- The Washington Times - Monday, November 23, 2009


Already playing without linemen Chris Samuels and Randy Thomas and running back Clinton Portis, the Redskins were hit with more injury woes. They lost Portis’ replacement, Ladell Betts, in the first quarter and Thomas’ backup, Chad Rinehart, in the third to serious leg injuries. Rock Cartwright ran for 67 yards on 13 carries.


Although he was sacked only once, Jason Campbell was under frequent pressure behind a makeshift line that included rookie free agent Edwin Williams. Campbell was still able to spread the ball effectively, hitting Malcolm Kelly, Devin Thomas, Fred Davis, Rock Cartwright and Santana Moss for gains of at least 17 yards.


Marion Barber bulled ahead. Felix Jones dashed outside. By halftime, Dallas had 106 yards on 22 carries; it finished with 153 yards on 33 carries as its offensive line dominated Washington’s defensive line, which was missing All-Pro tackle Albert Haynesworth. Barber’s early fumble in the red zone cost the Cowboys points.


Despite little pass rush, the secondary helped make Tony Romo miserable most of the day, but he hit Patrick Crayton for the game-winner with 2:41 left. Rocky McIntosh and London Fletcher dropped interceptions, but Fletcher got one later. Cornelius Griffin had a sack. Brian Orakpo missed one on the winning TD.


Shaun Suisham hit field goals of 45 and 31 yards, but he missed for the first time all year on a 39-yarder after a long delay just before halftime. He added to that a 50-yard miss in the fourth quarter. Devin Thomas returned a kickoff 38 yards. The punt coverage unit allowed a 13-yard return. Punter Hunter Smith didn’t do well.


Missing their best defensive player, top two blockers, ace running back and Pro Bowl tight end, Jim Zorn and his staff survived the loss of the No. 2 back and new right guard and held things together for 57 minutes against the first-place Cowboys on the road. But that still wasn’t enough to prevent another loss in a tough year.

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