From the Armchair: Dallas Cowboys, Week 6
In a game that saw the offense struggle and the defense bend but not break, the key to the Cowboys 31-16 victory over the Redskins was the third year WR out of East Carolina. Harris returned a punt 86 yards for a touchdown in the first half and his 90 kickoff return in the second half set up another TD on a night when the Cowboys just seemed to sleep through the first three quarters.
Things started off well, as Murray rumbled 11 yard on the first play from scrimmage and the Cowboys marched down the field on an 80 yard touchdown drive. After that, with Murray leaving the game in the second quarter suffering from an undisclosed injury, the offense just never clicked, putting up a pathetic total of 213 yards on the night. Yes, the Dallas O did score two other TDs, but those scores came on drives of 15 yards (following Harris' 90-yard kickoff return) and three yards (after an RG3 fumble). Granted, losing Murray didn't help but, the Dallas offense looked fairly lame, especially when compared to last week's 48 point performance against Denver.
Defensively, the Cowboy defense looked…OK. Though the loss of Ware left the Cowboys even more thin than it already was, Kyle Wilber stepped in admirably while helping to hold Griffin to a 19/39 night in the air and holding him to 77 yards on nine rushes. While they grabbed a fumble and an interception, the Dallas D also got a lot of help from Washington's receiver corps, who dropped several catchable balls during the evening. One can't argue with the fact that the Cowboys defense gave up only one touchdown (a 45-yard Alfred Morris run) but, as we've seen throughout the season, enough holes appeared during the game that one can hardly be comfortable with the unit going forward.
Though it is a W, it was an overall so-so night for Dallas against an outmanned Washington team and a still recovering RG3. The offensive sluggishness is again a concern and the defense continues to be a work in progress. And, while Dallas has yet to beat a team with a winning record (the Giants, Rams, and Redskins are a combined 5-14), the Cowboys at 3-3 are still tied for first place in the NFC Easy (sic) and it appears "average" may be all it takes to win the division.
Next up, a…showdown (?) for first place in the division against the Eagles.