Well DeAngelo Hall was certainly the player of the first half. Dallas came out and tested him early with the much bigger Dez Bryant and Hall stood his ground. He has seven tackles so far and attacked Bryant whenever he caught the ball.
For a guy who is considered a terrible tackler, Hall isn't letting that get in his way tonight. He looked good throughout the first stanza, and then on the last play of the half he became a hero.
Hall wrenched the ball loose from running back Tashard Choice on the final play of the half. He scooped it up and took it back 27 yards for a score. Talk about a man possessed; Hall has been the sparkplug on an otherwise bland evening of football.
The fumble return for a TD was the first one since Sean Taylor did it against Philadelphia in 2006. Hall celebrated with a nifty flip into the endzone and the Redskins go into the locker room up 10-0.
That won't be enough, but it's some breathing room the Redskins couldn't get when they led Dallas 6-0 in the fourth quarter of last year's first showdown with the Cowboys.
Key stats: McNabb went 3-5 for 32 yards on his first drive. After that he has gone 5-10 for 56 yards. He has only completed passes to Moss, Cooley, and Portis. So the concerns regarding the lack of secondary options in the passing game seem to be validated thus far.
McNabb passed Troy Aikman and is now 22nd in all-time passing yards with 32,957 yards.