A couple first half fumbles have let the Redskins hang around. Washington squandered one great opportunity to take a two-score lead, and so the Cowboys lead at half after getting into the end zone.
A first down pass on the Cowboys opening drive to Jason Witten made Tony Romo and Witten the first quarterback-tight end combo with 600 completions in their time together. That’s nice and all, but Dallas was still punting plays later.
Andre Roberts returned the punt into Dallas territory to set Washington up for an opening score. Washington actually ran the read option with Colt McCoy for a hilarious no gain on the drive. Nevertheless, the possession progressed enough to get a 44-yard field goal from Kai Forbath to open scoring.
A few possessions later, known Dillard’s thief Joseph Randle fumbled on Dallas’ side of the field. Washington wasted their chance to further their lead when Colt McCoy threw an interception in the end zone.
A swing pass to DeMarco Murray went for 36 yards and should have given the Cowboys a chance to advance into the red zone for the first, but Murray refused to go down amid four defenders and was stripped for the second Dallas fumble of the half. It also marked Murray’s fifth lost fumble of the season.
The Redskins were hit with an odd unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for a player entering and exiting their huddle to stifle their next drive. From there, Dallas finally got on the board when a long drive ended with Dez Bryant running through Ryan Clark to get the Cowboys on the board and a 7-3 lead at half.