By Calvin Watkins
The Cowboys fought for a 27-24 victory over the Washington Redskins
on Sunday afternoon. We review the showdown in Landover with our weekly Beat Writers recap.
*The Cowboys did miss fullback Tony Fiammetta
on Sunday. He's been credited for moving defenders out of the way during this amazing stretch for running back DeMarco Murray
. However, John Phillips
lined up at fullback for 33 snaps on Sunday and should receive high grades from the offensive coaches. He didn't miss any blocks and made sure Felix Jones
and Murray were able to get to the line of scrimmage with little problems. Phillips even caught a pass, for nine-yards, out of the backfield. If the Cowboys don't have Fiammetta for an extended period of time, Phillips is more than capable of handling it. The biggest difference between Phillips and Fiammetta is the tight end has to get lower to the ground to make his blocks which keeps him upright and prevents him from moving defenders. Fiammetta is shorter so he's able to get more power in his legs to move defenders a little better.
*It was a rough day for slot corner Orlando Scandrick
. He's starting now with Mike Jenkins
out of the lineup with a hamstring injury. Jenkins hopes to play Thursday vs. Miami. But Scandrick has slumped in his absence. On the Redskins game-tying scoring drive, Scandrick made two critical mistakes. He had a chance to tackle fullback Darrel Young
in the flat for a short gain, but missed the tackle. Young trots down the field for 27 yards. Scandrick's other poor play came on a third-and-two from the Cowboys 21. Scandrick grabbed the back of receiver Jabar Gafney's jersey after getting beat inside. Scandrick was called for a hold costing the Cowboys five yards.
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