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But there is risk, as Dallas proved Monday night. When the Redskins blitzed eight on two out of three plays, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo improvised in the pocket and completed a 30-yard pass on third-and-21. Rushing eight defenders left cornerback DeAngelo Hall without any help.

That’s just part of this scheme, though, players say. Monday’s lost gamble won’t scare them off.

“We want to attack,” linebacker Ryan Kerrigan said. “You want to keep the offense on their toes, and that’s what our mentality is. I’m behind Haz and whatever he calls. That’s what I think, and I’d say everyone else on the team is as well. I love that mentality that we’re going to attack no matter what the situation is.”