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Three Phases: Cowboys-Redskins



    Three Phases: Cowboys-Redskins
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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 27: Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys is sacked by Keenan Robinson #52 of the Washington Redskins during the second half at AT&T Stadium on October 27, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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

    Offense: D

    One bright spot: DeMarco Murray extended his NFL record for 100-yard rushing games to start a season to eight. But aside from that, it was ugly. Murray fumbled in the red zone, and it was a miracle the game even got to overtime after Tony Romo's fumble was somehow not recovered by the Redskins inside the Cowboys' 10-yard line in the final minute. Dez Bryant caught a touchdown pass from Brandon Weeden, but was taken out of the game otherwise as he was held to 30 yards on three catches by a rookie cornerback. The offensive line was abused all night long by the Redskins' blitzes.

    Defense: F

    The unit was finally exposed because the Cowboys didn't dominate the time of possession like they have all year. Washington was able to rack up 409 total yards, including 286 through the air from third-string quarterback Colt McCoy. Any time you let Colt McCoy throw for nearly 300 yards and score a go-ahead touchdown on a third-down quarterback draw, you're doing something wrong.

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    Special teams: B

    I'm not giving any unit an A after a loss to the Redskins, but there were no big blemishes here. Dan Bailey was perfect, as always. Chris Jones was good, and the Cowboys' coverage teams were solid. Dwayne Harris hasn't had any big returns this year and was lucky to have held on to a punt he probably shouldn't have fielded in the first place.