GRADES: 'Boys Fall Down to Earth

The Washington Redskins made a statement of their own Sunday afternoon in Texas Stadium.

It took almost 15 minutes of game time but the Dallas offense finally got on track when Tony Romo hit Jason Witten for a 21-yard touchdown with less than a minute remaining in the first quarter. After that, it was "hit and miss," and mostly "miss" for the rest of the afternoon. Amongst the sloppy play Sunday included Tony Romo telegraphing an interception to Chris Horton, multiple dropped passes by Terrell Owens and no sign of a running game whatsoever. Romo's stats actually look good at the end of the game: 28-of-47 for three touchdowns and an interception, but it wasn't enough to lift Dallas to the win.

Demarcus Ware recorded a sack for the seventh consecutive game and the Dallas pass rush was on fire early, however big plays given up deep down field continue to be a concern. Can somebody cover Santana Moss, who had 125 yards receiving by halftime? Obviously not because he continues to make a career off of torching the Dallas secondary. Jason Campbell got better as the game wore on, and most importantly he never threw an interception like his counterpart, Romo. And how about that 12-men on the field penalty on the drive that gave the Redskins a 26-17 lead? That's unforgivable.

Keith Davis was brought back to Dallas for his ability to become a one-man wrecking crew on special teams and that's exactly what he was Sunday afternoon at Texas Stadium in the first half. Nick Folk converted on his only field goal attempt and continues to be one of the top kickers in the league, and he also executed an onside kick perfectly, but Felix Jones, for the first time in his young career looked tentative returning kicks and routinely put Dallas in bad field position all game long.

This game was more about lack of execution than coaching. Defensively, some kind of adjustment needs to be made to keep Santana Moss from scorching the Dallas secondary in future games between these two teams. The NFC East is by far the toughest division in the NFL this year, which means Dallas will have to find ways to win close games like this all season long.

Truthfully, there isn't much to feel good about after a loss like this. The Redskins are clearly a team that improving from week to week while the Cowboys took a step back with Sunday's effort. Washington punched the Cowboys in the mouth and by the time Dallas realized what was going on, it was too little too late.

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