Big punt return helps Cowboys grab lead


The Redskins special teams have been a horror show all season and they helped the Cowboys grab an early lead on Sunday in a game that Dallas has to win.

After the Cowboys forced a three and out on the opening possession of the game, Micheal Spurlock returned a Sav Rocca punt 62 yards before being stopped at the Redskins’ three-yard line. DeMarco Murray ran the ball into the end zone two downs later and the Cowboys had themselves a quick 7-0 lead in Washington.

The Redskins narrowly avoided allowing their fourth punt return touchdown of the year, but the result was essentially the same for a unit that has avoided some of the criticism it deserves because of the overwhelming focus on all things RGIII and Shanahan with the Redskins.

Those with memories of last week will note that starting wasn’t the Cowboys’ problem against the Packers. They ran out to a 26-3 lead at halftime before falling apart in the second half of a 37-36 loss. Kirk Cousins and company don’t have nearly as much to play for as the Packers, but it remains to be seen if that makes life any easier for the Cowboys defense.