Here are some quick-hit observations on the Redskins’ 20-17 overtime win over the Cowboys.
—Bashaud Breeland is a playmaker. In the first half he knocked down a deep Romo pass intended for Terrence Williams and forced a fumble out of DeMarco Murray after he had taken a pass down in side the Redskins 15. In the late going he nearly picked off a pass that would have set up a winning field goal. But on the last play of the game he knocked the ball away from Cowboys star receiver Dez Bryant on fourth down to end the game. The rookie will get burned from time to time but he will make some plays.
—The Redskins played more aggressively on defense than they have all year. Jim Haslett dialed up blitz after blitz against Tony Romo. One knocked him out of the game for a while, when Keenan Robinson bolted untouched up the middle in the third quarter and apparently tweaked Romo’s ailing back. In all, the Redskins got five sacks of Romo, two by safety Brandon Meriweather, and one each by Robinson, inside linebacker Perry Riley, outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan. Washington also recovered two fumbles.
—Colt McCoy recovered from a shaky first half during which he threw an interception in the end zone and was able to lead the Redskins to only three points. He underthrew DeSean Jackson on a couple of plays where it looked like a better throw would have meant six points. But he got it rolling in the second half, scored a touchdown on a quarterback draw to give the Redskins a fourth-quarter lead. He ended up completing 25 of 30 passes for 299 yards, posting a passer rating of 94.3 in his first start in almost three years.
—The Redskins rushing game was sporadic but it got enough done to help them build a time of possession advantage of nearly 10 minutes (38:12 to 28:27). Alfred Morris got stuffed a lot on his 18 carries but he broke loose on a 29-yard run in the third quarter, a key play in a drive the ended up with him scoring a TD on a five-yard run.
—Washington nearly won the game late in regulation twice. Romo reentered the game and fumbled when Meriweather sacked him. It looked like Kerrigan had recovered at the Dallas dive but the ball slithered loose and the Cowboys got it back. Then Breeland had that pick in his hands but Terrence Williams somehow came up with it for a Dallas first down.