The Redskins victory was just the second in Dallas in 13 years...Romo had the 13th 300-yard passing game of his career, tying him with Troy Aikman for the most in franchise history...The Cowboys lead the all-time series, 56-39-2...Dallas' Patrick Crayton hauled in seven passes for 87 yards.

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