- The Washington Times - Monday, December 28, 2009


Rock Cartwright ran well five weeks earlier at Cowboys Stadium, but on Sunday he, Quinton Ganther and Marcus Mason combined for just 30 yards on 14 carries. Losing massive right guard Mike Williams to a toe injury in the second quarter didn’t help; the Redskins were shut out at home for the first time in six years.


Santana Moss turned a screen pass into a 29-yard gain. Fred Davis, Cartwright and Ganther all had catches of at least 15 yards. But it was not a good night for quarterback Jason Campbell, who passed for 199 yards while being sacked three times.


Albert Haynesworth teamed with Lorenzo Alexander and H.B. Blades to thwart Marion Barber on consecutive carries to stop Dallas’ first drive of the second half in Washington territory. London Fletcher and Blades followed suit on the Cowboys’ next possession. Still, Barber and Felix Jones combined for 106 yards on 25 carries.


Jason Witten beat LaRon Landry badly for a 69-yard catch and run to set up Dallas’ second touchdown. Patrick Crayton’s 16-yard grab on third-and-9 set up Roy Williams’ touchdown against Reed Doughty and DeAngelo Hall. Doughty hurt his right ankle returning his first career interception. The pass rush was quiet.


Cowboys special teams coach Joe DeCamillis was hospitalized before the game with appendicitis, but the Redskins didn’t seem to benefit from his absence. Hall fumbled a punt return out of bounds. The coverage units performed well. Not much happened otherwise on special teams, usually Washington’s strong suit.


It wasn’t a great way for Jim Zorn to end his home coaching career. The Redskins were generally dominated by their archrivals just five weeks after playing well in a 7-6 road loss to the Cowboys. Washington was shut out for the first time since Oct. 30, 2005, and Greg Blache’s defense didn’t do much better.

• David Elfin can be reached at delfin@washingtontimes.com.

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