LANDOVER, Md. -- It wasn't pretty, but the Mike Shanahan era is off to a good start. The Washington Redskins used a huge Cowboys miscue at the end of the first half to take a 10-0 lead and were able to hang on for a 13-7 win. While I'm headed down to the locker room, feel free to peruse the following items:
What it means: It's a huge win for an organization that was 0-for-6 in the NFC East last season. The Redskins' defense made big plays when it counted and the Cowboys looked nothing like a team that belongs in the Super Bowl conversation. I'm feeling better and better about my Giants pick all the time.
Tomorrow's talker: I'm planning to write about that DeAngelo Hall touchdown at the end of the first half. Cowboys coach Wade Phillips told NBC at halftime that the offense should've taken a knee. We'll see if he backs off that statement at all in the postgame news conference. I'm not saying the Cowboys were definitely going to win the game without that play, but it gave the Redskins a huge lift.
Goat: I guess you could pin this thing on Cowboys running back Tashard Choice's fumble, but I'd rather focus on offensive coordinator Jason Garrett. His alleged high-powered attack couldn't win a game in which the Skins' offense only mustered two field goals. Garrett will have to answer a lot of questions this week.
What I didn't like: The Cowboys' kickoff coverage was pretty bad and they didn't do much in the return game. And despite moving the ball, I thought Garrett got away from the running game when it seemed to be gaining a little traction. Oh, and that holding call on Alex Barron on the final play wasn't a great thing for the Cowboys. Barron couldn't handle Brian Orakpo at all in the second half and it ended up costing the Cowboys a touchdown.
What's next: The Redskins can't get too excited about this win because they have the mighty Houston Texans coming to town next Sunday. The Cowboys have to try to turn this thing around against the Bears.