Five things we learned from Cowboys 19, Redskins 16
1) Winning the turnover battle doesn’t mean that much to this team
The Redskins got three takeaways from the Cowboys and turned them into a grand total of three points. Their only giveaway by the Redskins was fatal as DeSean Jackson’s fumbled punt return set up the go-ahead touchdown in the late going for the Cowboys.
2) This team can battle back
Twice in their seven losses they fell behind in the last two minutes but rallied to tie the game. Tonight they tied it up with 44 seconds left but lost on a last-second field goal. In Atlanta they had a lightning-quick drive to a tying field goal at the end of regulation but lost in overtime.
3) Mason Foster was quite a find
He didn’t come on board until the end of September and he only played a handful of snaps on defense prior to this game. But he played well with seven tackles, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery. With Perry Riley out at least another two weeks Foster’s play will be critical.
4) Dustin Hopkins is human
He missed a 43-yard fourth-quarter field goal attempt wide right and his last kickoff was very returnable for Lucky Whitehead, who ran it back 46 yards. That gave the Cowboys a short field to navigate to set up the winning field goal. He has been a big asset and he remains an important cog going forward.
5) The Redskins still control their playoff destiny
Even though they blew a golden opportunity to seize control of the NFC East tonight they still will win the division if they win out and probably will win it if they win three of four.