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Tony Romo, Cowboys ready for aggressive approach from Redskins’ defense

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In the Redskins’ first meeting of the season with the Dallas Cowboys, Washington’s defense had the perfect formula to limit the production of quarterback Tony Romo. Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett used an aggressive approach to harass Romo as the Redskins sacked him five times for losses of 54 yards combined and limited him to 209 passing yards as he completed 17 of 28 attempts.

The Redskins also briefly knocked Romo out of the game with a back injury. Romo said he and his teammates are expecting a similar approach from the Redskins.

“I think the last game the caught us with some Cover-zero blitzes – we call them our ‘all outs’ – and we will be a lot more prepared just for that side of things,” Romo said. “And they play some trap coverages and other things you’ve got to be prepared for. You can create some big plays if you execute certain things the right way and so we are going to try to do some of that.”

Haslett called more all-out blitzes against the Cowboys than he did at any point this season, and the Redskins perfectly timed the snap and registered nine hits on Romo (the five sacks, plus four others).

“I don’t think they had a bead on the cadence, they just had a couple of really good plays,” Romo said. “And we had a couple turnovers in the first game that really hurt us and they got off the field on a couple third downs with some all-out pressures that can create a problem if you didn’t have the right stuff on. So we are just going to make sure that each of our calls do not have certain things that allow for that.”

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