Cowboys take 14-6 lead into halftime

AP

The Cowboys grabbed a lead early in Sunday’s game with the Redskins and they built on it in the second quarter thanks to Tony Romo and Dez Bryant.

Bryant returned from being shaken up while trying to make a catch early in the game and caught a 31-yard pass from Romo to get into Washington territory in the second quarter. Three plays later, Romo evaded a blitzing E.J. Biggers with a nifty spin move and then hit Bryant in the back of the end zone for an equally impressive catch that lifted the Cowboys to a 14-6 lead.

Romo is 5-of-9 for 62 yards overall and DeMarco Murray has added 62 yards on eight carries for the Cowboys in a half that saw them struggle to move the ball consistently until that scoring drive.

The Redskins drove the ball well a couple of times in the first half and sat at the Dallas two-yard line at one point in the second quarter, but a pair of penalties forced them to settle for a second Kai Forbath field goal. Kirk Cousins was then intercepted by Jeff Heath at the Cowboys’ seven with 47 seconds left in the half.

Those miscues played a big role in helping the Cowboys hold onto their lead. Now they’ll have to avoid their own to guarantee themselves a chance to play for the NFC East title in Week 17.