Oh boy, here we go. This is it folks. The beginning of the end for the Cowboys’ 2010 season. Little did any of us know at the time, but the first game of 2010 was a major sign of things to come. This ugly game against the Washington Redskins was surprising to me, to say the least, as Dallas was a popular pre-season Super Bowl pick out of the NFC, but I brushed it off as an aberration.
I remember watching this game and being so excited, as I am every year, that the NFL season was finally starting. It seems like it comes and goes so fast, and there is little time to savor any of it. We are now mere weeks away from the Super Bowl, and it feels like it just started. But I digress. If you really want to relive the horror of this game, be my guest.
Yikes. The moment that still stands out to me, and likely everyone else, is the last play of the first half (about 1:30 into the video), when Tashard Choice fumbled the ball, and the Redskins got a scoop and score to go up 10-0. Normally, I don’t have a problem with trying to get a score before the half, but I make an exception here. Dallas had the ball around its own 35 yard line with time for only one play. Romo was under some pressure, so he couldn’t chuck the ball deep. He did the safest thing in more-or-less lateraling the ball to Choice, who simply tried to do too much. It was only a three point game anyway, and Dallas ended up losing by 6.
I don’t hold it against Choice, as things just go badly sometimes. It’s really easy to say it was a bad play, but had the line protected better, maybe Romo could have gone downfield, and who knows what might have happened.
The play that has the dubious distinction of being the second most memorable from this game was the last play. Here’s a video devoted solely to that play.
The Cowboys had three seconds left, with the ball on the Redskins 13 yard line. I can remember how excited I was when it appeared Dallas had tied the game, with a chance to win it with the extra point. Then, depression set in when I realized there was a penalty for holding on RT Alex Barron. I distinctly remember it being said during the broadcast that Barron was the most penalized offensive lineman in the league. Dallas brought him in before the season because of injuries. How fitting, then, that the game should end the way it did.
On a positive note, we all got what we wanted in seeing Dez Bryant in action. He was hurt during the preseason, so to make up for it, the coaches decided to get him eight catches in his debut. That’s pretty good, but it was only for 56 yards. Still, it was nice to see him on the field for the first time.
Dallas really outdid Washington in about every category, but they had more penalties and turnovers, and those two things ultimately gave the Redskins an extra seven points, while keeping the Cowboys from seven of their own.
Record to this point: 0-1