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Skins Come Up Big in All Areas in Win Over Dallas

The Washington Redskins came into Texas Stadium ready to make a statement. They wanted to show, on the national stage, that they are not to be taken lightly in the NFC East. They did exactly that in a 26-24 victory over the division leading Dallas Cowboys.

Going up against the strongest team in the NFL the Washington offensive line gave Jason Campbell more than enough time to throw. He completed 14 out of 20 passes for 188 yards and 2 touchdowns in the first half alone. Clinton Portis did his job running for an average of 5 yards and a catch for 10 more.

The secondary did a decent job by not letting up the big play. They held the Cowboys to a flurry of short yard passes. Marion Barber was not allowed to run wild and Felix Jones was very well contained on kick returns.

Coming out of the locker room after the half the defensive backfield seemed to be caught off guard by a quick strike to Terrell Owens to tie the game up.

The young quarterback out of Auburn did a great job of trying to answer back. Campbell avoided multiple sacks and drove his team to the redzone. Two touchdown passes were thrown, but they were called back on two penalties by center Casey Rabach. They were forced to settle for a Shaun Suisam field goal.

As the Cowboys tried to take a hold of the game, safety, Chris Horton came up with a big interception to help keep the Skins in the lead. The offense was not able to capitalize on the turnover due to a stiff Cowboys D. Suisam added another three points to extend the lead to 6 points.

It seemed as though the secondary showed signs of weakness by letting the Cowboys battle back, but the team managed to stave of the home team. Miles Austin caught a late touchdown pass and Nick Folk added the extra point, which made it a two-point game. But Sam Hurd couldn’t come up with the football on the onsides kick and that sealed the deal in favor of Washington.

With that victory, the Redskins jump up to second place in the strongest conference in the NFL.

Jason Campbell ended the game going 20 for 31 with 231 yards and no interceptions. Clinton Portis got 23 touches for 135 yards which included a very strong run up the middle for 31 yards. Shaun Suisam was a perfect 4 for 4 on field goals and tacked on two extra points.

Washington must ride this wave of confidence into next week. They take on another strong division rival in the Philadelphia Eagles. Philly was just shocked in their loss to the Chicago Bears, so this will be a good time to kick them while they are down.

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