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By Donald Lambro
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Topic - Rob Jackson
Orakpo took his first career interception 29 yards into the end zone to break a 10-10 tie at 13:38 of the second.
On Sunday night in Dallas, when a win would have pushed the Washington Redskins right back into the thick of the NFC East title chase, Fletcher's crew did a credible job against one of the NFL's better offenses. And yet, in the end, that didn't matter at all in a 31-16 loss that left the Redskins grasping for answers.
A suspect Washington defense's ability to contain Cowboys QB Tony Romo tops Brian McNally's list of questions heading into the Sunday-night showdown.
Hall got the better of the last matchup, as Bryant was targeted just eight times by quarterback Tony Romo and finished with four receptions for 71 yards and no touchdowns. Washington took the game 28-18 and the division title and playoff spot that went with it.
The numbers are not pretty anywhere on the defensive side of the field for the Washington Redskins. That has been a consistent theme through the first two weeks of the season.
The coaching staff saw improvement in White throughout the summer. He shook off the rust and was a better passer by the end of training camp. That doesn't mean he's ready for a starting job any time soon.
When the Redskins beat Dallas on Dec. 30 to win the NFC East, many players dressed and filed out of the locker room as if it were any old victory. Not Orakpo. He shouted and cheered a title he was not on the field to help win.
Jackson recently re-signed a one-year deal with the Redskins. The team and player were aware of the league's discipline before Jackson re-signed.
While coach Mike Shanahan and the Washington Redskins' coaching staff squirm over the status of quarterback Robert Griffin III's right knee, they turn their attention this week to improving the quality of a roster that entered the offseason with the unfamiliar title of NFC East champions.
A slight smile finally brightened Jim Haslett's hardened countenance after midnight Monday morning. His wife, Beth, and daughter, Kelsey, walked alongside him up the ramp that leads from the Washington Redskins' locker room out of FedEx Field.
Not until Rob Jackson wrapped his hands around another Tony Romo "oops" Sunday night could Washington Redskins fans begin to savor the moment.
When the final seconds ticked off the clock Sunday night and the Washington Redskins had vanquished their rival to complete one of the greatest turnarounds in NFL history, Reed Doughty sprinted onto the field. He jumped and pumped his fist and thrust his helmet into the air.
Tony Romo sat alone on the Dallas bench, his stare frozen at the ground on a cold night in Washington.
When Rob Jackson picked off Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and sealed the Washington Redskins' NFC East-clinching victory Sunday night, the linebacker didn't immediately grasp the magnitude of his accomplishment.
Overall, life is pretty good for the Washington Redskins, riding a five-game winning streak into Sunday's game at the Philadelphia Eagles. Robert Griffin III is expected to play, they control their playoff fate and coach Mike Shanahan said that "every game that we go into now, we believe that we'll win."
"I knew I had to go in there and start fast," Jackson said. "I didn't know how much reps I was going to get throughout the game so I just knew when I was in there I had to be productive. I couldn't just do my job. I had to cause a turnover, make a play."
Jackson, a reserve linebacker who had four interceptions last season, says he's in, at least on special teams.