Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys 10/27/14 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Andrew’s Week 8 NFL Breakdown and Analysis
October 27, 2014
Finishing up the Week 8 festivities on “Monday Night Football,” we had an NFC East battle between the Redskins and the Cowboys. Washington was coming off a two-point win over the Titans, while Dallas took care of business against division rival New York in Week 7. This game marked an opportunity to further assert their dominance, but the team fell short in a stunning upset.
Let’s take a closer look at the key stats and players from the game so that we can determine why things played out the way they did. Afterward we’ll look forward to Week 9 to see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: Dallas came into this one with all the confidence in the world, but anything can happen in the NFL. The Redskins struck first on a 44-yard Kai Forbath field goal, making it 3-0 after one quarter.
In the second, the only scoring was Dez Bryant’s 5-yard TD catch from Tony Romo. It was 7-3 Cowboys heading into the locker room.
After halftime, the Redskins got it going on a 5-yard Alfred Morris TD run to reclaim the lead. Dallas would counter on a field goal to tie it up at 10 after three quarters.
In the fourth, Colt McCoy found pay dirt on a 7-yard TD run to make it 17-10. A short time later, replacement QB Brandon Weeden found Jason Witten on a 25-yard scoring pass to knot it up at 17 and eventually send the game to overtime.
In the extra period, Forbath nailed a 40-yard field goal to give the Redskins the edge. Dallas couldn’t keep their final drive going, and the Redskins escaped the Jerry Dome with a shocking 20-17 overtime victory over their division rivals.
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The Stars: Colt McCoy deserves some accolades in this one. He finished with a very efficient 25-of-30 line for 299 yards and the rushing TD. His only real blemish was a head-slapping interception in the end zone early in the game. The main beneficiary through the air was DeSean Jackson, who had six grabs for 136 yards. Alfred Morris added 73 and a score on 18 carries.
On the other side, DeMarco Murray continued his charmed season, posting 141 yards on the ground and another 80 in the air to lead the team in both categories.
The Goats: While we’re on the subject of Murray, we’ll bring up his early fumble, which was one of a pair of Dallas turnovers that helped keep the Redskins’ momentum going early. The Cowboys simply couldn’t sustain drives here for one reason or another.
Also, the normally stout offensive line wilted in the face of pressure from the Washington front, allowing five sacks and a total of eight tackles for loss.
Injuries: The big story here was Dallas QB Tony Romo. He hurt his already ailing back on a brutal sack in the third quarter and left the game for a while. He came back late in the fourth but clearly didn’t look like himself. The team will be reevaluating him today to gauge his status for Week 9. We imagine he’ll be questionable at best heading into that one.
Also, the Cowboys lost LB Justin Durant to a season-ending torn arm muscle late in the game.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 9, both teams will be in action once again. The Cowboys will host the incoming Cardinals (Sunday, Nov. 2; 1:00 PM ET on FOX), while the Redskins will travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings (Sunday, Nov. 2 1:00 PM ET on FOX).
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