Here's my recap with postgame reaction from Phillip Daniels and Mike Shanahan on SB Nation DC. Thanks to all the guys over there for helping me snag credentials. They do a tremendous job keeping readers updated on the DC sports scene and it is a pleasure working with them.
I write a weekly column on Fridays for them and also do some editing on Saturdays.
Anyways now for my players of the game.
Defensively, I was tempted to pick LaRon Landry, but DeAngelo Hall answered the critics tonight in every way possible.
Not only did he force, recover, and return a Tashard Choice fumble for a touchdown at the end of the half, Hall also stood up to the bigger Dez Bryant all night long.
Bryant weighs in at 217. Hall tips the scales at 195. Several times Hall, notorious for missing tackles, brought down Bryant on screen passes. The Cowboys were trying to exploit his lack of size, but Hall would have none of it tonight.
"I have had some big plays in my career, but I don't think I have had that big of a play in a Redskins uniform," he said after the game. "It felt real good."
Hall had eight tackles and two passes defensed to go along his touchdown heroics, making him the defensive player of the game in my book.
The offense didn't play all that well. They only scored six points, but the running game picked up late and they didn't turn the ball over against a ferocious front seven.
Work needs to be done offensively, but the Redskins came into this game overmatched against the Dallas defense and still managed to protect the football while moving the chains 17 times.
Chris Cooley had a terrific all around day. He lined up in the backfield next to McNabb on several third downs; he went in motion often; and he pulled in six passes for 80 yards. His blocking was much improved in the run game as well, and he expressed his excitement to me on how he's being used.
"I feel so comfortable moving around in the offense. I feel comfortable lining up in different positions and getting lots of different looks," he said. "I love moving around and hopefully we'll be able to continue to do that and I'll be able to continue to make plays for us."
Tonight he made enough plays to earn my nod as the offensive player of the game.