Great article …. Randy
5 Thoughts on Cowboys’ 18-16 win over the Redskins
By Jon Machota
Dallas Morning News
ARLINGTON — It was far from pretty, but style points weren’t needed as the Dallas Cowboys got a much needed division victory Monday night. They couldn’t manage to get in the endzone, but six field goals were enough in the home opener.
Here are my five thoughts on the Cowboys’ 18-16 win over Washington.
1.) Dan Bailey gets my game ball. He was 6-of-6 on field goals and they weren’t all chip shots. The rookie made two from 41 yards and another from 40. Sorry David Buehler, but this job is Bailey’s for the rest of this season, at least. “Dan’s a great kicker,” Dez Bryant said. “I went to school with him (Oklahoma State). He used to hit them all of the time. Dan, his performance tonight was tremendous. If it wasn’t for him, we wouldn’t have won the game.”
2.) The Cowboys need Miles Austin back by next Sunday. Without Austin the offense just isn’t potent enough to hang with the Detroit Lions . The Cowboys have yet to play against a good offensive team and they will need to score at least 28 to beat Detroit. Austin, Bryant, Tony Romo and Felix Jones have to be hitting on all cylinders for that to happen. Romo noted that the Cowboys made “a million mistakes” on Monday. That must improve against Detroit, New England and Philadelphia — three of their next four opponents.
3.) Give Romo credit. He took some shots and gutted it out. There were a couple of occasions that I thought he might come out of the game, but he fought through and did enough to win. “The initial work they did on him to reduce his pain didn’t work during warmups, so they had to come back and do the same thing again,” Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said of Romo’s pregame treatment. “That’s like filling a tooth. He had that little drama to go through even before he took a snap in the ballgame. I’m telling you now, he’s a champ.”
4.) Sean Lee continues to impress. It’s obvious that teams are game-planning to stop DeMarcus Ware . And Lee will make them pay for that. If Lee, Ware, Anthony Spencer , who made an outstanding play to seal the victory, are effective, Rob Ryan’s defense is one of the better units in the league. “Sean Lee is on fire,” Ware said. “He’s playing really good, making a lot of plays and he’s really smart.”
5.) We saw the Felix Jones that the Cowboys need going forward. Jones rushed 14 times for 115 yards and moved the chains when the receiving game struggled. It’s simple, if Jones, who battled through a separated shoulder, didn’t play Monday night the Cowboys would not have won. “He did a great job finding the holes and making cuts,” Jason Witten said. “He was banged up, too. He can’t even lift his shoulder past his nose. That was good for us to get the running game going.”