Monday, September 13, 2010

Recap: Tale of the Tape | Dallas (0-1) @ Washington (1-0) | Week One

Most Valuable Player (this is a player compensation site; get it, "valuable"): Redskins Safety LaRon Landry, $17.5M guaranteed
When we did LaRon's contract in 2007, we based a significant amount of his incentives on him making tackles. This season LaRon finds himself playing his natural in-the-box strong safety position, and boy did he produce tonight as he was envisioned with a career-high 17 total tackles.  His prior career high came prior to the death of Sean Taylor in the blowout loss to the Patriots; Landry had 14 total tackles on that day.

Other notable Value Players: Linebacker Rocky McIntosh, $0 guaranteed & Cornerback Carlos Rogers, $0 guaranteed
Restricted free agents Rocky McIntosh and Carlos Rogers, who have no money guaranteed this year and are playing for their next contracts, had solid games.  McIntosh tallied 10 total tackles and a sack.  Rogers played well, and had a chance at a game-clinching interception, but as has been the case over the course of his career, he was unable to finish the play.

Least Valuable Player: Cowboys Wide Receiver Roy Williams, $27M guaranteed
If it wasn't already confirmed that Dez Bryant has surpassed the lucratively paid Williams on Tony Romo's target list, then it absolutely apparent now.  Save for a late 4th quarter reception, Williams was a non-factor in the Cowboys' passing game; while it was clear their was concerted effort to get Bryant involved.  Perhaps instead of trading away Patrick Crayton, the Cowboys could've leveraged the uncapped year and absorbed the dead money of Williams' contract.

Random Notes:
The Redskins nearly loss this game and found themselves in a nail-biter; what was a 6-point lead coming down the stretch could've easily been a 9-point lead instead.  With 10:29 left in the 3rd quarter, Graham Gano hit a 36-yard field goal attempt.  On the play, Cowboy cornerback Orlando Scandrick was called for defensive offsides.  The Redskins chose to take the points off the board; which at the time didn't seem like a bad decision, until, on the same drive, the Redskins botched a field goal attempt.  Hind sight is always 20-20, but it's definitely a pivotal aspect of tonight's nail biter in Landover.

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