Redskins Lose in Big D, 7-6
Barry Barnes | 11/22/2009, 10:32 p.m.
The Washington Redskins traveled to Dallas to face their arch rival Cowboys in an NFC East Division match-up that produced little offense and little excitement, as the Cowboys came away with a 7-6 win on Sun., Nov. 22. The Cowboys are now 7-3; the Redskins, 3-7.
Although the Redskins led until the 2:41 marker in the fourth quarter, they were unable to hold on for the victory. It has been exactly one year since the Redskins had their last road win - Nov. 23, 2008 against the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field, 20-17.
The Redskins controlled the Cowboys all game by pressuring quarterback Tony Romo, who threw for just 159 yards. But Romo was able to connect with wide receiver Patrick Crayton for a ten-yard touchdown for the 7-6 lead, which was all the offense the Cowboys would need.
The Redskins proved ineffective in the Red Zone, settling once again for Field Goals, and relying on kicker Shaun Suisham to put points on the board. In Week 4 of last season, the Redskins beat the Cowboys at Texas Stadium 26-24 as Redskins' kicker Shaun Suisham went 4 for 4. Prior to Sunday€s game, Suisham was 12 for12.
Although Suisham nailed a 45 and a 31 yard field goal, the costly attempt was the 50-yard field he missed in the fourth quarter that could have iced the game for the Redskins, as well as a 39-yard field goal that was missed before the half.
Redskins' quarterback Jason Campbell went 24-37 and 256 yards, but threw one interception on the final drive with over two minutes left in the game. From their own eight-yard line, Campbell hit wide receiver Antwaan Randle El and running back Rock Cartwright on two passes. But during the same drive, Campbell was flushed out of the pocket, rolling to his left when he threw the ball, only to be tipped by Cowboys' defensive end Stephen Bowen. The ball landed in the hands of Cowboys linebacker Anthony Spencer.
Just as costly as another game in the loss column are two major injuries the team suffered on the day. Running back Ladell Betts suffered a knee ligament injury and offensive guard Chad Rinehart has fractured fibula. Rock Cartwright filled in for Betts, who was filling in for Clinton Portis, who is out with a concussion. Cartwright ran for 67 yards on 13 carries, and caught seven passes for 73 yards.
The Redskins will face another division rival next week, the Philadelphia Eagles, at Lincoln Financial Field on Sun., Nov. 29 in Philadelphia.