Washington Redskins @ Dallas Cowboys - Individual Player Review
**Big hit to Moss who sprawls out to catch ball at WSH-47. Great protect by Cooley at FB. Hits Cooley for 1st down on right seam from H-Back position to Dall-25. **Bad throw on 3rd/G from 9 under moderate pressure to Hightower who was blanketed. **1st Down after defensive stop, throws terrible pick on underthrow of Davis to Sean Lee who was spying Rex's eyes. Rex totally right, pump faked, Lee stayed and locked in - Rex just threw a light duck. It wasn't decision, execution. **Rex on 3rd down cross/slant not able to squeeze one in to Gaffney, after hooking up with him on 1st down. **Grossman has almost same exact scramble to left sidelines with Spencer chasing and tomahawks ball, but Rex holds on to it and goes out. Key was he looked over both shoulders to see and sense who was there. **Rex hits Moss on 3rd down + 15, also Gaffney on 3rd, then Hightower plus 14 on left. **Rex sacked near end of half, as Cowboys run overload on right side of offense and WSH can't pick up.
**Nice pass to Moss on cross from left to right for 36 yards on 2nd down of Hightower TD drive. Good pocket.
**Good 3rd down find of Hightower on TD drive, plus TD left flat release with play action look out of I -- to TH25.
**Two near INT's, one on first down on go route to Moss to left. In and out of Jenkins hands, Moss assisted in breaking up. Next one on 3rd down, same series, T.Newman has ball in hands along sidelines, can't hold on. Would have been at Redskins 37, was on 3rd/10 (part of the problem)
Team Offense - Kyle Shanahan
**1st drive bogs down with throw away under some moderate pressure (good) and dual wingback type formation with Moss split up wide left getting handoff on shovel pass that gets stuffed for minus 3 yards as Kory loses block on pull by Kenyon. 4-man rush INC on 3rd high and wide to Fred Davis forces 46 FGA. **1st/G/10 and Redskins run 2 times, both plays get blown up because of a trip in backfield, a missed block in space and then Jay Ratliff pressures, forcing bad INC on 3rd Down. 2nd straight week 1st/Goal to go, not one attempt at a pass into end zone.
**16-12, with 12 + in 4th, run Helu for 3 on 1st, pass INC on 2nd in right flat to Cooley, 3rd Down throw away deep with Rex shuffling feet (moderate pressure)
**Slips on first run of night on cut at 29 R-L. **Run stretch zone left + 5 hurdles defender. Effort from Moss. **Stretch right downhill + 4. Fred Davis whiffed somewhat on block in space. **2nd series run right stopped no gain, then plus 9 on stretch left (Logan good seal/Hold?) . On first run, DB shoots gap free to blow up as JB was in 2nd level. Happens way too often. **Hightower after turnover trips at point of cut with Davis who was pushed back a bit for 2 yard gain on 1st/Goal @ 10. Gets blown up next play, after Kory doesnt chip Sean Lee on 2nd level. **Nice screen left + 14 on drive before half, but then gets tripped up on delay draw run for three yard loss (Chester all turned around.)
***Great pass pro twice, once on opening drive on completion to Moss, 2nd time on 36-yard completion to Santana play-action look (crushed Sensabaugh) out of I w/Cooley.
**Big reception on 3rd/3 on TD drive over middle, on circle route.
**Great cutback run for 6 yards on 1st down R-L on a dime on 1st down, after his big 3rd down reception. The ideal zone one-cut run***
**TH gets to 1 on 2nd down - with good lead by Sellers in offset I, and Cooley/Trent as well opened a hole.
**1st carry on 2nd down, in 6-6 game goes for 2 yards. *Rips off nice run off LT, TRENT just mauled a LB to give big hole, but Helu slips and falls. **Short Completion tackled by Ware.
*2 key blocks on Hightower TD drive out of off-set I formation left on 2nd down run, and on TD out of true I, cut down pass rusher to save Rex.
**Post route on 1st for completion after Cowboys 2nd FG. **1st down catch on drive before half.
*Excellent pass pro at FB on Rex first pass of night. **3rd/1 FB lead, for first down out of I, with TH 25 selling PA right. (1st carry, 2nd time on 3rd/1 in 2 weeks - Redskins have used that FB lead for first down. **Nice reception down right seam on HBack look for 1st down. **Not able to get first down on 3rd/1 (3rd time in 5 quarters) because of MLB/SS double blits in A-gap between Chester/Montgomery. **1st down catch + 7, then good blocking in hole as lead on Helu stretch run left, slip.
**+ 12 out in left flat, after lining up off-set I on Hightower TD Drive.
*3rd time targeted, 1st completion with 8 to go in half on big PA fake + 22. Does some sort of weird traveling dance. 7th catch 20 + yards.
**Big hit to Moss on a curl route down left seam, who sprawls out to catch ball at WSH-47.
**36-yard catch and run on crossing post route on Hightower TD drive, with good blocking by Gaffney & patience by Santana.
**Nice assist breaking up potential Mike Jenkins INT on well underthrown deep ball, on first down.
**Sandblasts a LB on backside pursuit on stretch run Left by Helu. **Doing great job one on one with Ware, as soon as ESPN show, gives up a spin inside pass rush move and hurry to Ware on 3rd down incompletion to Austin in end zone.
**Great job by Trent on run hook block on TH25 drive early + terrific job on inside rush by Ware on TH reception on 3rd down.
**On TH 25 TD drive, tries to execute combo block with Will Montgomery, to allow Sean Lee to blow thru gap.
**Good job on 3rd/3 ride out on Anthony Spencer on Hightower catch on TH touchdown drive.
**46 FG Good with ease from right hashmark. **Perfect KO to pin in end zone sideline on first kickoff of night. **Sellers guy bowls over on perimeter, for block after Rocca doesn't handle slightly high but good snap from Nick. **50 yard FG good at half. Huge execution.
**Opening KO to WSH -29, good block by Sellers to spring forward for a couple of extra yards. Fielded at 6 **2nd KO return, Niles Paul and Perry Riley collide at POA to throw off rhythm, KO to middle at goalline returned to 12. **Get punt return trailing backwards, blocking by Brandyn Thompson & Rob Jackson not good at POA. **3rd KO return - touchback. **2nd PR - again has to go back for it..and then slips while making break. **4th KO return - Banks drops in end zone out-of-bounds for touchback.
**KO return after Bailey 4th FG to 25, Lorenzo, Niles and Kedric help out with some blocks.
**Two blocks not executed in run offense with Hightower in 1st quarter, one on pull (Coleman) & one on 2nd level non chip of Sean Lee.
**Incomplete on 3rd down, near end zone on corner route - slips in breakaway from Alan Ball.
**2nd/14 - Zero blitz forces smoke right, Kevin Barnes races over and misses tackle at catch (Ogletree) in open space but Redskins diagnosed it. Romo didn't roll, just quick throw - which is what Haz wanted on the 3rd/21. Kerrigan missed tackle, Landry forces fumble from behind on strip, Barnes touches it while in mid air, ruled touched illegally, challenged by Shanahan and overturned on recovery by Josh Wilson. **Redskins show 2B -triple bunch blitz look on both sides on 3rd/8 to force timeout. Lot of jawing, could def hear Redskins defenders chirping (snap count issue?) **After timeout, Redskins show same look but drop Landry out in coverage on strong side, and stuff (Rocky Mac) pass to left flat on 3rd down. *Good combined stop (Cofield, Orakpo, Fletcher, Rocky) on 3rd/1 to FB Fiametta up middle. Forces 2nd FG.
**1st down run by Felix after TH 25 rips Redskins D right up middle. Cofield pushed way back, Landry & Rocky take some shaky angles. Rocky missed tackle. 29 yard gain.
**Defense holds on 1st/G/2 after Atogwe hold in end zone, to force FG. Bowen, Wilson & bad Cowboys WR (Ogletree) all help out.
**Run stop on 1st play of game from LCB spot. **Great job on 3rd down, first series to force FGA on Witten from backside to break up pass, after Barnes had him inside curl. **Good PBU on Witten on 2nd down, with good pass rush by Rak/Fletcher late to hit Romo. **Another good PBU vs Ogletree on 1st down in tied game.
**Beaten on adjustment route by Laurent Robinson for big gain inside 10 - Wilson was behind. Took wrong angle on jumping route.
**Nice fade break up to much bigger M. Bennett in end zone. Got left hand extended to break it up.
**At RCB, quick smoke to Dez who carries D-Hall for first down. **At RCB against Laurent Robinson, playing off, quick hitch left, D-Hall over plays it and misses tackle/footing for 22 yard gain.
**Gets beat by Dez Bryan with 10-yard cushion. for 20 yards at RCB
**Got into backfield on right stretch run for small gain (1) that London finishes off. **Trips up Felix Jones on cutback to right, to end first quarter. Talking some trash.
**Gets tackle for loss on Kerrigan bullrush and FF/recovery.
**Big pressure forces incompletion on first down.
**Had problem on big Felix Jones run - don't know if he read wrong guy but tried to tackle lead FB who was blocking Landry, and Jones ran right past for huge gain.
**Lit up Romo on blindside pass rush and fumble, wiped out by Atogwe holding in end zone.
**Huge bullrush on RT to force fumble (sack) and recovery of Carriker wrap for loss.
**Witten beats Ryan off of jam, on nice route down right seam.
**Big run stop on left edge blitz on first series. **Huge hit along sidelines forcing incompletion on Laurent Robinson, with Atogwe blasting through LOS on heavy pressure. **Landry big pressure blitz, forces Romo in to hot read completion for nice gain to Bennett (6 all)
**Beaten in coverage by Jason Witten on 1st down down right seam cross.
**Continued bad series by missing huge open field tackle at POA, for 27 yard gain -- bailed out by holding calll on Dallas on Josh Wilson around edge.
**Collides with Dallas blocker, and Rob Jackson (Jackson tries to tackle the lead FB?) on big Felix Jones run gash.
**Draws big hold on Free, on completion across middle to Ogletree who beat zone/London.
**Cramps start to affect him at 2:45 of 3rd Quarter again, after having occasional problem in first half.
**Well timed pass break up on 3rd/7 in end zone of Ogletree - perfect pass but great timing to dislodge ball - raced about 15 yards if not more and closed. No Redskins Safety was closing like that last year.
**Holding in end zone wipes out Rob Jackson sack and FF, before fumble - on 3rd down.
**3rd big play on 3rd down, on nice run stop by Felix on inside handoff.
**Took bad angle, missed tackle on Felix Jones 29-yard huge run up middle on twisting cutback to weak side.
**Called for DPI on Witten (good call) over middle after Kerrigan shuttled him off.
**INT on 3rd/18 zero blitz, Ogletree keeps running.
**Solid tackle on 3rd down and long - to force punt - when Cowboys initially lined up on 4th/7 to go for it, then took timeout. Dallas punted.
**Good pass rush early in first quarter right at feet of Romo, got up talking a little trash to Cowboys sideline
**Blows up huge 1st/Goal run attempt to help save TD after Atogwe hold.
** 2B pressure/read behind Kerrigan rush allows Felix Jones to slip into right flat uncovered for 27 yard gain. **Good behind pass coverage on Witten on 2nd down, first drive. **Nice big blow up on 2nd down short dump flat pass.
**Good rip off to help London with run stop of 2 yards. Makes tackle with Atogwe 8 yards up field, after Cofield got knocked offon 1st/10 at 17 after turnover.
**Forces fumble (recovered by F. Jones) on good run stop, one play after Jones ripped off 29-run.
**Recovers on 2nd down after Lee INT to stuff/contain Felix Jones on cutback, one play after getting pushed off ball for 9-yard gain. Forced 3rd & 1, to FB - Fiametta which he anchors stop for. **Jaws after double clutch snap of Costa, which Neild was in at NT for - says Cofield's a "wily old veteran, Im sure there's some noise coming out of his mouth"
**Nice knockdown of pass on 2nd down, near INT - to force long 3rd down ATT.
**Good backside pursuit tackle on screen left on 2nd series. **Over OC Costa for double snap penalty.
**Great punt coverage in 16-12 game near Redskins sideline, on big boot from Sav Rocca.