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Prescott, Elliott prove too much as Redskins fall to Cowboys on Thanksgiving

Prescott, Elliott prove too much as Redskins fall to Cowboys on Thanksgiving

DALLAS— The Redskins came into Dallas on a roll after scoring 42 points against the Packers on Sunday night. But whether it was the short week, some questionable play calling and other coaching strategy or because the Cowboys are also on quite a roll, the Redskins couldn’t get the ball into the end zone often enough and fell to their division rivals 31-26. Red zone problems and missed field goals put the Redskins in a hole and Dallas had plenty of offense to bury them.

One red zone trip ended with a missed Dustin Hopkins field goal. Two more trips inside the Dallas five yielded only six points. In contrast the Cowboys were very efficient in the red zone, getting four touchdowns in four trips.

Dustin Hopkins was two for four on field goals, missing a long one from 55 yards but also a very makeable kick from 42.

The Redskins were able to keep the pressure on the Cowboys. In the fourth quarter they twice pulled to within five points. One TD came on a 67-yard pass from Kirk Cousins, who passed for 449 yards on the day, the other on an eight-yard pass to Jordan Reed. But after the second touchdown the Redskins’ onside kick attempt went out of bounds and Dallas was able to kill the clock.

The Redskins are now 6-4-1 and they remain firmly in the NFC playoff picture. The next travel to Arizona to play the Cardinals on December 4.

Injury Updates:

DL Anthony Lanier left the game in the first quarter with a leg injury, returned later in the same quarter. But he later left the game for good.

TE Jordan Reed left the game in the second quarter with a left shoulder injury, his return was announced as questionable. He reentered the game in the third quarter.

Scoring drives:  

First quarter           

Elliott 4 run (Bailey kick)

Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 3:51

Drive summary: The Cowboys got off to a quick start with receiver Lucky Whitehead going for 15 yards on an end around. Ezekiel Elliott runs of 20 and 12 yards got Dallas deep into Redskins territory. Dak Prescott to Beasley got them down to the 11 and two runs later Elliott was in the end zone.

Cowboys 7, Redskins 0 11:09


Second quarter

FG Hopkins 24

Drive: 10 plays, 75 yards, 4:10

Drive summary: After a missed field goal the Redskins defense responded with a three and out. The Redskins got to work after the punt. They converted a third and two on a three-yard run by Chris Thompson. Then Cousins took to the air going to Jamison Crowder for 38 yards on a crossing pattern and then 22 to Vernon Davis for a first and goal at the five. On third and goal at the six, Cousins scrambled and couldn’t find anyone open. Hopkins came in a booted the short field goal.

Cowboys 7, Redskins 3 14:04


FG Bailey 46

Drive: 12 plays, 47 yards, 6:07

Drive summary: Dak Prescott dialed up Dez Bryant to get this drive going, passing to him for nine yards and then the two hooked up to convert a third and eight with a 14 yard pass play. A few plays later it was third and 13 and Prescott found Cole Beasley on the sideline for a gain of 14 to the Redskins 33. The drive stalled and Bailey came in and was good from 46 yards out.

Cowboys 10, Redskins 3


Williams 10 pass from Prescott (Bailey kick)

Drive: 6 plays, 55 yards, 2:06

Drive summary: Dallas started with good field position after a missed field goal. It took only a 12-yard Alfred Morris run up the middle to get into Redskins territory. A 10-yard pass from Prescott to Bryant got a first down at the 28. On the next play Prescott ran a keeper on the option and took advantage of a missed tackle to pick up 18 yards to the 10. On the next play Prescott threw to Terrance Williams, who made a tiptoe catch on the right sideline to get the TD for Dallas.

Cowboys 17, Redskins 3 1:45


FG Hopkins 20

Drive: 11 plays, 73 yards, 1:42

Drive summary: Two passes to Jamison Crowder, one for seven and the other for 14 yards, got the drive started. On third and 10 at the Washington 46, Cousins went to Vernon Davis on the left side and the tight end eluded a tackle to pick up 12 yards and the first down. Two plays later Cousins threw to DeSean Jackson for 26 yards to the 10. On second down, it was Cousins to Garçon down to the two. On third down, Cousins’ pass was incomplete and they had to settle for three.

Cowboys 17, Redskins 6 0:03


Third quarter

No scoring

Fourth quarter

Reed 5 pass from Cousins (pass failed)

Drive: 14 plays, 90 yards, 7:55

Drive summary: The Redskins worked their way out of a hole to get their first touchdown. There were a few scary moments along the way. On third and one at the 19 Robert Kelley appeared to be trapped for a loss bit he fought his way for two yards. Cousins went to Vernon Davis for 26 yards. They faced fourth and two at the Washington 42 and converted on a pass to Garçon just past the line to gain. Then on third and four, Cousins found Reed and he made an excellent catch for a first and goal at the three. Two plays later Cousins went to Reed for the touchdown.

Cowboys 17, Redskins 12 14:54


Prescott 4 run (Bailey kick)

Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 4:05

Drive summary: The Cowboys wasted no time responding to the Redskins’ touchdown. Ezekiel Elliott found running room off the right side for 21 yards and then Elliott found a hole in the Redskins’ coverage and turned a short pass into a 19-yard gain and a first down in Redskins territory at the 35. After Prescott went to Beasley for 12 yards to the 22, he found Dez Bryant for 13 yards and a first and goal at the six. On the next play Prescott scooted around the right side into the end zone.

Cowboys 24, Redskins 12 10:49


Jackson 67 pass from Cousins (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 3 plays, 75 yards, 1:27

Drive summary: This was a quick strike drive. On third and two at the Washington 33 DeSean Jackson got way past the defense. Cousins hit him in stride and he rolled the rest of the way into the end zone.

Cowboys 24, Redskins 19 9:22


Elliott 1 run (Bailey kick)

Drive: 8 plays, 53 yards, 2:53

Drive summary: The Cowboys started in good field position after a failed onside kick attempt. On third and 7 at the 50 Prescott scrambled for 7 yards and then a 15-yard roughness penalty was tacked on for unnecessary roughness. On third and nine Prescott found Bryant for 26 yards to the one. On the next play Elliott in for the score.

Cowboys 31, Redskins 19


Reed 8 pass from Cousins (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 15 plays, 75 yards, 4:36

Drive summary: Two quick passes to Reed for 10 yards and then one to Crowder for five got the drive going. Cousins went back to Reed for gains of six and 11 into Dallas territory. A pass to Chris Thompson converted a fourth and one at the Dallas 29. Then it was Cousins to Crowder for nine yards to the 20. On third and one, Cousins bobbled the snap but came up with the first down on a sneak. A pass to Reed set up first and goal at the eight. Two plays later Cousins found Reed in the back of the end zone for the touchdown.

Cowboys 31, Redskins 26


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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—D-line scoop, Alex Smith's big deal

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 24, 33 days before the NFL draft.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington.

Free agency update: What's next for the Redskins on the D-line? The Redskins have been casting out lines for defensive linemen since before free agency officially started but they haven’t been able to reel one in. Part of the issue might be that they know that Vita Vea and Da’Ron Payne are likely to be available in the draft. They have to balance spending big on a lineman vs. being able to get one pretty cheap for the next five years.

Redskins make a D-line contract change, gain roster flexibility—Speaking of the D-line, the team negotiated the removal of a salary guarantee for one player to give themselves more flexibility when it comes time to cut the roster down to 53 in September. See the post for details.

Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract—In the words of Joe Biden, this is a big f-----g deal. It showed that the Redskins aren’t afraid to pay a quarterback big money if they think it’s the right guy. It should be noted that whether or not they chose the right guy is something that remains to be seen. Although the post shows that it’s plausible for the Redskins to terminate the deal after three years, I anticipate Smith playing out at least four if not all five years of the contract.

Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign Scandrick—Orlando Scandrick has struggled with injuries the past few years and Redskins fans did not greet the news of his signing with great enthusiasm, to say the least. To point out the bright side, his contract is not pricey by NFL terms ($2.6 million cap hit this year, no guaranteed money beyond a $1 million signing bonus) and from what I have been able to gather it’s possible that change of scenery might give him a boost for a year or two.

Tweet of the week

Well before free agency started, I wrote that the Redskins’ top priorities in free agency should be to get extensions done for Smith, Brandon Scherff, and Jamison Crowder. They should have about $15 million to work with after a few more free agent signings and that would be plenty to get all of those extensions done. And if they do score a big free agent signing, it would be worth it to restructure the contract of someone like Ryan Kerrigan to get them done.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.


Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 23
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 124
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 169

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Philadelphia Eagles lineman Michael Bennett has been indicted on felony abuse for allegedly pushing an elderly NRG Stadium worker during Super Bowl LI.

Bennett was indicted by the Harris County, Texas district attorney's office for injury to the elderly — which is intentionally and knowingly causing injury to a person 65 years or older, according to a press release from the Harris County Sheriffs' Office.

A warrant has been issued for Bennett's arrest.

The 66-year-old paraplegic stadium worker was attempting to control field access when Bennett allegedly pushed her. 

The maximum penalty Bennett faces is ten years in prison in addition to a $10,000 fine.


Bennett — whose brother Martellus played in that Super Bowl for New England — was a member of the Seattle Seahawks during the incident and was in attendance as a noncompetitive player.

The NFL has been made aware of the situation and is looking into the matter, according to Pro Football Talk.

The 32-year-old 10-year NFL veteran could potentially face NFL discipline under the league's personal conduct policy.