No, numbers don't tell the whole story, but they sure do come in handy when trying to talk about Sunday's bizarre game between the Cowboys and Redskins.
Sure, the Redskins
' win over the Cowboys
was three nights ago, but because it was such a wacky game, let's take one last look back at some of the most telling (and strangest) numbers from the game.
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deserves all the credit he's earned for forcing Alex Barron
into a hold that saved the win for the Redskins, yet I don't think he's gotten enough praise for his work on that final play. Jim Haslett didn't call some sneaky blitz to open up him up for a blitzing opportunity. Orakpo just used his natural pass-rushing ability to force the issue on the final play, even though the Redskins only sent three rushers and dropped everyone else back in coverage. To be able to generate that type of push into the backfield on the final play of the game, with a three-man front? That's awesome.
11,645 (and counting)
Number of people Marc Colombo
-- who Dallas probably could have used against the Redskins -- follows on Twitter
. He needs only 355 more in order to follow one person for every holding penalty Alex Barron has committed in his career.
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The Redskins had enough players dropping back in coverage to put a man on each Cowboys' receiver and still have three players who could roam around the end zone for extra coverage support. Yet, somehow, Roy Williams still managed to find a way to be completely open for the negated touchdown at the end of the game. Brian Orakpo better get some free dinners from the Redskins' secondary this week.
Number of Cowboys fans in this shot who didn't see the flag thrown on the final play of the game.
It must have really stunk for the guy on the left who turned around to taunt the Redskins fans behind him, not realizing there was some yellow laundry on the field. Coincidentally, that penalty flag was the same color as the egg yolk he had to wipe off of his face.
The quarterback rating for Washington's prize off-season acquisition, Donovan McNabb
Jason Campbell's quarterback rating on Sunday.
Number of fumbles Tony Banks had during his 15 games as a Redskin.
Jim Haslett's record as head coach with the UFL's Florida Tuskers last season. It's amazing how one can go from trying to restore their coaching reputation by coaching in an upstart league with four teams to being lauded for putting together a defensive scheme that everyone not named Albert Haynesworth
seemed to be impressed with on Sunday.
Jim Fassel's record as coach of the UFL's Las Vegas Locomotives last season. Two and a half years ago, Fassel was the front runner for the Redskins' coaching job, now he's trying to lead the Locos to a second UFL Championship. At least he wasn't playing bingo last year.
Average yards per carry gained by the Cowboys' offense, good for the ninth best average in the league last weekend.
Number of rushing attempts by the Cowboys last weekend against the Redskins. Only seven teams ran the ball less times than Dallas last weekend, and like the Cowboys, they all lost.
Average yards per carry gained by the Texans
' offense on Sunday. You can bet they won't run the ball only 22 times on Sunday if they can maintain that average. Last week, they stuffed the ball down the Colts
' throat 42 times.
Percentage of fans who will buy into the hype if the Redskins are still undefeated on Monday morning.