Sunday, November 20, 2011
First quarter: Cowboys 7, Redskins 0
By Calvin Watkins
LANDOVER, Md. -- After one quarter the Cowboys have a nice and simple 7-0 lead at FedEx Field.
Turnover leads to first score: Jason Garrett says whoever wins the turnover battle should win the game. The first touchdown was set up by a turnover when safety Gerald Sensabaugh forced a fumble on a hit on tight end Fred Davis with 8:39 to play. Washington coach Mike Shanahan challenged the ruling thinking Davis' knee was down before the fumble. The replay confirmed the turnover, and two plays later Dez Bryant caught a 22-yard pass from Tony Romo for a 7-0 lead.
Jones get in:Running back Felix Jones made his return after a four-game absence due to a high ankle sprain. Jones worked in practice on kick returns, but it was Akwasi Owusu-Ansah who returned was back for the opening kickoff. Jones did come in on the fifth play of the game and rushed for 6 yards. He picked up three snaps on the first possession of the game.
James back on the field:Bradie James, didn't start, but after getting one snap in the win last week vs. Buffalo, he got at least seven snaps in the first quarter. There was a nice little alignment where James was on the field with Keith Brooking and Sean Lee for two consecutive possessions. James' action was limited last week because the Bills spread their offense out, and the Cowboys wanted their best pass defenders on the field.
Choice makes his debut: Tashard Choice made his Redskins debut and carried for 9 yards near the end of the quarter. After his gain, Choice, a former Cowboys running back, yelled at the Cowboys bench, and Abram Elam gave him a little shove to shut him up.
No Kitna or Fiammeta: The Cowboys don't have their backup quarterback Jon Kitna (back) and starting fullback Tony Fiammetta (illness) for the game. Stephen McGee is the backup and the Cowboys will use John Phillips as a fullback. On the first possession of the game, Phillips came in at fullback on a second-and-1 from the Dallas 29.