Shanahan Era Begins With Positive Results, Redskins Top Struggling Cowboys 13-7

September 12th, 2010 – by Alex

When all was said and done, a holding penalty ended up costing the Dallas Cowboys a victory over the Washington Redskins in the first game of the NFL season for both squads. The call served as an ironically suitable finish to a very lackluster game.

With the score stuck at 13-7 and one shot at victory, Cowboys’ receiver Roy Williams got a 13-yard touchdown catch as time expired that was ultimately nullified by the holding penalty of Alex Barron.

Offensively, the Cowboys had an average game as their preseason struggles seemed to carry over into the first game of the regular season. Quarterback, Tony Romo went 31-for-47 with 282 yards and one touchdown. Running back, Marion Barber had eight rushes for 39 yards. On the receiving side, Miles Austin was the team’s only shining light with ten catches for 146 yards and one touchdown. Dez Bryant also showed flashes of brilliance en route to an eight catch 56 yard performance.

In his official Washington Redskins debut regular season game, Donovan McNabb went 15-for-32, 171 yards and had no touchdowns. Running back, Clinton Portis didn’t help his new quarterback much, going for 63 yards on 18 rushes. On the receiving side, Chris Cooley and Santana Moss had six receptions for 80 yards and six receptions for 77 yards, respectively.

In a game that everyone was excited about because of the offenses involved, it was the Redskins’ defense that had the biggest play of the night. Cornerback, DeAngelo Hall returned a fumble for 32 yards in what ended up being the team’s only touchdown of the evening.

It looked like the Cowboys would put points on the board when they moved inside the Washington 40-yard line on three of their first four drives, but they ended up not scoring on any of them. The night’s most memorably Cowboy drive, however, came with 1:45 left in the game. Dallas began on their own 19 yard line, and at one point, converted a fourth-and-10 on the Redskins 43 yard line when Austin took advantage of a buster Redskins defense. Three plays later, Williams ended up catching the aforementioned touchdown that didn’t count that would have won the Cowboys the game.

From a betting stand point, the touchdown that didn’t count didn’t really matter to Cowboys bettors. With the NFL Betting Odds favoring the Cowboys by 3, a one point win would have done nothing for the outcome against the spread. This low scoring affair went to the under as the total was set at 40 by several of the Best Online Sportsbooks.

The Redskins (1-0) next game is against the Houston Texans (1-0) while the Cowboys (0-1) will try to redeem themselves against the Chicago Bears (1-0)  in the NFL Week 2 Matchups.

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