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Defenses dominating in Big D

Cowboys quarterback Romo is pressured by Redskins linebacker Fletcher and defensive end Golston in the first half of their NFL football game in Arlington, Texas Reuters

Tony Romo looks like a guy playing with a broken rib.

Rex Grossman looks like the inconsistent quarterback that we’ve seen for much of his career.

Dallas and Washington are tied 9-9 at halftime Monday night in a game that defense lovers should enjoy.  Both teams turned the ball over inside their own 20-yard line, and both times their defenses bailed them out.

The rushing games for both teams are dormant.  Dallas is struggling to pass with Dez Bryant clearly playing at less than full speed.  Grossman made a terrible decision on a pass picked off by Sean Lee.

It hasn’t been pretty, but the playmakers for both sides are on defense.  Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan are a great outside linebacker combination for Washington.  LaRon Landry is making big hits.  DeMarcus Ware remains DeMarcus Ware.

Injuries could be a factor in the second half.  Dallas cornerback Michael Jenkins went to the locker room after hurting his shoulder again.  Bryant was hobbling out there.  Redskins receiver Anthony Armstrong looks banged up.

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34 Responses to “Defenses dominating in Big D”
  1. Andre's Johnson says: Sep 26, 2011 10:21 PM

    Go ‘Skins.

  2. jpb12 says: Sep 26, 2011 10:22 PM

    That headline is one way to put it.
    This game is ‘offensive’ is another.

  3. onegamedoesnotaseasonmake says: Sep 26, 2011 10:24 PM

    ok, best result of this game?

    dallas wins to shut up the skins’ fans with their obnoxious “we don’t get any respect and hail !” and then. romo out for the season?

    yes or no?

  4. nflfollower says: Sep 26, 2011 10:31 PM

    Fairley and Suh are gonna dominate in the D next week!! That’s right….better get a couple of those shots before next week for Romo.

  5. bloggingpoodlewalker says: Sep 26, 2011 10:33 PM

    Boredom dominating in Big D. Zzzzz…

  6. Andre's Johnson says: Sep 26, 2011 10:33 PM

    I don’t know, One Game. Down here, ‘Girls fans are just so incredibly obnoxious.

    What about a 12-12 tie AND Romo is out for the season?

  7. ham1 says: Sep 26, 2011 10:40 PM

    Nice play by Romo picking up that ball and winging it for some positive yardage.
    Still hope they lose but nice heads up play.

  8. rubbernilly says: Sep 26, 2011 10:49 PM

    First off, it is a little refreshing to see the defenses step it up… after so much offense early on this year.

    Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, though; these are both young teams with a lot of room to grow. Offenses — young offenses — are going to struggle to move the ball, especially when a number of key players are banged up.

    Really, though, when you look at these two teams, it’s very difficult to judge what they should or should not be, or how good they should or should not be.

    Include their division-mates, NYG and PHI, in the discussion?

    Oy, vey!

  9. jdandcoke says: Sep 26, 2011 10:54 PM

    as soon as the giants get osi, manningham, and prince back they’re going to run away with this division.

  10. bcjim says: Sep 26, 2011 11:02 PM

    Field seems awful slippery…Where Jerrah up to?

  11. ulfarthelunatic says: Sep 26, 2011 11:03 PM

    I’ll take it any day over the spread-offense no-touching-allowed video-game bs that most games have become.

  12. scudbot says: Sep 26, 2011 11:04 PM

    If Washington wins this they could go 3-13. What an awful football game.

  13. sromgrom says: Sep 26, 2011 11:18 PM

    Are the Cowboys really that much better under Jason Garrett than they were under Wade????

    Sure the defense, for the moment, has a little more spunk, and is more aggressive with blitzing schemes…but the offense (under an offensive minded coach) looks LOST!!!!

    It’s no excuse you have young receivers in there, for them to not know where to line up on plays is putrid at best… Tell that to the Bills who had young guys stepping in all last year and made plays on the fly…

    I’ve never seen an offense so out of sync the players obviously don’t know their playbook… Romo has every right to be PEEEEEEED off right now.. Embarrassing..

    Jerry Jones must be pooping himself, realizing his franchise is still nowhere near competing for a Super Bowl….

  14. TheWizard says: Sep 26, 2011 11:20 PM

    Romo sure does show up his own guys on national tv quite a bit.

  15. Deb says: Sep 26, 2011 11:21 PM

    Correction … Tony Romo looks like a guy playing with a broken rib and high school receivers.

    Never thought I could feel this bad for a Cowboys QB.

  16. scudbot says: Sep 26, 2011 11:28 PM

    Abysmal. Desultory. Embarrassing, both teams.

  17. scudbot says: Sep 26, 2011 11:43 PM

    Dallas wins. But how awful.

  18. nflofficeadmin says: Sep 26, 2011 11:46 PM

    The flying Shanahans seem to be the only people in America that haven’t gotten the word yet that Rex Grossman is a bust.

  19. nflofficeadmin says: Sep 26, 2011 11:48 PM

    And Kyle Shanahan is a great example of someone being in the son business. Must be nice while rest of us have to make our bones in this world.

  20. localbandhero says: Sep 26, 2011 11:50 PM

    Where you at, Skins fans? Hail? Anyone? No?

  21. fuqtard says: Sep 26, 2011 11:51 PM

    Cut Grossman tomorrow.

  22. colinsnooks says: Sep 26, 2011 11:52 PM

    Cowboys shouldn’t of cut Gurode. Bad snaps were terrible, and it didn’t look like Romo’s fault.

  23. therealsmiley says: Sep 26, 2011 11:54 PM

    Good game Cowboys!! That was a battle. You earned the win. Hail!

  24. tobiasjodter says: Sep 26, 2011 11:58 PM

    Someone explain to me why Landry can totally blowup a defenseless receiver to much applause, but Ball’s hit on Moss drew a flag? Good luck with that.

  25. rcg365 says: Sep 27, 2011 12:01 AM

    Defense was the name of the game. Great game for Ware and Spencer. Oh yea lets not forget about Tony Romo great job keeping his team in order.

  26. inishul says: Sep 27, 2011 12:03 AM

    All I expect to hear for the next week is how the Cowboys missed sooo many opportunities, and the score should have been much worse than it was.

    However, how many offsides calls did the refs miss at key times. I can think of at least 3.

    And how lucky did the boys get that none of those mis-snaps were recovered by the skins.

    I give the cowboys credit (especially the kicker), they won the game. BUT they were extremely lucky to do so. A third and 21 converted – plus a very close face mask penalty (grazed it), to put them in field goal range.

    I wanted to throw up listening to all the Romo ass kissing going on. He was average, at best. Obviously, his injury was not that significant. While his WRs might not have played great, this was not his “greatest performance ever.”

    The NFC east will be a hard fought division this year.

  27. innerlign says: Sep 27, 2011 12:06 AM

    Luckiest win I’ve seen in a long time.

  28. jkaflagg says: Sep 27, 2011 12:15 AM

    Has DeAngelo Hall buried his helmet into Tony Romo’s injured ribs yet ? I saw him get burned for a 30-yard gain and throw in a 15-yard facemask to set up the winning FG, but I don’t recall him actually hitting anyone……

  29. howley1 says: Sep 27, 2011 1:11 AM

    “However, how many offsides calls did the refs miss at key times. I can think of at least 3.”

    Maybe as many times they didn’t call the Redskins OL holding Ware.

    how lucky did the boys get that none of those mis-snaps were recovered by the skins.

    “I give the cowboys credit (especially the kicker), they won the game. BUT they were extremely lucky to do so. A third and 21 converted”

    That wasn’t luck.

    “I wanted to throw up listening to all the Romo ass kissing going on. He was average, at best. Obviously, his injury was not that significant. While his WRs might not have played great, this was not his “greatest performance ever.”

    Maybe not, but it’s better than a loss.

    By the way…. Orakpo = 0 tackles, 1 assist, 0 sacks. Last year he had 2 tackles in two games. Redskins have officially lost the right to invoke his name while talking smack about the Cowboys.

  30. heysharpshooter says: Sep 27, 2011 3:55 AM

    Anyone else surprised how well Ryan Kerrigan has made the move to OLB? Dude is a beast: Tyron Smith had his lunch eaten all damn game. Brian Orakpo must be a happy man: less double teams are in his future.

  31. pnut87 says: Sep 27, 2011 4:08 AM

    This was an ugly game, for both sides. Dallas didn’t score a touchdown, Redskins lost to a team that didn’t score a touchdown. I had to turn this game off before half time. Apparently I didn’t miss much…

  32. maddog111 says: Sep 27, 2011 8:25 AM

    tobiasjodter says:
    Sep 26, 2011 11:58 PM
    Someone explain to me why Landry can totally blowup a defenseless receiver to much applause, but Ball’s hit on Moss drew a flag? Good luck with that.
    ———————————————–
    Yes, someone please explain that penalty to me. He led with his shoulder, hit Moss in the chest, and he was called for contact with a defenseless receiver? He caught the freaking ball. WTH? Are you not allowed to hit a guy hard anymore to try and dislodge the ball? He didn’t launch, didn’t hit him in the head, nothing. I don’t get it. And I’m not a fan of either team, but was stunned they threw a flag on that. It’s getting out of control.

  33. orakpownd says: Sep 27, 2011 8:26 AM

    I have no excuses. Good job Cowboys.

  34. howley1 says: Sep 27, 2011 10:51 AM

    Anyone else surprised how well Ryan Kerrigan has made the move to OLB? Dude is a beast: Tyron Smith had his lunch eaten all damn game. Brian Orakpo must be a happy man: less double teams are in his future.

    —————–

    Have a little perspective. Kerrigan had a pretty fair game with 4 tackles and an early sack, but he completely disappeared in crunch time and had only one tackle in the last 25 minutes of the game (on one of the bad snaps). Orakpo turned in his typical “Houdini” performance against the Cowboys, with 0 tackles, 1 assist and no sacks.

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