Redskins’ latest loss is nothing special

Despite playing for the first time in two weeks, the Redskins fell to 1-4 with a disappointing 31-16 loss to the Cowboys in a big NFC East game Dallas.

It was a performance that left the team’s quarterback, who completed 19 of 39 passes for 246 yards, promising that it isn’t giving up. “There’s no quit in this team. Period,” Robert Griffin III said. “You’ll never see us out there quit. I tell it to the guys every single time we go out there: If you don’t want to be out here to win, don’t come.”

Although Griffin appeared to have regained some speed and mobility, a loss is still a loss. “There are no moral victories. Period,” he said. “Especially on this team.”

Coach Mike Shanahan promised that special teams, whose play was so atrocious Sunday night, would merit special attention with the Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos up next.

They’ll be back next Sunday at 1 p.m. and so will we. Thanks for staying up late with us tonight.

RGIII: “We’re close, but close doesn’t do it”

Quarterback Robert Griffin III sounded mostly upbeat despite the loss.

“We’re close on offense, but close doesn’t do it in this league, so there’s definitely a lot of positives for us coming out of it. We did move the ball effectively the majority of the game, we’ve just got to punch it in when we get into the red zone and finish those drives. That’s the positive you can take out of it.”

As for being 1-4 …

“I heard a couple of guy in there [the locker room] say, ‘This is the NFL. It’s a long season.’ For me, my message to the team would be: we have to continue to push through. … No matter what your record says, you have go out and put your best foot forward every game. If you’re not out there to win, then don’t come on that field.”

RGIII had a stellar rookie debut in Dallas last Thanksgiving, but since then he’s had major knee surgery. Not that he was ready to use that as an excuse.

“There’s no excuses. You’re not going to get any excuses from this guy. We lost the game because we didn’t play well enough to win the game in all three phases of the game. We have to go out there and win as a team. As an offense, we take that on our shoulders. We didn’t score enough points tonight.”

The Redskins fell to 1-4 despite having a week off and RGIII said the players were resolute.

“There’s no quit in this team. Period. You’ll never see us out there quit. I tell it to the guys every single time we go out there: If you don’t want to be out here to win, don’t come.”

Shanahan on RGIII’s mobility, speed

Like everyone else with eyes, Mike Shanahan thought Robert Griffin III moved better than he had in his first four games since having knee surgery.

“You could see that he moved better. You could see that some of that speed is back. He made some big plays running the football.”

RGIII had a big fumble inside the Redskins’ 5-yard line.

“Once you get back there, you’ve got to get that ball out very quickly and I can’t at this time — I wasn’t in his shoes — tell you exactly what he was thinking, but that’s part of being a quarterback. [We’ll] take a look at it and next time in the same situation maybe it’ll be different.”

Shanahan: Special teams will get special attention

Coach Mike Shanahan, like everybody else who watched the 31-16 loss to the Cowboys, cited the play of special teams and too many penalties as the biggest reasons the team fell to 1-4.

“I told our football team, what we’ll have to do is get back this week and be tough on ourselves and get ready for the Bears.”

Shanahan indicated he’d probably devote some of his attention to special teams this week.

“There’ll be a lot of emphasis on our special teams. Any time you have a game like that, there’ll be a lot of attention to detail in that area.”

Redskins fall to Cowboys, 31-16, drop to 1-4

Robert Griffin III has 246 passing yards and 77 rushing but has a fumble and interception as the Redskins lose to the Cowboys, 31-16, at AT&T Stadium. Dallas turned the game on special teams, with returner Dwayne Harris compiling 222 returns yards, including a 86-yard punt return for a touchdown.

This picture says it all

Tough day for Redskins fans.

Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins fans. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Redskins turn it over on downs late in 4Q

Wide receiver Leonard Hankerson drops what would have been a first-down throw from Robert Griffin III on fourth down. Cowboys take over with two minutes left in regulation.

Robert Griffin III intercepted

On second and seven from the Dallas 23, Robert Griffin III throws to the end zone, but safety Orlando Scandrick is waiting all by himself for the interception for the Cowboys with 5:08 left in regulation.

Cowboys free safety Barry Church, left, celebrates with Orlando Scandrick (32) right, who intercepted a pass from Redskins’ Robert Griffin III in the end zone in the second half. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Redskins nation and Robert’s fumble

Reaction not a positive one.


(This was Griffin’s earlier fumble, but pretty much sums things up anyway):

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) loses the ball after being sacked by Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)

Joseph Randle gives Cowboys 31-16 lead in 4Q

Backup running back Joseph Randle scores on a two-yard run following Robert Griffin III’s fumble, and Dallas leads, 31-16, with 8:49 left in regulation.

Robert Griffin III hit, fumbles

Linebacker Kyle Wilber and defensive end George Selvie converge to sack Robert Griffin III, force a fumble. Wilber recovers at the Redskins 3.

Robert Griffin III fumbles the ball while being sacked by Kyle Wilber #51 of the Dallas Cowboys and George Selvie #99 of the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth quarter. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

DeAngelo Hall’s TD saving deflection

Miles Austin was open briefly in the corner of the end zone, but Redskins CB DeAngelo Hall closed and tipped away Tony Romo’s pass at the last second to save a touchdown and force a field goal attempt.


Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin (19) cannot catch a pass against Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall (23) in the fourth quarter. Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys get field goal in 4Q, lead 24-16

Dan Bailey’s 30-yard field goal gives Cowboys a 24-16 lead with 10:36 left in regulation.

Cowboys not even trying to pretend to run

It’s all Tony Romo throwing with DeMarco Murray out of the game.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) throws a pass. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)

Kai Forbath misses field goal

Redskins place kicker Kai Forbath misses a 49-yard field goal attempt wide left with 14:42 left in regulation.

Redskins trail Cowboys after 3Q, 21-16

Redskins are on the move to start the fourth quarter, with second and 11 at the Dallas 11-yard line.

Redskins force second straight three and out

Washington takes over at its 39 with 2:47 left in third quarter.

The hit that concussed Amerson

No commentary necessary.

Alfred Morris gets Redskins within 21-16 in 3Q

Alfred Morris scores on a 45-yard run with 3:43 left in the third quarter, and the Redskins cut the lead to 21-16.

Cowboys’ running game stuck in mud

With DeMarco Murray out of the game, the Cowboys probably are going to have to throw more in the second half. That means more chances for Tony Romo interceptions.

Amerson out with concussion

Amerson was blindsided with a bigtime helmet-to-helmet block on Harris’s 90-yard return.

Sloppy series for Redskins

Despite a severely depleted defensive line, the Cowboys were able to pressure Robert Griffin III during that last series. Redskins punting on fourth down.

Blitz Romo and miss, and …

Cowboys extend lead over Redskins to 21-9

Terrance Williams catches a 15-yard fade in the right corner of the end zone, beating cornerback E.J. Biggers, to put Cowboys ahead, 21-9, with 9:03 left in the third quarter.

Cowboys’ Dwayne Harris returns kickoff 90 yards

After scoring on an 86-yard punt return in the first half, Dwayne Harris returns a kickoff 90 yards to the Redskins 15-yard line following Washington’s field goal that trimmed margin to 14-9.

Oct 13, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett congratulates wide receiver Dwayne Harris (17) after he returned a punt for a touchdown in the second quarter. Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Reaction to Costas’s halftime monologue

There was a lot of it.

And the winner of the “YOU TELL ‘EM…but wait, who are you?” award:

Redskins cut deficit to 14-9 on field goal in 3Q

Kai Forbath’s 33-yard field goal draws the Redskins within 14-9 of the Cowboys with 10:03 to play in the third quarter. Washington came up one yard short on third down and nine.

RGIII runs for long gain, gets hit late

Robert Griffin III scrambles for 26 yards, then Cowboys S Barry Church called for illegal hit to put the ball at the Dallas 24.

Redskins start second half with the ball at their 20

Cowboys unlikely to have DeMarcus Ware or DeMarco Murray in second half.

Major League Baseball on Cowboys/Redskins

In honor of that other big game in the world of sports tonight, some words from a bunch of guys whose teams weren’t good enough to be playing in it…

Two Texas Rangers are in the house:

And D-Backs’ starter and devout Redskins fan Daniel Hudson just has a lot of feelings:


Red zone execution the difference?

Redskins can take advantage of depleated Cowboys D-line

With DeMarcus Ware, the Cowboys’ best defensive player, perhaps out for the rest of the game, the Redskins should have opportunities to take some shots deep down the field. Plus Robert Griffin III appears growing more comfortable playing with a brace on his knee, rushing four times for 29 yards. There are alleys for him to run through, and they should be there again in the second half.

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) scrambles out of the pocket . (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)

Halftime stats from Redskins-Cowboys

Redskins QB Robert Griffin III has 134 passing yards on 10 of 18 completes and four carries for 29 yards. TE Jordan Reed has four receptions for 58 yards. Cowboys QB Tony Romo is 12 of 17 for 96 yards and an interception. RB DeMarco Murray left the game after scoring on a four-yard touchdown, and Dwayne Harris has an 86-yard punt return for a touchdown.

Redskins trail Cowboys at halftime, 14-6

Poor clock management forces Redskins to settle for Kai Forbath’s 32-yard field goal as time expires to cut deficit against Dallas to 14-6.

Subtext to every Jordan Reed catch

No longer do we just appreciate plays for what they are. We think long-term about what they mean:

Jordan Reed #86  hit by J.J. Wilcox #27 of the Dallas Cowboys . (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Redskins catch a break on sack of RGIII

Cowboys bench assessed unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after Robert Griffin III is sacked, so Redskins have first and 10 at midfield.

Incomplete pass by Robert Griffin III under review

Cowboys DT Jason Hatcher had Robert Griffin III in his grasp and was taking him to ground as he threw. Call on the field was incomplete pass.

Kehl questionable to return

Redskins marching at first-half two-minute warning

Santana Moss catches pass foe 16 yards, then Roy Helu Jr. has eight-yard reception to move the Redskins to their 42 with 1:54 to go until intermission.

On Burns…

So everyone seems pretty understanding of Redskins’ special teams coach Keith Burns’s accidental collision with the official, as seen here:

Former Redskin Anthony Armstrong:

And others…

Cowboys move ahead of Redskins late in 2Q, 14-3

Dwayne Harris returns a punt 86 yards for a touchdown for 14-3 lead with 2:26 left until halftime. Redskins then assessed penalty for contact with official on the sideline.

Ware leaves with quad injury

DeMarcus Ware tackles Alfred Morris in the first quarter (LM Otero/Associated Press)

Dallas pass rush specialist DeMarcus Ware heads to the dressing room, joining running back DeMarco Murray as key Cowboys who are hurt.

DeMarcus Ware limps off field

Cowboys’ best pass rusher out of game after pulling up rushing Robert Griffin III.

Commentary on the non-fumble call

General fan consensus: “With all due respect Mr. official, I believe that was actually a fumble and should be Redskins’ ball.”

Or something like that…

“How can you be blocked into the ball? It’s like they make these rules up on the fly.”


“That is the biggest bunch of homecooking nonsense I’ve ever heard.”




And from Twitter…

Redskins force punt

Tony Romo delivers deep pass that lands incomplete. Fourth and nine for Dallas.

 Tony Romo passes the ball against the Washington Redskins in the first half of their game . EPA/LARRY W. SMITH

Get thyself to Duffy’s

If you’re watching this in D.C., you might want to head on over to Duffy’s Irish Pub, where you’ve already missed the first free shot of Jameson’s.

They’re offering free hooch every time Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo throws an interception, as Dan Steinberg reported this week.


Huge break for the Cowboys on punt

Official rule Cowboys special teams player B.W. Webb was pushed into ball on punt, so Dallas starts with ball despite having touched it first on punt.

Redskins fail to capitalize on turnover

Cowboys force a punt after Redskins move to their 45-yard line.

Montgomery back in the game

The center left the game in the first quarter with an injury, but returned for the series following Rob Jackson’s interception.

Rob Jackson intercepts Tony Romo

Tony Romo’s pass gets tipped at the line of scrimmage, linebacker Rob Jackson intercepts for the Redskins. Washington has the ball at its 35.

Cowboys lead Redskins after 1Q, 7-3

Both offenses were able to move the ball over the first 15 minutes. Redskins have 78 total yards. Cowboys have 88.

Photos from Dallas

Redskins called for roughing the passer

Linebacker Perry Riley goes high hitting Tony Romo, adds 15 yards to seven-yard completion to Dez Bryant.

Redskins draw within 7-3 late in 1Q

After Robert Griffin III is stopped short of end zone on run, Kai Forbath’s 20-yard field goal with 1:42 left in the 1Q trims margin to 7-3.

Fourth and goal after RGIII run up middle

Robert Griffin III leads Redskins on scoring drive to cut deficit to 7-3. (Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

Robert Griffin III stopped just short of end zone.

Redskins reach first and goal on opening series

Alfred Morris running hard. First and goal from the 9.

First quarter in photos

No huddle during Washington’s first series

Redskins moving down the field, and Robert Griffin III looking like his old self on run around the left side.

Good start for Redskins

Leonard Hankerson for 19 yards over the middle.

Dallas touchdown drive covers 80 yards

Cowboys run 10 plays, use 6:08 in methodical opening possession.

Washington Redskins inside linebacker Perry Riley (56) and Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) come to rest in the end zone after a touchdown by Murray. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Jones on Snyder: ‘He’s not insensitive’

Wait for a commercial, we wouldn’t want to interrupt the game for this.

Okay, ready? Jerry Jones came to Daniel Snyder’s defense in a pregame chat with fans, regarding the Washington franchise’s name. Mike Jones has more details:

He told the group, “Dan’s a personal friend of mine, and he’s not insensitive, at all. He’s very sensitive,” Jones said. “And he’s weighing the very things that [Goodell] just talked about.

“[Snyder is] weighing the enormous sentiment towards the tradition, the one that says the reason we have them is because we think so much of our team,” Jones continued. “In a way, it’s a badge of honor. And there’s certainly different opinions.”

Cowboys take 7-0 lead on opening drive

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) celebrates a touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

DeMarco Murray scores on four-yard run up the middle for 7-0 lead with 8:52 left in 1Q. Guard Brian Waters got the seal to free Murray.

Rob Jackson called for illegal hands to face

Cowboys have first and goal at the 3.

Middle of the field open for Cowboys

Looks like Redskins are keeping safeties back to guard against long pass to Dez Bryant. Flat and middle of field wide open.

Trade RGIII???? Oh, England…

Mark Bullock reports that TV across the pond asked a question that very few (i.e., zero) people people in America have asked:

Then, he supplied visual proof:

David Amerson called for holding

Cowboys get first down off a penalty. Amerson drags down Terrance Williams.

“Second-most famous NBA player at the game” award goes to…

Kendrick Perkins!

First down for Dallas, barely

TE Jason Witten draws favorable matchup vs LB London Fletcher, makes catch to make it third and one before DeMarco Murray barely gets the first down.

Jerry Jones vouches for Dan Snyder’s character

Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder visits with fans before his team’s game against the Dallas Cowboys. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

At a pregame Q and A with fans before the game tonight, Jerry Jones vouched for Dan Snyder’s character, saying that thinking his unwillingness to change the Redskins name is not the product of a “lack of sensitivity.”

Read more from the Richmond Times-Dispatch here.

Cowboys to start with the ball

Kai Forbath is back doing the place kicking for the Redskins, boots ball into end zone.

Half Griffin, Half Romo jersey

Via @dcsportsbog:

Kevin Durant weighs in

But he’s like…a year and a half late:

He also made the trip to Dallas:

Tony Romo warms up

Think he’s got another 500+-yard game in it tonight?

Ochocinco’s thought-provoker

What do you think?

Pre-game reading

With an hour to kill before kickoff and less than five minutes left in the late games from around the NFL, here are links to some Redskins vs. Cowboys things you might have missed:

Griffin says he’s ready for his breakout to begin vs. Cowboys

Wise: The rivalry ain’t what it used to be

Redskins vs. Cowboys: Five story lines | Notes and fast facts

Game day Q&A: Kory Lichtensteiger

Orakpo focused on winning Texas homecoming

NFL Week 6 live scores and statistics

Follow: @MikeJonesWaPo | @MarkMaske | @Insider | Insider on Facebook

Looks like the rivalry’s as heated as ever

Some say the rivalry’s lost its luster. If this sign’s any indication, the only thing it’s lacking is punctuation…

RGIII warms up

This is the first of what usually is a procession of these photos. Yes, RGIII is warming up.

See? As promised, more RGIII warming up pictures…

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III warms. (Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

Michael Jordan used to do the tongue thing too, right…?

UPDATE: Just in case you weren’t sure RGIII was actually there, we have another RGIII-during-warmups shot for you:

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III walks along the sidelines during warmups wearing pink shoes honoring Breast Cancer Awareness. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Cowboys’ inactives

Via the Dallas Morning News:

Rambo, Thompson inactive; Morgan to return punts

As announced by the Redskins:

● No. 8 QB Rex Grossman

● No. 24 S Bacarri Rambo

● No. 25 RB Chris Thompson

● No. 32 S Jordan Pugh

● No. 51 LB Brandon Jenkins

● No. 67 G Josh LeRibeus

● No. 95 NT Chris Neild


● No. 15 Joshua Morgan is expected to return kickoffs and punts in place of No. 25 Chris Thompson.

● No. 31 Brandon Meriweather is expected to start at free safety in place of No. 24 Bacarri Rambo.

● No. 37 Reed Doughty is expected to start at strong safety in place of Meriweather.

● No. 85 Leonard Hankerson is expected to start at wide receiver in place of Morgan.

Rob Jackson, Jarvis Jenkins are active; Redskins’ inactives

Rob Jackson and Jarvis Jenkins, playing for the first time after being suspended the first four games of the season, are active.

Bacarri Rambo, Chris Thompson, Jordan Pugh, Rex Grossman, Brandon Jenkins, Josh LeRibeus and Chris Neild are the Redskins’ inactives.


Protesters outside Cowboys Stadium

Native American Steve Morales, of Dallas  joins others in protest outside Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Yolanda Blue Horse, left, and Diana Parton, right, a member of the Caddo Nation, protest Sunday outside Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)


Juan Mancias, of Floresville, Texas, a member of the American Indian Movement of Central Texas, holds a sign that reads “81 Years of Racist Tradition”, as he joins others in protest before an NFL football game between the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, October 13, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Sharon Ellman)

Hmmm…that’s called a tie.

Post’s Mike Wise shares his score prediction

I’m sure everyone completely agrees, but feel free to discuss anyway…

Garcon: “The energy is crazy.”

Wide receiver Pierre Garcon visited with NBC’s Bob Costas, too. After a bye week, he’s ready to go.

“The energy is crazy. The blood’s flowing, and everything’s going,” he said (via NBC transcript). “There’s just so much intensity going when I’m out there, sometimes I tire myself out just by being so excited.”

Everybody should be so happy. “I’m enjoying it. I’m enjoying life. It took a lot of hard work to get here. I come from [NCAA] D-III where not too many guys make it here. I’m representing those guys and I’m giving them effort.”

Fan’s jersey sparks outrage

It seems like we see one of these half Redskins/half Redskins opponent jerseys every week. When it’s a Redskins/Packers combo, it’s a novelty. Redskins/Raiders? Almost cute. But this seems to cross some ancient and impermeable line of nature…

Twitterverse is simply not having it:

And a more subdued, disturbingly detailed and well-thought out approach:

Ware: Cowboys can “put the smack down” in East

DeMarcus Ware, in a pregame interview with NBC’s Bob Costas, noted the obvious: This is a big game in the NFC East and the Cowboys have no choice but to move on from the crushing 51-48 loss to the Denver Broncos last week.

“What are we going to do this week? We’ve got a divisional opponent coming here this week; a late-night game, and you’re playing the Washington Redskins,” he said (via NBC transcript). “So, [we] have an opportunity to put the smack down. We gotta get it done.”

The Cowboys’ owner called last week’s loss a moral victory and Ware wasn’t having any part of that.

“At the end of the day, an L is an L and a W is a W. We lost that game. There aren’t any moral victories. When we lose, we lose and it hurts. You have to find some way to fight back, and we’re going to do that this week.”


Redskins at Cowboys: Join the discussion

Welcome to our live blog coverage of tonight’s game between the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys. Washington is coming off its bye week while Dallas went to toe-to-toe with the Denver Broncos before losing last week, 51-48. Some reading before kickoff:

Mike Wise on fading rivalry | Robert Griffin III seeks fresh start | Five story lines |           Getting Roy Helu more involved | Game day notes |