By Schuyler Dixon
The Associated Press
ARLINGTON, Texas — After Philip Rivers and Peyton Manning torched their defense, the Dallas Cowboys get no respite.
Up next are Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins.
The 2011 Heisman Trophy winner from Baylor returns to Texas after embarrassing Dallas with a huge second quarter to win his first NFL game in his home state last Thanksgiving.
Dallas defenders are at a low point again because Tony Romo’s franchise-record 506 yards passing and five touchdowns weren’t enough in a 51-48 loss to Manning and Denver last weekend.
“We’ve got a sense of pride in this group,” Dallas defensive tackle Jason Hatcher said. “I know I’m hurting because I’m part of this defense. One thing we’ve got to do, we’ve got to clean it up. We got another good quarterback coming in here.”
The Redskins go into tonight’s game at the $1.2 billion home of the Cowboys with similar problems. They’re last in the NFL in passing defense, one spot behind Dallas.
But Washington is coming off a win over Oakland and a bye after starting the season 0-3, while the Cowboys are trying to avoid their first three-game losing streak since 2010.
“Yeah, that was our goal — go into that last game before the bye week, get the win, allow that momentum to carry us the rest of the way throughout the season,” said Griffin, who threw for more than 300 yards in all three losses. “I think everybody has the right mindset coming back rejuvenated, ready to go.”
Griffin and Alfred Morris combined to give Washington its first sweep of Dallas since 2005 last year. Griffin completed all eight passes for 178 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-point second quarter, and the Redskins held on for a 38-31 win on Thanksgiving.