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Redskins starters look sharp, continue momentum in win over Cowboys

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Redskins starters look sharp, continue momentum in win over Cowboys

DALLAS— The game didn’t mean anything in the standings but the Redskins wanted to come out of it with a win to post a winning record on the season. They accomplished that goal with a 34-23 win over the Cowboys.

They also wanted to keep their players healthy and they didn’t quite accomplish that. Safety Kyshoen Jarrett left the game with a possible concussion and reserve cornerback Dashaun Phillips was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital after suffering a neck injury in the second quarter.

They did keep their front-line players healthy. Kirk Cousins played until the middle of the second quarter and had another outstanding day. He completed 12 of 15 passes for 176 yards and three touchdowns, posting a passer rating of 155.1.

In the process Cousins broke some Redskins records including most yards passing in a season. He broke the record set in 1986 by Jay Schroeder

A variety of receivers played well for the Redskins. Jordan Reed had four catches for 45 yards, Jamison Crowder had five for 109 and a touchdown and Pierre Garçon hauled in three for 49 and a touchdown.

The Redskins will host a playoff game next weekend. It will be against either the Vikings, Packers, or Seahawks, pending the results of games later this afternoon and tonight.

Key Play: The Redskins were up 7-0 in the first quarter when Kellen Moore threw a pass that inside linebacker picked off for his first career interception. He returned it to the Dallas 43. A few plays later Kirk Cousins threw a beautiful deep ball that Pierre Garçon snatched out of the air for a touchdown to make it 14-0. The Redskins never looked back.

Injury Update:

S Kyshoen Jarrett left the game to be examined for a concussion and a shoulder injury in the first quarter. He did not return.

CB Dashaun Phillips was carted off of the field in the second quarter. He was transported to a local hospital for evaluation of a neck injury.

Scoring drives:

First quarter

Grant 5 pass from Cousins (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 2 plays, 49 yards, 44 seconds

Key plays: This was a quick one after the Redskins got a punt at the Dallas 49. On the first play, Kirk Cousins threw a little misdirection screen to Jamison Crowder, who picked up blocking and scooted down the right side until he was pushed out of bounds at the five. On the next play Cousins flipped at pass to Ryan Grant, who scooted into the end zone for the score.

Redskins 7, Cowboys 0

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Garçon 39 pass from Cousins (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 3 plays, 43 yards, 1:32

Key plays: Another quick drive for the Redskins, this one following a Will Compton interception returned to the Dallas 43. After two Alfred Morris runs it was third and six and Cousins stepped up into the pocket and launched downfield to Pierre Garçon, who snatched the ball out of the air and ran into the end zone.

Redskins 14, Cowboys 0

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Crowder 3 pass from Cousins (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 8 plays, 30 yards, 3:16

Key plays: This was mostly Alfred Morris’ drive which again started in favorable field position at the Dallas 29, the result of a Chris Baker fumble recovery. Morris converted a third and one with a three-yard run and then ran for eight and six yards to set up first and goal at the four. On third down, Cousins found Jamison Crowder open on the left side and fired to him for the touchdown.

Redskins 21, Cowboys 0

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Second quarter

FG Hopkins 27

Drive: 8 plays, 68 yards, 4:18

Key plays: This was a longer drive for the Redskins but they got off to a good start on third and three when Kirk Cousins found Jamison Crowder open down the right sideline for 28 yards into Cowboys territory. Then it was Cousins to Reed to get into the red zone. The drive stalled and Hopkins came in to boot the field goal.

Redskins 24, Cowboys 0

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Witten 4 pass from Moore (Bailey kick)

Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 4:41

Key plays: The Cowboys got on the board with a drive that really got started when up man Jeff Heath took a direct snap from punt formation and fought for two yards up the middle to convert a fourth and one. Then Kellen Moore got going, throwing to James Hannah for 13 yards and then to Terrance Williams for 36 yards to the seven. On second down from the four, Moore threw to Jason Witten just shy of the goal line. The wily veteran poked the ball over the plane for the touchdown.

Redskins 24, Cowboys 7

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Beasley 5 pass from Moore (Bailey kick)

Drive: 86 yards

Key plays: The Cowboys got rolling from their own 14. The big gainers on the drive were Kellen Moore passes of 22 yards to Witten and 24 yards to Brice Butler. After another pass to Witten to set up first and goal at the five, Moore found Cole Beasley in the middle of the end zone for the score.

Redskins 24, Cowboys 14

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Beasley 5 pass from Moore (Bailey kick)

Drive: 7 plays, 86 yards 1:06

Key plays: The Cowboys got rolling from their own 14. The big gainers on the drive were Kellen Moore passes of 22 yards to Witten and 24 yards to Brice Butler. After another pass to Witten to set up first and goal at the five, Moore found Cole Beasley in the middle of the end zone for the score.

Redskins 24, Cowboys 14

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Third quarter

FG Hopkins 32

Drive: 14 plays, 74 yards, 8:41

Key plays: The Redskins got back in control on the scoreboard with a drive that started from their own 11. Alfred Morris got it started with runs and seven and five yards. Chris Thompson picked up a first down with a run of eight yards. After a holding call set them back, Colt McCoy found Jamison Crowder on a screen and the rookie wove for 24 yards to convert a third and 17. Morris ran for gains of of 13 yards for first down at the 33 and then he scooted outside for a gain of 15 to the 18. That set up the Hopkins field goal.

Redskins 27, Cowboys 14

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Fourth quarter

Ross 71 pass from McCoy (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 3 plays, 72 yards, 1:32

Key plays: The Redskins looked to be in bad shape after a holding call. But on third and nine from the 29, Colt McCoy launched a deep pass to Rashad Ross, who was about 15 yards past the nearest defender. He rolled in for the touchdown.

Redskins 34, Cowboys 14

Drive: 7 plays, 86 yards 1:06

Key plays: The Cowboys got rolling from their own 14. The big gainers on the drive were Kellen Moore passes of 22 yards to Witten and 24 yards to Brice Butler. After another pass to Witten to set up first and goal at the five, Moore found Cole Beasley in the middle of the end zone for the score.

Redskins 24, Cowboys 14

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Third quarter

FG Hopkins 32

Drive: 14 plays, 74 yards, 8:41

Key plays: The Redskins got back in control on the scoreboard with a drive that started from their own 11. Alfred Morris got it started with runs and seven and five yards. Chris Thompson picked up a first down with a run of eight yards. After a holding call set them back, Colt McCoy found Jamison Crowder on a screen and the rookie wove for 24 yards to convert a third and 17. Morris ran for gains of of 13 yards for first down at the 33 and then he scooted outside for a gain of 15 to the 18. That set up the Hopkins field goal.

Redskins 27, Cowboys 14

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Fourth quarter

Ross 71 pass from McCoy (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 3 plays, 72 yards, 1:32

Key plays: The Redskins looked to be in bad shape after a holding call. But on third and nine from the 29, Colt McCoy launched a deep pass to Rashad Ross, who was about 15 yards past the nearest defender. He rolled in for the touchdown.

Redskins 34, Cowboys 14

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Safety Morris tackled in the end zone

Drive: --

Key plays: After Will Blackmon picked off a pass at the Redskins one, Morris couldn’t quite get out of the end zone after taking a handoff. The Cowboys got a safety credited to defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence.

Redskins 34, Cowboys 16

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Beasley 4 pass

Drive: 12 plays, 89 yards, 3:32

Key plays: It was Kellen Moore to Darren McFadden to get this one going as the two twice connected for 17 yards. A few plays later on third and eight at the 29, Moore found Brice Butler for a gain of 22 setting up first and goal at the seven. On third down from there, Moore connected with Cole Beasley in the back of the end zone for the score.

Redskins 34, Cowboys 23

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Redskins' cornerback Josh Norman competes in 'Dancing with the Stars' finale Monday

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Redskins' cornerback Josh Norman competes in 'Dancing with the Stars' finale Monday

Josh Norman is fast, smooth and creative with excellent footwork that can leave you speechless.

Sure, those are qualities he has on the football field, but we're actually talking about his skills as a ballroom dancer.

Norman is one of three finalists on "Dancing with the Stars" during a shortened, athletes-only season. The Redskins' cornerback is partnered with pro dancer Sharna Burgess, and the couple will compete against two other pairs in the finals Monday night (8 p.m., ABC). 

Fiery, in sync and always entertaining, Norman and Burgess have stunned in the first three of four total episodes this season, but winning the mirrorball trophy won't be easy. They're up against Olympic figure skating bronze medalist Adam Rippon and former Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding.  

Norman's only real competition is Rippon, who is beyond natural on the dance floor — although Norman has been a delightful surprise as well. Clearly — and like so many previous football players who have done well on "DWTS", like Calvin Johnson and Von Miller — his skills on the gridiron easily translate. 

Here's a look at his previous three performances with Burgess. Does it look like he has what it takes to win?

Week 1: The Cha Cha

Week 2: The Paso Doble

Week 3: A Contemporary Dance

Here's how you can vote for Josh and Sharna in Monday's season finale.

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Free agent, former Redskins linebacker Junior Galette considering retirement

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Free agent, former Redskins linebacker Junior Galette considering retirement

Free-agent Junior Galette has been offered deals with multiple teams this offseason, but the eight-year veteran pass-rusher hasn't signed anything because he's considering retirement as well. 

In an Instagram post Sunday, Galette — who has been with the Redskins since 2015 but only played in the 2017 season because of injuries — wrote that he's simply not sure if he wants to continue playing football. 

He said, on Instagram: "The real reason I haven’t signed is because I’ve contemplated retiring. I have 3 Deals Currently on the table and will Plan Accordingly. All my fans i promise this will be my Best I’m not saying nothing else God Bless All I’m BACK".

Galette signed with the Redskins in the 2015 offseason, but he missed both that season and the 2016 one because of multiple Achilles injuries. He played in all 16 Washington games in 2017 and finished the season with 20 total tackles and three sacks. 

Prior to signing with the Redskins, Galette was with the New Orleans Saints for the first five seasons of his career. In 2013 and 2014 — his best seasons, by far, stats wise — he combined for 87 total tackles and 22 sacks, plus two safeties.

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