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Redskins-Cowboys, Best and Worst


(By Jonathan Newton - TWP)


Best Play: DeAngelo Hall's forced fumble and return for a touchdown to close out the first half, quite obviously. Co-workers had just been remarking how the crowd seemed to have taken several thousand gulps of antihistamines when Hall, virtually by himself, woke the place up. Then he front-flipped back-flipped into the end zone. It's at least the seventh game Hall has come up with a turnover in the 21 he's played for Washington.

Worst Playcall: Same. Seriously Wade? I mean, more power to you, but Super Bowl teams don't necessarily attempt screen passes from their own 36 with less than 10 seconds to go before halftime.

Best Play That Doesn't Have a Stat: Brian Orakpo slayed Alex Barron on the game's final play, forcing Barron to attempt a sleeper hold on Orakpo's neck. The inevitable holding call wiped out what seemed like a last-second Roy Williams touchdown grab, leaving all the fans -- Dallas and Washington -- cheering at once.

Worst Feeling in Your Gut: Man, for the 0.000001 seconds before someone in the press box yelled out "Flag!!!!!!!," I legitimately considered vomiting on my laptop.

Best Sign Of Hope, Part I: The stands were packed. Legitimately packed. There were a sprinkling of empties in the 400-level, but somehow the club level was jammed, and the lower-level the same, a great burgundy sea of flesh and booze. And even better, the whole lot of them stayed standing through at least the first offensive play, many for far longer. And during Washington's final, time-sucking drive, everyone that I could see was standing up.

A lot of people looked with envy at the Virginia Tech-Boise State crowd a week ago. This was at least a jolt. The announced attendance was 90,670, which the Redskins said was the fourth-largest in team history.

Worst Display of NFC East Football: The Cowboys had momentum and the ball early in the fourth quarter. They started the drive with four runs for 27 yards. Then came an illegal block on a pass, a short completion, an incompletion, a holding call, and a false start.

On their next drive, the Cowboys went pass, pass, run for minus-4 yards.

Best Player: Not to be a fuddy-dud, but I'm getting to the point in my life where the Romanesque pointing to the Gods after bottling up 13-yard gains sort of irritates me. Still, ignore that for a minute, and LaRon Landry was the game's best player. He had 17 tackles (13 solo), 19 flexes, mostly kept himself from the out-of-control attacks, and didn't pick up a single personal foul.

Worst Clock Management: Maybe it didn't wind up mattering, but it just makes my kidneys ache when teams burn timeouts early in the second half. The Redskins incinerated two within the first four minutes of the third quarter. If Jim Zorn and/or Jason Campbell did that, there would be rage.

Best Attempted Gift: Orlando Scandrick emphasized just how inept the Cowboys were in all phases of the game by jumping offsides on a successful Redskins' field-goal attempt in the third quarter. The Redskins responded by taking points off the board. And everyone within 12,000 miles got to use the phrase "take points off the board."

Worst Refused Gift: After three incomplete tosses into the end zone, the Redskins tried to attempt a shorter field goal, but the snap was high and Josh Bidwell couldn't get it down. So I guess Scandrick actually helped his team. Heads-up play, there. I'm fine with taking points off the board, by the way, especially when it was a two-possession game with or without the points.

Best Sign of Hope, Part II: On the Redskins' first drive, they faced three third-and-longs. On the first, McNabb found Santana Moss for a 16-yard gain. On the second, McNabb darted away from pressure and sprinted for a 17-yard gain. And on the third, McNabb avoided pressure long enough to throw the ball away without taking a sack or turning it over. The Redskins wound up with three points on that drive, the first time they'd scored on their opening drive of the season since 2006. Those were McNabb's three points.

Meantime, in Oakland, there were fumbles. Oh, there were fumbles.

Worst Penalty Flag: Late in the first quarter, Hall was dragging down Dez Bryant for a one-yard loss when London Fletcher came in to help. Bryant was obviously going down. He would be down in a split-second. But he wasn't down. Fletcher flew into the picture, and was whistled for a personal foul. If that's a late hit, then every game should have about 17 of them.

Best Nelson Ha-Ha Moment, Part I: Kevin Kolb. Ha-ha.




Worst Image of Team Unity: Figures.

(Via @xmasApe)

Best Use of Boos: After Bidwell's folly on the field-goal attempt, he managed 27 yards on his next punt. Third-string punter Chris Cooley could definitely punt it 28 yards. The home fans booed their punter, loudly.

Worst Pre-Game Cheer: Walking through the concourse before the game, there were plenty of chants of "Dallas Sucks" and "We Want Dallas," chants that rose up organically from the rowdy crowd. That was cool.

There was also the choreographed pre-game cheer that began with Chief Zee on the big screens, and then morphed into the massive flashing words, commanding fans to chant "We Want Dallas" on cue. In the historical annals, the "We Want Dallas" thing rises up from the spleen, leaking bile and various other bodily fluids all over the mud and turf. I prefer that one.

Best Nelson Ha-Ha Moment, Part II: The Cowboys bench called a timeout just before Marion Barber got loose for what would have been a 58-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Then Tony Romo got mad. Ha-ha.


(By Evan Vucci - AP)

Worst Front-Running Doorknob: Was there ever any doubt that LeBron James would be a Cowboys fan?

"In DC for My Cowboys game tonight. Gonna be a lot of sad faces tonight in this area. Lol!!" he wrote on Twitter before the game. "All of this Maroon and Yellow is making me sick to the stomach! Haaa."

Haaa. There's this quaint tradition of fans actually rooting for their hometown team, sticking with that loyalty through good times and bad. On the other hand, some people just choose random cities to support and abandon their hometowns. That, believe it or not, would be LeBron.

Apparently, he ended the night by catching a pass from Joe Theismann in the parking lot (really), and by Tweeting this:

Penalties killed us all game and it cost us all the way to the end! #crazy

Yup. #Crazy how overhyped teams wind up killing themselves.
Best Gesture of Class: During the first TV timeout, the Redskins honored longtime usher Charlie White with an extended tribute on the big screens. White has been ushering for 72 years, and has seen virtually every Washington home game in that span.

Worst Non-Football News: John Wall and Trevor Booker are both Cowboys fans?

Worst Hands: Carlos Rogers, now and forever.

Best News: The Redskins are tied for first in the NFC East. The Cowboys and Eagles are not.

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 12, 2010; 11:38 PM ET
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Comments

+22!!

this is why i love the Bog.. good stuff dan ;-)

HAIL!!

Posted by: 3tripleiii | September 13, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Can we please get Rogers some krazy glue? Oh and First

Posted by: bindeda | September 13, 2010 12:07 AM | Report abuse

I shouldn't quibble, but that was a front flip by Hall on his TD. Double style points for that.

Posted by: justmike | September 13, 2010 12:16 AM | Report abuse

Just FYI, but that late hit flag on Fletcher was legit. While the player wasn't down yet, the official blew the whistle on the play since D-lo had him well wrapped up and stopped his forward progress. So Fletcher did indeed nail him late.

Posted by: Hokienautic | September 13, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Hall and Landry had fantastic games. The Skins D-line, not so much. And confirming justmike, it was a front flip.

Posted by: ncromcr | September 13, 2010 12:32 AM | Report abuse

carlos rogers picks off that ball that was so gently laid unto his supple hands and it's game over. remember him in the offseason when he was stating that his drops were vastly overrated by fans and media?

Posted by: sa11231 | September 13, 2010 12:37 AM | Report abuse

p.s. where are all the cowboy trollers tonight?

Posted by: sa11231 | September 13, 2010 12:39 AM | Report abuse

I wouldn't blame Rogers for that missed interception- that would have been a tough play for anyone. It's the easy ones he drops that drive me crazy. Good game for him tonight, anyway.

Posted by: justmike | September 13, 2010 12:41 AM | Report abuse

Ohhh what to do with Haynesworth. Texans coming. They've got runners.

Posted by: wd324 | September 13, 2010 12:44 AM | Report abuse

We're not actually tied for first. We have a better division record than the Giants so we get the tie breaker.

Posted by: treidem | September 13, 2010 12:46 AM | Report abuse

"Worst Hands: Carlos Rogers, now and forever." Hahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah.

Posted by: SonnyFan | September 13, 2010 12:48 AM | Report abuse

Nelson to Steinberg- HAH! HAH! Made you corrct yourself!

Posted by: justmike | September 13, 2010 12:49 AM | Report abuse

Worst imitation of an NFL punter/field goal holder: Josh Bidwell.

Best imitation of a soon-to-unemployed-NFL-punter/field goal holder: Josh Bidwell.

Posted by: noslok | September 13, 2010 4:49 AM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPR108kwNo4

Posted by: stevebeagrie | September 13, 2010 5:15 AM | Report abuse

"Worst Feeling in Your Gut: Man, for the 0.000001 seconds before someone in the press box yelled out "Flag!!!!!!!," I legitimately considered vomiting on my laptop."

Ditto.

Posted by: JulzDC | September 13, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Biggest d-bag at the game last night: Dan Steinberg

Posted by: dbunkr | September 13, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Not a Haynesworth apologist here, but the shot of him standing by himself on the sideline was not how Collinsworth made it sound. If you'll notice, the "defensive meeting" that he was not being a prt of was the linebackers and d-backs. Just sayin'.

Posted by: vt901 | September 13, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Caption for the Haynesworth photo:

"Albert's pre-game meal of beans and cabbage made him deeply unpopular with his Redskins teammates"

Posted by: Hoosierdaddy1 | September 13, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

I missed the Charlie White story the first time around, so thanks for linking to it again. If he had only known when he named his son Danny though...

Posted by: doubleuefwhy | September 13, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

@dbunkr, please phrase your suggestion in the form of "best" or "worst." For example, "Worst D-Bag At the Game Last Night" would work.

Posted by: DanSteinberg1 | September 13, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Sorry Dan, "Worst D-bag at Game Last Night"
Dan Steinberg. See "Kevin Kolb Ha-Ha" --- that's low. Celebrating injuries is about as bad as it gets -- you are a big d-bag for doing so.

Posted by: dbunkr | September 13, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Ah, I see.

The Kolb thing was supposed to refer to his being awful, not his being injured. But I see why it would come across wrong. Apologies to the Kolb family.

Posted by: DanSteinberg1 | September 13, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, @dbunkr. And calling someone a d-bag is real classy. Nice going. Not the way to make a point. And I thought it was fairly obvious Steinberg was "Ha-ha-ing" at Kolb's awful play, not his injury.

Posted by: CDon | September 13, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Worst comment: After the loss on ESPN Dallas coach says "'Skins offense still haven't scored on TD on us." What a Putz!

Posted by: boyn4884 | September 13, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

I nearly got into a fist fight with my 23 year old son...I was yelling, 'You never take the points off the board...!' Three plays later, the Skins botched the next attempt. He claimed that I jinxed the team. At that time I told him, '...just watch, the Skins are going to lose by one point at the end of the game!' Two things I didn't count on: 1. The coach is Shanahan not Zorn 2. ORAKPO

Posted by: bobleme | September 13, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

I nearly got into a fist fight with my 23 year old son...I was yelling, 'You never take the points off the board...!' Three plays later, the Skins botched the next attempt. He claimed that I jinxed the team. At that time I told him, '...just watch, the Skins are going to lose by one point at the end of the game!' Two things I didn't count on: 1. The coach is Shanahan not Zorn 2. ORAKPO

Posted by: bobleme | September 13, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

John Wall is a Cowboys fan??? He's dead to me...

Posted by: yampaco | September 13, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

armstrong seems to be getting off easy for his drops in the endzone.

Posted by: Effyeahterps | September 13, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

im sorry the worst play call was the debacle by the skins throwing fade routes to williams instaed of punching the ball in with run game or attempts to cooley or moss.

that should have cost us the game lucky the football gods were with us last night!

Posted by: nivla | September 13, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

armstrong seems to be getting off easy for his drops in the endzone.

Posted by: Effyeahterps | September 13, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse


I am so glad that someone else feels the same way that I do! I mean, wasn't he supposed to be working his way into the starting line up. Preseason is over Armstrong. Either catch the ball or give DT or Terrance Austin a chance to get out there and play! Its just week one, but still! CATCH THE BALL ANTHONY!!!!

Hail!!!

Posted by: myeldell | September 13, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

On behalf of the entire Kolb family I accept your gracious apology Dan. I guess you aren't a d-bag after all. Sniff...

Posted by: dbunkr | September 13, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

And one more thing......

I am sick of hearing that the Cowboys beat themselves! NOO!!! THE REDSKINS DEFENSE BEAT THE COWBOYS OFFENSE!!! The media just can't stand to talk down at the Cowboys! Our defense is the reason that Barron was called for holding 3 times last night! If he didn't hold Orakpo, Orakpo would have had a sack and ended the game! The touchdown would've never happened. You play the game to win, and we came out on top thanks to Defense. Our offense is a work in progress, but our defense won that game for us! Please for the love of all that is holy, stop saying that the Cowboys beat themselves! #thatisall

HAIL!!!!

Posted by: myeldell | September 13, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Not a Haynesworth apologist here, but the shot of him standing by himself on the sideline was not how Collinsworth made it sound. If you'll notice, the "defensive meeting" that he was not being a prt of was the linebackers and d-backs. Just sayin'.

Posted by: vt901 | September 13, 2010 9:04

Good catch vt901. Makes it less egregious. I was annoyed at AH at first, but got a different perspective when Doc Walker said it best: "I'd be upset if Albert wasn't mad that he wasn't in the game." At least he still wants to play ball, even if it's for selfish reasons. The relationship between him & Shanny is beyond repairable now though.

Dan, I have to disagree with your worst penalty flag. It was definitely the flag thrown on Cooley in the final minutes for moving forward before the snap. I don't know what the ref could have been watching, because Cooley didn't even flinch & no one else was in motion. In my opinion, we were on a touchdown drive until that call. At that point, I was calling FIX, until the last play of the game of course!

Posted by: wisdom80 | September 13, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Carlos Rogers....he did it again, dropping an INT that would have ended the game. Thank goodness it didn't cost us the game. The more things change the more they stay the same. Hail!!

Posted by: kdofour2000 | September 13, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Best visual image: The Redskins wearing the burgundy jerseys with gold pants. LOVED IT.

Posted by: hamilton518 | September 13, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

How about Best Sign of Hope, Part III - the play of Trent Williams. Yeah he got beat on one sack but other than that he played exceptionally well against one of, if not the, best defensive linemen in the game.

Posted by: Aerowaz | September 13, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Steinberg for stealing my FB status from last night: "LeBron is a big Dallas fan. Of course he is."

Posted by: JS26121820 | September 13, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

That should be one "beat." Wish I had the Steinberg strikethrough option on posts.

Posted by: Aerowaz | September 13, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Thought I'd give your deep "bog" a try (fail). Clearly not for adults. Seems like an easy job.

Could have done without the juvenile "vomit" reference. Your are an adult, right? You look like one. I guess it's "cool" to be edgy at any age.

Worst outfit: t-shirt on James (How's that Hopey Changey thing working out?)

Posted by: 1wintergreen1 | September 13, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

And just to pile on Lebron, I have reliable information that he is also notorious in the make-a-wish foundation for refusing to meet any of the kids, and on the rare occasion he does, has ridiculous rules about not touching him or speaking to them. Let the Lebron bashing continue!

Posted by: 47mccoy | September 13, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Stop rippin Steinberg for laughin about Kolb!! The guy went out with a "jaw" injury!!?? Really!!!??? I could see that maybe being a problem if Kolb was filming a gay porn video. It's football, you shake that stuff off!

After what Vick did in the second half it will not surprise me in the least if he is the starter. I know Reid said He'll stay with Kolb, but Vick gives them a better chance to win!! The dmb ass did however trade his franchise QB in the division so who knows! I just want to ask all the Philly fans, what are you gonna say when your team is a joke now that you shipped your #1 excuse for everything out of town!!!??

Skins note: Hail!!!!

Nice to see the Skins claw out a win in a game when they were basically out played! That hasn't happened often lately for this team and it's great!!!!

Dallas fans: hahahahahahahahahhahahahahaha!!!!

Posted by: skins91r | September 13, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Redskins vs Cowboys: Game 1 was close but SKINS came out on top! Both teams looked rusty so we cant say if this or if that, lol! It seems like most of the time when SKINS r in that type of game, they dont come out on top so its nice 2C it go there way everyonce in awhile! Cowboys made some mistakes that ppl thought cost them the game but Redskins had there share of mistakes 2! SKINS had alot of dropped passes that caused them from executing the ball down field! That blown field goal didnt help either & as far has that holding penalty goes on that last play, SKINS should of had that interception a few plays b4 that anyway, if u wanna talk about mistakes + skins might of got a sack if he didnt get held! It was a sloppy game so no excuses, Redskins won that 1! Who ever plays w/ better fundamentals on the next match up w/ the Redskins vs Dallas, thats who will probably win the next game & im sure Redskins new coach & Q.B. will b prepared 2 Git-r-Done! Redskins got a more THOROUGH stystem & team this yr & if they can all join as 1 & give 100%, they should b able 2 have there way in the NFL! Stay open minded but THOROUGH folks! Loyal SKINS fan: E

Posted by: E-34-P | September 14, 2010 2:28 AM | Report abuse

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