Washington Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys: Takeaways from Washington's 16-31 Loss

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Washington Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys: Takeaways from Washington's 16-31 Loss
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A disturbing lack of balance between the run and the pass, combined with critical errors, cost the Washington Redskins the chance to beat the Cowboys in Dallas.

Washington's offense had some bright moments, but its inability to consistently run, or at least commit to it, undermined the unit's best work.

The root of the problem was a feeble display by an offensive line that was routinely manhandled by the Dallas defensive front. The struggles derailed quarterback Robert Griffin's best performance of the season, a performance that included glimpses of his awesome dual-threat talents.

Defensively, Washington leaned on the blitz but did not make enough plays at key times. But if the defense suffered, that was nothing compared to the nightmare endured by the special teams.

Inconsistencies in all three phases form the takeaways from a bitterly disappointing 31-16 defeat for head coach Mike Shanahan's team.

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