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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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Two other Redskins RBs intend to learn whatever they can from Adrian Peterson

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Two other Redskins RBs intend to learn whatever they can from Adrian Peterson

A few weeks ago, running backs coach Randy Jordan floated a hypothetical out to his unit: If you could start a franchise with any guy, who would you pick?

Rob Kelley's answer was Adrian Peterson. And as fate would have it, Peterson is now a part of Kelley's franchise, a fact that has the third-year back floored. 

"I was kind of amazed," Kelley said on Tuesday, which was Peterson's first day as a 'Skin. "I have a opportunity to play with Adrian Peterson, it feels surreal."

Kapri Bibbs' reaction was much of the same.

"It's amazing having him in the building," he told reporters. "I couldn't hope for anything better."

Samaje Perine wasn't in a position to speak to the media by the time the locker room was closed, but at least in the eyes of Kelley and Bibbs, Peterson's arrival is something to embrace. It's not too often you get to go through drills and meetings with a guy who's going to have a bust in Canton sometime soon.

"I don't think there really is a cap to that," Bibbs answered when asked what he's hoping to pick up from Washington's new No. 26. "There's not too much you can learn from him."

"I got him here, what can I learn from him?" Kelley said in reponse to a similar question. "What can I gain from this situation? How can I make myself a better player by watching him?"

Bibbs revealed that Peterson is already "spilling information" to him, which lines up with Peterson saying at the podium in Ashburn he wants to come in and be a positive influence on the rest of the group.

However, Peterson also said in his presser that he "without a doubt" wants to be the starter, and if that does eventually happen, it'll come at the expense of someone else's spot on the roster or someone else's reps in a game, whether that be a Kelley, a Bibbs or a Perine.

That's not something that bothers two of the options already in the Burgundy and Gold's backfield, though.

"I'm always gonna come in every single day, regardless," Bibbs said when Peterson's resume and talents were brought up as something that could pressure him.

Kelley isn't stressed, either.

"Right now, I'm just putting my head down and working and trying to get better."

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Does Adrian Peterson want to start for the Redskins? 'Without a doubt'

Does Adrian Peterson want to start for the Redskins? 'Without a doubt'

Adrian Peterson wants to be a good teammate, but he also made clear that he came to the Redskins to compete for the starting running back job. 

"Without a doubt," Peterson said when asked if he wanted to start. "And I would be cheating myself if that wasn't my approach."

The legendary running back is right, of course. 

Elite athletes always want to be at the top, and that drive is what gets them there. Peterson has run for nearly 12,000 yards in his NFL career, and that doesn't happen by accident.

Coming to Washington presents a different challenge for Peterson. 

Unsigned until August 20th, Peterson ran for a career low 3.4 yards-per-carry last season in split time between the Saints and Cardinals. It's no sure thing he even makes the roster, let alone starts for the Redskins on September 9 when the season begins. 

Peterson, however, is confident he has more left in his legs. 

"I continue to work because at the end of the day I control my output. So that’s why I continue to work hard. I knew an opportunity would present itself. And at the end of the day, God’s willing, stay healthy, the guys up front stay healthy as well, I know that I’ll be able to contribute in a big way in the run game."

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