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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Cowboys Fightback Fails As Redskins Win 21-16

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LANDOVER, Maryland -- In these dying days of the Dallas dynasty, the Cowboys defense can't make up for a sporadic offense.


Stephen Davis, subbing for the injured Terry Allen, ran for two touchdowns and backup tight end James Jenkins caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from Gus Frerotte as the Washington Redskins beat the Cowboys 21-16 Monday night.


In the end, it came down to a Washington defense led by its secondary -- Darrell Green, Cris Dishman, Stanley Richard and Jesse Campbell -- that held off the Cowboys after they had cut a 21-3 Washington lead to 21-16.


First, Richard stopped Sherman Williams on third-and-one at the Dallas 44 with six minutes left, then Dishman rushed Troy Aikman into a third-down incompletion and Green stayed with Anthony Miller on a fourth-down pass to the end zone with 2:32 left.


It was the second straight week Dallas (3-3) had come back only to fail in the end. Last week the Cowboys trailed the New York Giants 20-9 in the fourth quarter, closed to 20-17, but failed before they could get off a late field goal. And again it was the Dallas offense that failed.


One Dallas touchdown came on rookie linebacker Dexter Coakley's 18-yard fumble return, and the Cowboys cut it to 21-16 on Aikman's 14-yard touchdown pass to Michael Irvin with 9:40 left in the game.


But the Washington defense made the lead stand up.


The Redskins (4-2) took over first place in the NFC East, one-half game ahead of the Giants and a full game ahead of the Cowboys.


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The Miami Dolphins released veteran wide receiver Fred Barnett and troubled cornerback Clayton Holmes on Monday. Barnett has struggled to regain his form after having surgery on his right knee twice over the last two seasons. He had just 17 catches for 166 yards and one touchdown in six games this season.


Holmes was suspended by the NFL on Aug. 23 under the league's substance abuse policy. He was reinstated Monday by the league before being released by the Dolphins.


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Buffalo Bills quarterback Todd Collins suffered a strained rotator cuff in his left shoulder in Sunday's 33-6 loss at New England, and his status for next Monday's matchup with Indianapolis is up in the air. (Reuters, AP)