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Sneak Peek At Cowboys Causes Defense Alarm

The record-setting effort by the Cowboys on Sunday, when they racked up 522 yards and 48 points in a loss to the Broncos, caught the eye of some defensive players.

BY ZAC BOYER

ASHBURN – Rob Jackson expected to get one final day of rest Sunday before returning to Redskins Park, but he made the mistake of turning on the  Cowboys’ game against the Broncos.

“Offense they looked real good – real good,” Jackson said. “But we’re a different defense, so I’m pretty sure that they’re gonna attack us a different way. We’ll see.”

The Cowboys racked up 522 yards of total offense, and quarterback Tony Romo threw for 506 yards, in their eventual 51-48 loss to the Broncos at AT&T Stadium.

It was a record-setting performance from Romo and the Cowboys (2-3), who had otherwise scored an average of 24 points over their first four games. Romo completed 25 of 36 passes for 506 yards and five touchdowns, though an interception in the last two minutes set up a game-winning field goal for the Broncos.

That offensive performance is what the Redskins will have to stop when they visit the Cowboys on Sunday.

“Dallas and Tony Romo never cease to amaze me,” cornerback DeAngelo Hall said. “They came out there and they set all kinds of records, man, and they made all kinds of plays. You know, that last-second interception cost them, but they played a heck of a game.”

The Redskins defeated the Cowboys twice last season – on the road on Thanksgiving, when quarterback Robert Griffin III threw four touchdown passes en route to a 38-31 victory, and in the final game of the season, when a 28-18 victory gave the Redskins the NFC East title.

Despite their start, the Redskins (1-3) could have found themselves playing for first place in the division had the Broncos defeated the Cowboys and the Eagles lost to the Giants.

That’s the reality in a lackluster division that, so far, has four teams who have combined for only five victories.

“We’ve got a lot to play for, and we’ve got a chance to seize an opportunity Sunday night, so you know, hopefully, we can put our best foot forward and play good football,” Hall said.

This report was originally posted on 10/7/13 at 5:26 p.m. and updated on 10/7/13 at 6:10 p.m.

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