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Redskins hold Cowboys scoreless and lead 3-0

The first half came down to a single field goal for the Redskins and more than a few unhappy fans for the Cowboys. Even without defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth clogging the middle, Washington managed to hold Dallas scoreless in the opening half, and built a 3-0 lead on the leg of kicker Shaun Suisham.

The Redskins, though, botched an excellent scoring opportunity in the closing seconds of the half. Quarterback Jason Campbell looked good running their two-minute offense, starting on their own 36-yard line with 1 minute, 12 seconds to play. Five pass plays later - 44 yards on four completions - the Redskins were on Dallas' 20.

But on the ensuing play, Campbell appeared to run out of bounds - a Cowboys' sack - and the Redskins were then called for a delay-of-game penalty on third-and-6 from the 25-yard line. As the Redskins prepared for a 48-yard field goal attempt, officials reviewed the Campbell sack and decided he released the ball before going out of bounds. The delay-of-game penalty was also negated, and Suisham lined up a 39-yard attempt. His kick, though, sailed wide left - his first miss of the season.

Dallas' best scoring opportunity came in the half's final minutes. But Cowboys' kicker Nick Folk missed a 46-yard field goal attempt with one minutes, 18 seconds remaining.

Also in the final minutes of the quarter, Ladell Betts was carted off the sidelines and into the locker room area. Betts drew just his second start of the season and suffered a knee injury in the opening quarter. He was wearing a clunky immobilizing knee brace as he was carted away. He finished the game with just five yards on four carries.

Taking his place, Redskins running back Rock Cartwright has kept the Washington offense alive. He finished the half with 56 yards on five carries - most on a nifty 34-yard run midway through the second.

Dallas has been leaning heavily on its run game. Though it's been effective, it hasn't gotten the Cowboys in the end zone. Marion Barber finished the half with 70 yards on 13 carries. Felix Jones chipped in another 37 on eight carries.

The Cowboys running game was about the only thing working well. Tony Romo was only 6-of-12 for 62 yards in the opening half.

For the Redskins, Campbell was 10-of-16 for 111 yards in the first half.

At the 10:22 mark of the second quarter, the Redskins got on the scoreboard first. Suisham hit a 45-yard field goal to cap a 10-play, 45-yard drive. The Redskins had some momentum on the drive, but Campbell was sacked by Dallas linebacker Keith Brooking on the 25-yard line, suffering a 10-yard loss.

As for Suisham, until the missed field goal to close the half, he'd been about as dependable as anyone in a Redskins uniform. He's now 13-of-14 on the year, including 5-for-5 on attempts of 40-or-more yards. Last year, he was only 26-of-36 on the season, prompting team officials to consider a kicker change.

Cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who suffered a knee contusion in the opening quarter, returned to play in the second.

By Rick Maese  |  November 22, 2009; 2:35 PM ET
 
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Comments

The problem is....they lot Swiss HAm stay on the field and get cold for like 10/15 minutes....They should have ran him off the field so he can stay in his routine....

JZ blows as HC....

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 22, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Guys, we're still in a good spot! Let's hope we can come out of halftime with an opening score!

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | November 22, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Dallas indeed sucks......

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 22, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Why did that f_cking p_ssy kick on 3rd down go for the TD you jacka$$.

Posted by: Flounder21 | November 22, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

There must have been some rule change recently because you always used to be able to kick on 4th down if you missed on third down.

Posted by: Thundershock | November 22, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I don't ever recall that. That must of been in the 1950's or something

Posted by: ga8085 | November 22, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Question: If the FG attempt was on 3rd down, why was there no play on 4th down? Or does a missed FG automatically mean a change of possession?

Posted by: jiacinto | November 22, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Even with his playcalling taken away, the mighty Zorn strikes again..

Posted by: ga8085 | November 22, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

pathetic sequence to end that first half.

Posted by: snydercash4clunkers | November 22, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

turning point in the game is the missed FG by suisham. unless the Skins come out and score a TOUCHDOWN to open the 3rd, kiss this game goodbye. Cowboys are playing Redskin football, run down the throat and get the defense tired. only a matter of time till they break a big one.

Posted by: kman2 | November 22, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

If you get the kick off and miss the ball changes hands at the spot of the hold.

Posted by: ssh1549 | November 22, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

That's the exasperating part Steve, he argues, gets what he wants, and then kicks it anyway. 15 seconds is a lifetime. You throw it TO THE ENDZONE or the 3RD ROW, and then let your kicker kick an extra point or a FG. Not rocket science.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | November 22, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Why did that f_cking p_ssy kick on 3rd down go for the TD you jacka$$.

best way to sum up the thoughts of every skins fan watching the game, u r 3-6 take a shot at the end zone, you just got your first gift call of the year after a bad move by JC and you play it safe, it is not like you are playing for home field advantage or locking up the playoffs. don't we play to win the game- more herm and less sherm

Posted by: stivic | November 22, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

JReid, if you don't ask Zorn about that 3rd down decision, you do not deserve to be called The Mayor. Time to hold his azz to the fire.

Posted by: Curzon417 | November 22, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

For those of you who are angry that they went for the FG it could very well have led to a DAL turnover or interception. Then you would be screaming at Zorn for not going for the FG.

Posted by: jiacinto | November 22, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Missed attempted FG (that is actually kicked) turns over possession. If there is a fumbled snap or hold problem, you can fall on it and kick again on 4th.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | November 22, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | November 22, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

They need to get a good KO return and a score(fg/td).

Posted by: dargregmag | November 22, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

YEAH! THAT'S THE WAY TO OPEN THE HALF! BIG RETURN BY DEVIN!

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | November 22, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

DT!! That's how you run back a KO!

Posted by: Curzon417 | November 22, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

nice return, good thing we didnt let him do that before rock became the starter!

Posted by: snydercash4clunkers | November 22, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Yeah and if JC gets sacked before he throws the ball away and the time runs out then he would be called an idiot for not kicking the field goal.

Posted by: lifelongfan | November 22, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

chad rhinehart...on the ground with...an...injury...

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | November 22, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

JFK, I swear I've heard NFL commentators suggest as much in past seasons, you're not the only one unclear on that.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | November 22, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Oh no... Rhino hurt...............................

Posted by: cocodc1 | November 22, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

If he went and Campbell or another PLAYER F'ed it up, I would blame the player, unless the play call was stupid like throwing in the field of play.

The move was to go for the endzone.

Zorn's game management continues to SUCK.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | November 22, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

For those of you who are angry that they went for the FG it could very well have led to a DAL turnover or interception. Then you would be screaming at Zorn for not going for the FG.

Posted by: jiacinto | November 22, 2009 2:46 PM

This is why God blessed us with 20-20 hindsight. This, and for looking at chicks' butts as they walk away.

Posted by: League-Source | November 22, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

That would most likely be a right ankle disturbance.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | November 22, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Rhinehart on the cart...whatever Bugel does...DO NOT PUT IN BATISTE!

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | November 22, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I just figured it out"

There are no plays in Zorn's playbook that allows the QB to throw the ball into the endzone from 21 yards out. That must be the reason because 31 other headcoaches would have take a shot.

Posted by: kingpenn1 | November 22, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Rino broke his leg...

Posted by: edvar | November 22, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Rino's season just ended. Damn, just when he was getting into a rhythm.

Has anyone got PETE KENDALL'S E/M ADD.?

Posted by: League-Source | November 22, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Rhino, another old injury prone OL. Thanks Vinny!

Posted by: Curzon417 | November 22, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

First down! Randel-El!

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | November 22, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Okay now we are mystery-spot even.

Posted by: SMACK1 | November 22, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

sigh

F Dallas - and stop running the WR screen

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | November 22, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Love to see a fake bubble screen to one side with an fly on the other side.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | November 22, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Couple weeks ago, friend of mine who's a Ravens fan said he hates watching NFC East games. I told him he was crazy. Now it's obvious that I'm crazy. If these weren't my two favorite teams to love and hate, I'd be watching Colts Indy myself.

Posted by: SMACK1 | November 22, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Hunter Smith is our MVP.

Posted by: zjfr2 | November 22, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Curzon, did you just say Rhino is old? Hes an 08 draft pick.

Posted by: champt10 | November 22, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Would love to see a pick-6 by the 'Skins this series...

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | November 22, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Hunter never disappoints.

Posted by: ga8085 | November 22, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

SMACK...I've been peeking at the gme as well......

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 22, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

MVP so far this game is Rock.

Posted by: Thundershock | November 22, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: Curzon417 | November 22, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Nice stand D.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | November 22, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Aikman just described Romo as ginger. Is that a hate crime?

Posted by: Realness1 | November 22, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

YES! STOPPED THE GIRLS ON 3RD AND 2! FOURTH DOWN!

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | November 22, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Nice hit on 3rd down!!

Posted by: ga8085 | November 22, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

How's the Cowboys edict to run the ball working out? Not one deep pass after that first half against the Broncos.

Garrett is a moron. The Cowboys should be scouting sjking Bingo halls across the country.

Posted by: SMACK1 | November 22, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I'm on record as not being a fan of ARE's so called PR "skills". That hasn't changed.

BUT, our "jammers" have GOT to do a better job of not letting the opposing "gunners" get off the line and run down the field completely unfettered.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | November 22, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

I was waiting for Suisham to make his 14th straight and continue a perfect 09 after having missed a league high 10 last year to comment. A long 49 that would have validated what had been relatively short kicks through the year became a 44 then a 39 over a very extended officiating debate. Probably equal to 2 if not 3 time outs to ice a kicker. Shame...

It's a better novelty topic: considering the Skins kicking game over the years with positive forward progress. Remember Steve Spurrier lauding Hall's leg and kicking anything past the 50 yd line? With Hall becoming a workmens comp drain on the team? Then Suisham being likened to a practice squad swipe from Dallas. His ups and downs have been extreme but when he's up he's a stolen treasure from Jerry's back pocket. Still both kicker and punter might be signs of a team and how committed they truly are to winning. The intangible that isn't sexy lest they run and throw TDs.

Alas Dear Horatio your streak is broken. "Horatio says 'tis but our fantasy,/ And will not let belief take hold of him." Yorick, I knew him well. In these hallowed Hall's...

Posted by: chavez66 | November 22, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

THE ROCK!!!!!

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | November 22, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

like I said Rock is MVP :)

Posted by: Thundershock | November 22, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Finally! it took 5 years but JC finally hit a hot read!!!!!!

Posted by: zjfr2 | November 22, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Don't Dis Rock Again !

Posted by: ThrowItToMyTeam | November 22, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

I think Rock has definitely earned more playing time. Forget CP. Wen we have Rock and Bettis playing, we have a pretty good running team. It's hard to believe he's been doing as well as he has been given how the Dallas D-Line is dominating our O-Line

Posted by: Thundershock | November 22, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Another first rate ARE return...
He should donate that portion of his paycheck - he is basically stealing it.

Posted by: ssh1549 | November 22, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

lets hear it for old side steppin randle el....pitiful

Posted by: kingpenn1 | November 22, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Those boos are music to my ears. Whatever happens in this game, the 'Skins have fought manfully. We all know the team and coach's limitations and the injuries have been ridiculous, even by NFL standards.

Keep going, 'Skins!

Posted by: stevebeagrie | November 22, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

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