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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Scott Turner won the Redskins offensive coordinator job over Kevin O'Connell, per source

Scott Turner won the Redskins offensive coordinator job over Kevin O'Connell, per source

There has been plenty of speculation as to why new Redskins head coach Ron Rivera decided to hire Scott Turner as offensive coordinator, and now a source tells NBC Sports Washington the answer is simple. 

Turner won the job competition. 

Many expected 2019 Redskins offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell to maintain his position when the team hired Rivera as their new head coach earlier this month. That didn't happen. 

As Rivera moved quickly to assemble his coaching staff, the biggest question seemed to be running the offense and working with second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Rivera interviewed O'Connell and Turner for the job, and asked to interview former Giants head coach Pat Shurmur. 

Shurmur declined the interview, and at that point, a source explained that Rivera then made his decision to go with Turner over O'Connell. 

So why Turner? 

Both candidates got their first experience calling plays last year after an in-season firing to the head coach. The results weren't great for either coach, but Turner's game plans involved more play action passing than O'Connell. 

Turner's resume working with Cam Newton and Teddy Bridgewater mattered, as did the plan Turner presented for working with Haskins. 

It's important to note that Rivera had years of experience working with Turner, as well as his father Norv Turner. That mattered too, and one source explained Rivera "believed" in Turner. 

While O'Connell landed in a strong spot as offensive coordinator for the Rams, he won't be calling plays. Coaches don't like giving up control, particularly offensive coaches giving up play calling. For O'Connell, maybe that will change in LA, but it will take time. 

Some Redskins fans have a bad habit of assuming the worst. That maybe Turner got the job because O'Connell passed on it. That's not the case, per multiple sources.

Ron Rivera wanted his guy, and that's why Turner got the job. 

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Report: Months after major leg injury, Reuben Foster regains feeling in toes

Report: Months after major leg injury, Reuben Foster regains feeling in toes

The Redskins signed linebacker Reuben Foster late in the 2018 season after his release from San Francisco amid domestic violence allegations. The signing caused tremendous backlash towards the organization, but in the end, it was supposed to be worth it for what Foster could do on the field. 

Eventually, charges against Foster got dropped and he wasn't suspended by the NFL. Unfortunately for him and for the Redskins, Foster got injured in his first snap of offseason team activities in May 2019, and it was a major injury. 

The scene on the field that day was traumatic as Foster was visibly in intense pain. In the news that emerged after the injury, Foster had torn multiple ligaments in his knee and NBC Sports Washington reported there was nerve damage in the leg as well. 

Now, it seems like there is finally some positive momentum for Foster's injury. His agent Malki Kawa spoke to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport: "He's got feeling in his toes, the underside of his foot, the side of his foot. The nerve is starting to fire again."

The alarming part here is that Foster had lost feeling in his toes, and for a long period of time too. Foster's injury happened last May. 

Rehabbing a knee is one thing, football players do that all the time. But nerves operate almost on their own, and some nerve damage is irreperable. 

"He's regaining feeling and power," Kawa said. "It shows the nerve is firing. When he moves his leg upward, he can feel around the ankle and the top part of the foot. That's a new thing. The next 60 days are going to be big as far as getting back to normal."

The Redskins know about scary nerve injuries. Promising rookie safety Kyshoen Jarrett sustained nerve damage in his arm in Week 17 of the 2015 season, and never played again. Two years ago, cornerback Quinton Dunbar dealt with a nerve issue in his leg and was basically lost for the year. 

What happens next for Foster will be interesting to watch. 

Kawa said the next 60 days will be important, and that timeline also coincides with more Redskins offseason work. After such a significant injury, it would be premature to make any assumptions about Foster's return to the field, and if/when that happens, his level of play. 

Foster has been seen around the Redskins training facility at times since he was signed in 2018. At various points he was using a scooter and then walking on his own with a significant brace.

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