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Three Phases: Cowboys-Redskins



    Every week, we'll grade the Cowboys on the three phases of the weekend's game.

    Offense: B-

    This is a tough one to grade for a couple of reasons. First off, DeMarco Murray looked to be on his way to a dominant night before his day ended in the first quarter with a knee sprain, severely limiting Dallas' running game. Second, the Cowboys' special teams and defense were so good that they rarely needed to go very far to score, which led to some underwhelming stats. Tony Romo did throw an interception, but he also threw an amazing pass to Terrance Williams, who made an equally amazing catch for a touchdown. The Cowboys' offensive line was once again really serviceable, and excellent if you're comparing it to Cowboys O-lines of the past. It wasn't a bad night for the offense, and it wasn't a great one. But you can bet they'll take the final result.

    Defense: A

    DeMarcus Ware left the game with an injury in the first half, leaving the Cowboys' already depleted defensive line even thinner than before. Yet, the Cowboys buckled down and turned in a great performance against an albeit lackluster offense. With that said, Robert Griffin III was the best he's looked all year physically and they still have one of the game's better running backs in Alfred Morris. The Cowboys tacked on a score in the fourth quarter after Kyle Wilber sacked Griffin and forced a fumble that Dallas recovered at the Washington 3-yard line.

    Special teams: A+

    Go ahead and hand Dwayne Harris his second NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honor after that performance. The return man extraordinare returned a punt 86 yards for a touchdown and added a 90-yard kickoff that set up another Cowboys touchdown. Dan Bailey converted on his only field goal attempt — a 30-yarder in the fourth quarter.