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The Cowboys better solve their short-yardage problems. Marion Barber was stuffed five times on third- or fourth-and-short in the second half, killing two drives in Washington territory and forcing the Cowboys to settle for a field goal on another. The Cowboys ran the ball effectively other than that, with the notable exception of Miles Austin's 13-yard loss on a reverse out of the Razorback formation. Felix Jones (10 carries, 58 yards) had another solid performance.
Tony Romo finished off a fantastic month with another impressive performance. He completed 25 of 38 passes for 286 yards and a touchdown. The score was a classic Romo play -- eluding pressure, buying time with his feet and firing a bullet in the back of the end zone to Roy Williams. Austin (nine catches, 92 yards) kept the chains moving. Jason Witten (six catches, 117 yards) exploited coverage designed to keep Austin from getting deep. Williams dropped the group a letter grade with a pair of drops, one of which ricocheted into the hands of Redskins safety Reed Doughty for Romo's only turnover of December.
The Redskins' running game is an absolute train wreck, with the top two tailbacks and a few starting offensive linemen out, but the Cowboys still get credit for shutting it down. Washington averaged only 2.4 yards on 18 carries. The Dallas front dominated the line of scrimmage, with OLB Anthony Spencer setting the tone with a tackle for a loss on the first snap. DE Igor Olshansky's dominance made everybody else's job easier.
Washington quarterback Jason Campbell completed 24 of 39 passes, but he averaged only 5.1 yards per attempt. The Redskins were forced to rely on short, quick passes because they couldn't protect Campbell, who was sacked three times (twice by NT Jay Ratliff) and hurried eight. CB Terence Newman had some trouble tackling Santana Moss, but his interception on the opening possession set up a touchdown. Campbell had no success testing CB Mike Jenkins.
Special teams coach Joe DeCamillis had no reason to get upset while he was resting in a Virginia hospital after undergoing an emergency appendectomy. His units did fine without him on the sideline. New kicker Shaun Suisham made his only field goal attempt, a 23-yard chip shot. Punter Mat McBriar had a 47.0 net average and pinned the Redskins inside their 20 on all three of his kicks. Half of David Buehler's four kickoffs went for touchbacks, and the Cowboys made the tackle at the 19 on one of the two kickoffs that were returned. Upback Kevin Ogletree returned the Redskins' only kickoff to the Dallas 41.