Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle (21) runs with the ball against Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson (26) in the third quarter at AT&T Stadium (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)
(WUSA9) -- The Redskins dropped to 1-4 on the season after falling to the Cowboys 31-16 on Sunday night in Arlington, TX.
Washington's first turnover put the Burgundy and Gold down 15. Its second just might have sealed a Dallas victory. After driving down the Cowboys 23 yard line with just over five minutes to go, Robert Griffin III fired a deep shot to the end zone that Dallas' Orlando Scandrick picked off after Santana Moss fell down running his route.
That turnover came just a drive after RGIII was hit for a sack and fumbled that Dallas recovered on the Washington three-yard line. Two players later, Joesph Randle plunged in for the score and increased the Cowboys lead to 15 with less than nine minutes to play.
Dallas extended their lead back to eight with 10:40 to go in the game when Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey drilled a 30-yard field goal. The Redskins defense made an impressive red zone stand, highlighted by DeAngelo Hall's breakup of what looked like a sure touchdown pass from Tony Romo to Miles Austin.
Washington had a chance at the start of the final period to chip away more of Dallas' lead if not jump out in front for the first time of the game. However, again the Redskins drive stalled and the team settled for a Kai Forbath 49-yard field goal attempt that he hooked wide left. That was Forbath's first miss of the game after connecting on his first three attempts of 20, 32 and 33 yards respectively.
Washington finally found the endzone with 3:43 to go in the third. After struggling rushing the ball, the Redskins Alfred Morris broke one - a 45 yard scamper that got the Burgundy and Gold within five.
Dallas again increased its lead to at least two scores on its first possession of the second half. It was all set up Dwayne Harris returned the Redskins kickoff 90 yards to the Washington 15 yard line. Two plays later, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo found Terrance Williams in the corner of the end zone for a 15 yards touchdown.
Washington squandered a second straight red zone opportunity on it's first series of the third quarter; series that feature Robert Griffin III's longest run of the year - 26 yards. However, the Redskins offense bogged down again and settled for a 33 yard Kai Forbath field goal - Forbath's third field goal of the game.
Washington's last drive before the half was eerily similar as the Redskins had to settle for a 32 yard Forbath field goal just as time expired.
Dallas extended its lead to two scores just before the two-minute warning before the half when Dwayne Harris returned a Sav Rocca punt 86 yards for the 2nd Cowboys touchdown.
The Redskins got on the board on their first drive on a 20-yard field goal by Forbath.
However, that followed a great opening series by the Cowboys. Quarterback Tony Romo led Dallas on a 10-play 80-yard drive capping off the drive with 4-yard touchdown run by Demarco Murray.
Since the Cowboys opening scoring drive, the Redskins defense has stopped Dallas on consecutive drives with an interception by Rob Jackson and forcing a punt.
The Redskins offense has struggled since its opening possession too; failing to make it to Dallas territory on both drives and punting on both.
Some first half stats:
Robert Griffin III: Passing - 19/39, 246 yds, INT | Rushing - 9 car, 77 yds, Fum
Alfred Morris: 16 car, 81 yds, TD
Pierre Garcon: 6 rec, 69 yds
Total Yds: WAS - 433 | DAL - 213