Cowboys Defeat Redskins 31-23 And Reach The NFC East First Place

Cowboys Defeat Redskins 31-23 And Reach The NFC East First Place

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The Dallas Cowboys are on top of the NFC East, after they defeated the Washington Redskins last night with 31-23.

Three weeks ago, Cowboys were in serious trouble, and not there they are, back in the playoffs race, with excellent prospects of winning their division.

Amari Cooper was simply unstoppable, scoring two touchdowns, one of them 90 yards long. He set a new record of the Cowboys for the number of receiving yards on the Thanksgiving, 180. Ezekiel Elliot performed on his usual level, with 121 rushing yards and one touchdown. When Zeke plays well everything is easier for Dallas.

Dak Prescott was sacked four times, and had several mistakes the game, but it wouldn’t be fair to say that all of them were just his fault. Redskins defenders were inspired today, while on the other side, the offensive line of the Cowboys did lose their focus a couple of times.

However, Prescott threw for 2 TD’s, without an interception, and also rushed for one, at the start of the last period to make it 31-13 for the hosts. That was probably the best play of the game. In the end, the 25-year old quarterback finished the match with 289 yards, and 22-of-31 passing.

On the other side, Washington struggled offensively. To make it more clear, Colt McCoy did. In his first start of the season, McCoy threw 268 yards, having completed 24 of his 38 attempts, but with 3 interceptions.

Alex Smith’s replacement connected Trey Quinn and Vernon Davis for two of Redskins’ three touchdowns. The last one was made Kapri Bibbs who made a one-yard carry with 11:43 to go until the end.

The Cowboys now have two straight games at home, one against fired-up New Orleans Saints, and another against the dazed champions, Philadelphia Eagles. After that Prescott and the boys travel to Indianapolis and face the Buccaneers at home. Except for the Saints, all other teams could be beaten, which gives realistic chances for the Texas-based franchise to reach the postseason.


Redskins are in a tough position. Three of their next four games will be on the road, against the Eagles, Jaguars and the Tennessee Titans. The only one at their FedEx Field is in two weeks time against the New York Giants.

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