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Sunday, November 18, 2007

At Halftime, Deadskins lead 10-7 with a field goal as the clock expired

The Deadskins start the second quarter with the ball. On 1st and 10 Portis runs for for 6. On second and 4, Portis runs for two more. On 3rd and 2 Jacque Reeves almost makes an interception but the pass is caught by McCardell for a first. Campbell rolls out and looks to pass but he has a wide open field and runs for 12 yards. Campbell pitches put to Randell El, who appeared to be in trouble in the backfield, but he avoided it and found Cooley in the middle of the field for another first down. On 1st and 10 Betts gets two yards. On 2nd and 8 a pass goes for a few more yards even though it appeared there was a massive hold on the play not called. After consultation it looked like it was Ratliff who was held on that play. On 3rd and 3 Skins can't get. They attempt a 50 yard field goal but miss. Dallas is lucky here not to be down by 10 points.

Dallas needs to score here. MB3 gets the ball and runs for four yards. On 2nd and 6 MB3 gets the pass over the middle and falls over for a first down. On 1st and 10 Barber gets the pitch out and runs hard for six yards. On 2nd and 4 Barber gets it again but cannot break enough tackles for a gain. On 3rd and 4 it's another high snap over Romo's head. Again, the ball has an uncanny bounce right into Romo's hands and he converts the pass to Witten. It's amazing how calm Romo can remain under stress. Note three bad snaps this game, two over Romo's head. On 1st and 10 Barber runs for a yard. On 2nd and 9 a pass to Witten goes for 6. On 3rd and 2 Witten catches a pass for a first down. On 1st and 10 there's a penalty on Witten for hands to the face which nulls a nice run by Barber. On 1st and 20 on the Deadskins 37 yard line Witten catches it for five yards. On 2nd and 15 there's a blitz and Romo rushes the pass into double coverage. A bad decision by Romo almost was intercepted by Fletcher. On 3rd and 15 Romo was under pressure again but he lobs a pass to T.O. who catches it for a first down and goal. Very nice play for Romo, who barely got the ball off under pressure. Springs had poor coverage on Owens.

On First and Goal Jones gets the ball for about 4 yards. On 2nd and Goal Romo throws a touchdown to Terrell Owens who is one on one with Shawn Springs. It was decent coverage but T.O. turned back and made the catch, the 123rd for his career, tying him for third with Marvin Harrison.

The Deadskins with 30 second left are driving and are now on the Dallas 40 after an 8 yard catch and run by Portis. Another 7 or so yards and the Deadskins are in field goal range. Campbell was under pressure and lobs a pass in the middle of the field where Randell El dives for a catch. The Deadskins are able to stop the clock. A 45-yard field goal attempt is good and the Deadskins regain the lead 10-7 at the break.

Summary: I think Gurode may want to practice snapping during the break. Three bad snaps did hurt Dallas. The defense adjusted well after a first-series touchdown drive by the Deadskins, who are obviously playing hard. Romo through one interception on one of those bad snaps, when it seemed Romo should have thrown the ball away. Other than that, it's another slow start for the Cowboys. Dallas has dominated the second half all season long. Expect no different.

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