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Redskins vs. Cowboys Live Updates: Scores, Stats, Highlights

Redskins vs. Cowboys Live Updates: Scores, Stats, Highlights

After an opening week loss to the Steelers, the Washington Redskins will renew their age-old rivalry with the Dallas Cowboys. 

With Antonio Brown's big game against the Skins last Monday night, Washington will have another opportunity to lock down a top-notch receiver in Dez Bryant. Are Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland up to the task? 

The reigning NFC East champions will host their division foes at FedEx Field at 1:00 p.m on FOX and CSN Mid-Atlantic is providing live updates, stats, scores, and highlights throughout the entire game.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS VS. DALLAS COWBOYS LIVE UPDATES

Pregame:

10:38 a.m. — Look who's back. Former Redskins running back Alfred Morris greets to his "stadium fam" at FedEx Field for the first time as a member of the Cowboys. 

12:14 p.m. — The inactives list is out. All players listed as questionable (Trent Williams,  Chris Baker, Su'A Cravens and Josh Doctson) will play today. Duke Ihenacho will also be active following a healthy scratch in Week 1. 

12:25 p.m. — As is typically the case, the Cowboys bring out the stars. This week, that star happens to be a local fellow by the name of John Wall. Here he is talking with Dez Bryant. 

12:35 p.m. — Su'a Cravens is playing with a heavy heart today after learning about the death of his grandfather

12:43 p.m. — Well, you knew opposing fans would try to spin "You Like That?!" at some point. And with the Cowboys' starting a quarterback named Dak, it only made sense for a few fans to rock these shirts. 

12:56 p.m. — It's Alfred Morris' homecoming, and after saying hello to most of his old Redskins mates, his met Kirk Cousins at midfield for a pregame hug. 

First Quarter:

1:04 p.m. — First play from scrimmage results in an injury. Kedric Golson is down after appearing to hyperextend his knee. 

1:14 p.m. — The Redskins defense bent, but didn't break on the first drive of the game. Josh Norman forced an incompletion on third-and-goal that led to a Cowboys field goal. It's 3-0 Dallas early in the first. 

1:20 p.m. — A promising first drive for the Redskins ends with a Kirk Cousins overthrow to Jamison Crowder on what looked like a touchdown. 

1:33 p.m. — Ezekiel Elliot scores on a one-yard plunge and the Redskins are down 10-0 late in the first quarter. 

Second quarter: 

1:44 p.m. — John Wall is already in the house. Looks like his boss, Wizards owner Ted Leonsis, is as well. 

1:48 p.m. — And the Redskins are on the board. Matt Jones with a 14-yard run to cut the deficit to 10-7 Cowboys. 

2:03 p.m. — Another missed opportunity for Cousins, who overthrows DeSean Jackson on third down on what could have a long touchdown. Redskins punting midway through the second quarter. 

2:12 p.m. — Chris Baker is down with an apparent injury. After losing Golston earlier, the Redskins can't afford to be without more defensive lineman. 

2:16 p.m. — DeAngelo Hall with a pass deflection to force a Dallas field goal. Redskins trail 13-7 with 4:34 left in the second. 

2:30 p.m. — Redskins tack on a field goal late in the second quarter to make it 13-10. Cousins hasn't quite looked like himself, but is 11-for-18 and 131 yards. Jordan Reed has caught three passes for 48 yards. 

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Third quarter: 

2:53 p.m. — That's the Kirk Cousins we remember from last year. On the first drive of the second half, the Redskins marched 75 yards and scored on a Cousins pass to Jamison Crowder. Washington is ahead for the first time today, up 17-13 early in the third quarter. 

3:05 p.m. — And here come the Cowboys. Dak Prescott runs it in from six yards out to give his team a 20-17 third-quarter lead. 

3:07 p.m. — Cowboys go for the onsides kick and come up short, as the ball didn't go past 10 yards. Redskins get it back with good field position. 

3:13 p.m. — And we're tied. The Redskins drive stalls inside the red zone, leading to another Dustin Hopkins field goal. It's a 20-20 game late in the third quarter. 

3:18 p.m. — Raise your hand if you had Vernon Davis as the Redskins' leading receiver so far. He's got five catches for 51 yards. It's not just about Jordan Reed with this tight end group. 

3:19 p.m. — The defense takes yet another hit. Will Compton down and being looked at by the training staff. 

3:21 p.m. — Redskins defense with a HUGE play, recovering a fumble. And who caused it? Josh Norman. Washington takes over in Cowboys territory. 

3:26 p.m. — Redskins settle for a field goal, but are up 23-20 as the fourth quarter begins. Looks like we're in for a good finish. 

Fourth Quarter:

3:36 p.m. — Big play for the rookie! Josh Doctson hauls in a 57-yard pass from Cousins and the Redskins are suddenly in business. 

3:39 p.m. — Uh oh. Cousins throws an endzone interception and a promising drive is halted. 

3:48 p.m. — Preston Smith comes out of the game with an ankle injury. He's questionable to return. 

3:50 p.m. — It had to happen, didn't it? Cowboys take the lead on a touchdown from — guess who? — Alfred Morris. Dallas up 27-23 with 4:45 left in the fourth quarter. 

3:54 p.m. — So weird. 

3:59 p.m. — Here's your ballgame: It's fourth and one at the two-minute warning and the Redskins are in their own territory. Jay Gruden will go for it. Here we go. 

4:02 p.m. — Incomplete. Cowboys take over. 

4:11 p.m. — That's it. Redskins can't complete comeback and fall 27-23 to the Cowboys. Washington is 0-2. 

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Redskins' schedule "rest disparity" is very fair in 2018

Redskins' schedule "rest disparity" is very fair in 2018

The NFL started taking into account a new factor when putting together its schedule this year. The concept is called rest disparity. It stems from a complaint made by the Giants last year. And, of course, when the Giants have a cold, the NFL sneezes and immediately does whatever it takes to cure the cold. 

Here is how Peter King laid it out this morning on the MMQB:

Last year, I heard the Giants were not pleased with their schedule because they felt they were too often playing teams more rested than they were. In consecutive October weeks, they played teams coming off byes, for instance. The NFL calculated a figure for every team based on the number of combined days of rest for their foes or for the team, calculating, for instance, in those two weeks, the Giants were a minus-14 (minus-seven for each of the foes, Seattle and Denver, coming off byes). In all, by my math, the Giants were a league-worst minus-22 in “rest disparity.”

So the schedule makers worked to minimize the rest disparity this year. According to King, the worst rest disparity in the league this year is minus-11. The Giants are minus-eight. 

The question that Redskins fans will have immediately here is if the Giants’ rest disparity was reduced at the expense of the team in burgundy and gold. The answer that will surprise many is no. 

The Redskins rest disparity in 2018 will be either minus-one or zero. The variance is due to the possibility that their Week 16 game in Tennessee will be flexed to a Saturday game (see details here). If the game stays on Sunday, they will be at minus-one in rest disparity. If it gets moved, they will have had exactly as much rest over the course of the season as did their opponents, in aggregate. 

If you're interested in the nitty-gritty, here is how it breaks down. In eight or nine of their games, they will have had the same amount of rest as their opponents. They play one game coming off of their bye, a Monday night game in New Orleans. The Saints play the previous Sunday, giving Washington a plus-seven in days of rest. That is canceled out when they play the Falcons in Week 9 after Atlanta’s bye. 

Due to their Thanksgiving game, they get three extra days off going into their Week 13 Monday night game in Philadelphia. Two weeks later the Jaguars will have those three extra days of rest when they host the Redskins, having played on Thursday in Week 14.

They lose a day relative to their opponents coming off of those Monday night games against the Saints and Eagles. The Redskins get an extra day prior to visiting the Giants in Week 8 as New York has a Monday night game in Week 7. 

So far, that comes to minus-one in rest disparity. That will remain in place if they play the Titans on Sunday, December 23. If the game is flexed to Saturday, they will gain a day of rest on the Eagles in Week 17, zeroing out the rest disparity for the season. 

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Clarifying the confusion about the Redskins' Week 16 game at the Titans

Clarifying the confusion about the Redskins' Week 16 game at the Titans

There was some confusion about the Redskins’ Week 16 game in Tennessee when the NFL schedule dropped. The schedule pushed out by the Redskins said that the game date and time are to be determined. Other versions that went out, including the one on NFL.com, says the game will be on Sunday, December 23 at 1 p.m.

So what’s the story? Well, if you’re thinking of making reservations to go to Nashville to watch the game you just might want to hold off for a while. Like, until early November. 

In an under the radar move, the NFL has established flex scheduling for its late-season Saturday games. Here are the details from the schedule press release from Redskins PR:

“Flexibility for Saturday games in Weeks 15 and 16 is also part of the 2018 schedule. In Week 15, there will be two games played on Saturday on NFL Network, with the game times of 4:30 p.m. and 8:20 p.m. to be determined. In Week 16, two of four possible matchups will be scheduled for Saturday. Start times and Saturday games for Week 15 and 16 will be announced no later than following Week 8, with the non-Saturday games to be played on Sunday.”

The way it sets up, if the Redskins and Titans are playing well in midseason there is a good chance the game will be played on Saturday, December 22 at either 4:30 or 8:20. If one or both teams are struggling, the league and networks could choose to flex two of the other four matchups to Saturday. 

This is taking flex scheduling to a different level. It’s one thing shifting a Sunday kickoff seven and a half hours from 1 p.m. to 8:30. It’s another to shift a whole day. The visiting teams can’t make travel arrangements, not knowing if they need to come into town on Friday for a Saturday game or on Saturday for Sunday. Fans who want to travel to the game are in the same boat. 

Of course, if you can afford it, you can just add a day to your Nashville excursion. There are worse things in the world than spending an extra day or two in Music City. 

If you have to wait to make your plans, as the Redskins do, you will find out no later than October 29, which is when Week 8 ends. 

Do you believe in trends? Then you should hope that the game does get flexed to Saturday. The Redskins have won three straight Saturday games, beating the Eagles in both 2014 and 2015 (the latter game clinching the division title for Washington) and the Bears in 2016. 

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