Here is what you need to know on this Monday, October 30, six days before the Washington Redskins go to Seattle to play the Seahawks.


Today’s schedule: Jay Gruden new conference 3 pm

Days until:

—Vikings @ Redskins (11/12) 13
—Redskins @ Saints (11/9) 20
—Giants @ Redskins Thanksgiving (11/23) 24

The five key moments from Redskins vs. Cowboys

Ezekiel Elliott fumble on first play from scrimmage—Matt Ioannidis forced it, Josh Norman recovered it, and the Redskins were set up with a first down at the Dallas 29. The offensive play selection was tepid, with three conservative passes gaining nine yards. Nick Rose kicked a 38-yard field goal and although the Redskins managed to convert the turnover into points they did not maximize.

The blocked field goal—In the second quarter, Rose lined up to attempt a 36-yard field goal with Washington up 13-7. The snap was a little off and perhaps a more experienced kicker could have overcome that. But Rose was kicking in his second NFL game and it seemed that the timing was a fraction late and the kick was blocked. Orlando Scandrick picked the ball up and rolled 86 yards. Two plays later the Cowboys were in the end zone and what was going to be a nine-point lead into a one-point deficit. The Redskins never led again.

Back to back fumbles in third quarter—It was still 14-13 and Redskins had a nice drive going after receiving the second-half kickoff. But on a third-down play at midfield, Tyrone Crawford got to Cousins and knocked the ball out. Demarcus Lawrence recovered for the Cowboys. Then, after a Dallas field goal, Chris Thompson fumbled the ball on the kickoff. It looked like two Redskins had a bead on it but the Cowboys ended up with it, setting up a field goal. A one-point game had become a one-touchdown game at 20-13 and the mountain the wounded Redskins needed to climb became higher and, with the rain increasing in intensity, literally slipperier.


Josh Doctson drop—On the next possession, the Redskins faced third and seven at their own 22. Doctson had a couple of steps on his defender going down the left sideline. Cousins pass was short but Doctson still had an opportunity to turn and make a catch that would have given the Redskins a first down near midfield. But the ball went through Doctson’s arms and fell incomplete. The Redskins punted and the Cowboys drove for another field goal to make it a two-score game.

Dez Bryant third-down catch—The Redskins showed some fight as they drove for a touchdown to make it 26-19 with about four and a half minutes to play. They kicked away, hoping to get the ball back for a final drive. They still had two time outs left when the Cowboys faced third and four at their own 31. But Dak Prescott was able to find Bryant, who had mostly been quiet all day, near the left sideline for five yards. The rest of the game was a mere formality.

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