NFC East: rapid reaction 4
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
IRVING, Texas -- In what was probably their last visit to Texas Stadium, the Washington Redskins provided the Cowboys with another painful memory Sunday. Tony Romo is considered one of the league's premier young passers, but on this day, it was Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell who led his team to a 26-24 victory in front of a stunned crowd.
Campbell overwhelmed the Cowboys in the first half by completing 20 of 31 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns. The Cowboys focused on slowing down Santana Moss, who has torched them in the past. But the strategy backfired. Pro Bowl cornerback Terence Newman was burned for two touchdowns and a 53-yard pass to Moss. Campbell did an excellent job moving around in the pocket, and he put constant pressure on the Cowboys' defense.
In the second half, the Redskins gashed the Cowboys with their running game. All the misdirection plays the Redskins tried early opened the way for running back Clinton Portis to have a huge second half. Coach Wade Phillips has said "no one runs on the Dallas Cowboys," but that wasn't accurate Sunday.
Late in the game, the Cowboys' defense appeared winded. The Redskins' defense kept Romo in check through much of the afternoon, and then rookie safety Chris Horton picked him off to set up a Redskins field goal that put them up, 23-17.
The Cowboys were considered to be the best team in the league coming into this game, but after scoring the game's first touchdown, the Redskins kept them on their heels.