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Redskins vs. Cowboys Live Updates: Score, stats, highlights, analysis, video

Redskins vs. Cowboys Live Updates: Score, stats, highlights, analysis, video

Today is the day.

It's Thanksgiving, which means it's time  to settle the score once again with Redskins vs. Cowboys.

Arguably the fiercest rivalry in NFL history is back on Thanksgiving for just the seventh time and the first time since 2012.

The Redskins (6-3-1) head to Dallas fresh off a huge Sunday night victory over the Packers and look to win their third in a row. But they take on the NFL's hottest team in the Cowboys (9-1), thanks to the emergence of rookies Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott.

The two teams met in Week 2, with the Cowboys emerging victorious with a 27-23 victory. But the Redskins have won six of the eight games since Week 2, and look to be clicking on all cylinders. But the same could be said for the Cowboys, having won nine in a row since a Week 1 loss to the Giants.

Will the Thanksgiving showdown provide another memorable highlight reel performance from the Redskins, looking to even the season score? Will the Cowboys grab a stranglehold of the NFC East with a convincing victory?

Redskins vs. Cowboys kicks off at 4:30 p.m. ET on FOX, with Redskins Kickoff getting started at 3:30 p.m. ET on CSN Mid-Atlantic. (Channel Finder)

CSN Mid-Atlantic is here to provide you with the latest live updates, scores, highlights, stats and analysis from the Thanksgiving day game between the Redskins and Cowboys.

REDSKINS VS. COWBOYS LIVE UPDATES

FOURTH QUARTER:

7:38 p.m.: This one ain't over just yet. Cousins drives the length of the field and hits Reed for a second touchdown to make it 31-26. Can the Redskins recover the onsides kick?

7:22 p.m.: Cowboys come back once again. After the Redskins tried (and failed) on an onsides kick, Dallas gets another touchdown, this time on a run from Elliot. It's 31-19. 

7:10 p.m.: And they respond! Cousins hits a wiiiiide open DeSean Jackson for 67 yards to make it 24-18 with 9:22 left. 

7:05 p.m.: After the Redskins scored a touchdown to make it 17-12, the Cowboys respond with a touchdown of their own as Prescott runs it in. It's 25-12 Dallas. 

THIRD QUARTER:

6:50 p.m.: The Redskins are driving again after Jordan Reed's ridiculous catch near the end of the third quarter. They're in the red zone again, can they finally cash in? 

6:28 p.m.: Jordan Reed has returned to the field after an apparent shoulder injury. 

SECOND QUARTER:

5:58 p.m.: Another botched red zone trip means the Redskins have to again settle for a field goal. It's 17-6 Cowboys at halftime. 

5:47 p.m.: More Dak, more problems. The Cowboys go up 17-3 on a Prescott touchdown pass to Terrance Williams. Redskins are in a bit of trouble.  

5:43 p.m.: We're thinking the sun might be a problem, you guys. 

5:31 p.m.: Dez Bryant has caught a few passes against Josh Norman. This'll be the matchup to watch today. 

5:26 p.m.: Bad news for Jordan Reed. 

5:16 p.m.: Dustin Hopkins hits a short field goal inside the red zone to put the Redskins on the board. It's 7-3 Dallas early in the second quarter. 

5:15 p.m.: Uh oh. Tight end Jordan Reed was down for a while after he fell hard on his shoulder. He was able to get up on his, but he's headed to the locker room. We'll keep you updated on his situation. 

FIRST QUARTER:

5:02 p.m.: Chris Baker got a big tackle for a loss of Elliot, so you know he had to mimic the rookie's trademark celebration. 

4:42 p.m.: Oh boy, that was entirely too easy. Cowboys drive the length of the field on their opening drive, finishing it off with a Ezekiel Elliot touchdown to make it 7-0 Dallas. 

PREGAME:

3:15 p.m.: Here's something you may not know: Since taking over as the starting RB three weeks ago, Robert Kelley has outpaced Ezekiel Elliott in rushing yards. Kelley has 321 yards and 4 touchdowns on 67 carries. Elliott has 303 yards and 4 touchdowns on 64 carries. 

3:10 p.m.: It's a familiar affair in Dallas for the Kerrigan bunch. 

2:55 p.m.: The Redskins officially announced their list of inactives for today's game. All the regulars are good to go. 

1:30 p.m.: If you we're hoping the Redskins would be wearing #ColorRush uniforms today, you're not in luck. But, they're going with white jerseys and burgundy pants, a tasty combo.

12:45 p.m.: So the NFL Network gave their predictions for the #WASvsDAL game today. They think the Cowboys have a better QB, RB, WR and Defense than the Redskins. I don't think that is entirely accurate. 

12:22 p.m.: Like I mentioned earlier, we sent JP Finlay and Rich Tandler to Dallas for the game. JP had some fun dressing up like a cowboy. A bit too much fun. 

12:00 p.m.: But since the theme of the day is "giving Thanks" we examined the top three things the Redskins — and its fans — should be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

11:55 a.m.: Redskins vs. Cowboys is more than just a Thanksgiving day game. Today is about more than just a rivalry. Here are the five things you need to know about today's big game. 

11:50 a.m.: Since it is Thanksgiving, and everyone has an opinion on food, we decided to open things up for you to weigh in. But be warned, your food takes are bad and my food takes are good. Hate to break it to you all. 

11:45 a.m.: We sent our CSN Insiders JP Finlay and Rich Tandler down to the Lone Star State for the big game in Big D today. Give them a follow on Twitter and be sure to follow our CSN Redskins account as well. 

11:40 a.m.: Happy Thanksgiving, everyone and welcome to the live blog for Redskins vs. Cowboys. As always, I — Troy Machir — am your tour guide for the game thread of stats, highlights and analysis

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Need to Know: Redskins' Jay Gruden and Alex Smith from the podium

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Need to Know: Redskins' Jay Gruden and Alex Smith from the podium

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, May 24, 64 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

What Jay Gruden and Alex Smith had to say from the podium

After yesterday’s OTA practice, Alex Smith and Jay Gruden took the podium. Here are some of their quotes and my comments on them:

Smith was asked about getting together with his new teammates:

So I think every guy these last two days has enjoyed just getting back out there and losing yourself in the game, right? To be limited, it does make you miss it, and I think it makes you appreciate it, so that’s been nice. 

Comment: This is a guy who loves football and everything that goes with it. Smith would start playing games tomorrow if they were scheduled.

Gruden was asked how Smith has looked in these first two days of OTAs:

He’s got good command of the offense already. Great command in the huddle. He’s just getting a feel for the receivers, the players around him, how we call things, but overall, the first two days, I would say I’m very pleased with his quick progression and learning. I knew that wouldn’t be an issue with as much as he’s played in a similar-style system.

Comment: It did seem that Smith was in sync with his receivers, Jamison Crowder in particular. He and Paul Richardson connected on a deep pass after giving each other a look at the line of scrimmage. The encouraging thing is that he is coming from a similar offensive system, so the learning curve should not be too long. 

Smith had a great analogy when asked about similarities to the offenses he has run:

Both from West Coast worlds, so it’s kind of like they are all Latin-based languages, you know, but they are not the same. There are some similarities, structure of the playbook, of how we call things, things like that. There are a lot of similarities but it’s not the same language. I guess that’s the best analogy I can make

Comment: If terminology is the biggest obstacle for Smith to overcome it will be a smooth transition for him. 

Gruden was impressed with the running backs. 

“I’ll tell you what, just today in general, you could see the competition. You could see Rob Kelley step up. Samaje Perine’s had a couple big days. Byron Marshall, I mean, he had a couple great routes today. He’s running the ball between the tackles. [Kapri] Bibbs had some big runs yesterday. Obviously, Derrius Guice has come in here and fueled the fire a little bit.

Comment: I think that the Redskins are going to have to release some good running backs. Rob Kelly never really earned the nickname “Fat Rob” but he looked particularly lean and quick running the ball. He wants nothing to do with being on the roster bubble. Marshall moved quickly and showed his speed. Although Gruden wouldn’t say it, Guice clearly was the best of the bunch; his ability to change direction while maintaining his speed will serve him well. It must be noted that they are not in pads and not getting tackled so more definitive opinions will have to wait until we are in Richmond for a few days. 

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

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Timeline  

Days until:

—Minicamp (6/12) 19
—Training camp starts (7/26) 64
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 78

The Redskins last played a game 144 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 108 days. 

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Redskins OTA practice report—QB Alex Smith sharp

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Redskins OTA practice report—QB Alex Smith sharp

Even though it was a bright, warm Wednesday in Ashburn the Redskins held their OTA session in the practice bubble because recent rains have left their outdoor fields to soggy to use. Here are my observations from the practice:

—A few Redskins were not present and a few who were there were not participating in the drills. Jay Gruden said that OT Trent Williams is rehabbing in Texas and that LB Zach Brown is in the process of relocating to the Washington area. RB Chris Thompson and OT Morgan Moses were present, but both were spectators. 

— It should be noted that even though Moses didn’t practice and is still rehabbing after ankle surgery, he still participated in the sideline-to-sideline running the team does at the end of practice.

—At rookie camp, RB Derrius Guice was first in line to do every drill. Today, he gave way to the veterans to all take their reps and then he went first among the rookies. 

— “Fat Rob” Kelley never really was fat but he is now lean and mean. He also seems to be a half step quicker than he was in the past. Added competition in the form of second- and fourth-round picks being added at your position will do that to a player. 

—The “starting” offensive line from left to right was Geron Christian, Shawn Lauvao, Chase Roullier, Brandon Scherff, and John Kling. The interior could well start the season; the tackle position awaits the returns of Williams, Moses, and Ty Nsekhe. 

—RB Byron Marshall, who was on the team briefly last year before getting injured, looked very quick with good acceleration.

—CB Josh Norman was back with the group fielding punts. I seriously doubt that he will handle any kicks in games, even preseason games, but perhaps with DeAngelo Hall being gone he wants to be available as an emergency option. Also back with the punt returners were CB Danny Johnson, CB Greg Stroman, WR Maurice Harris, WR De’Mornay Pierson-El, and, of course, WR Jamison Crowder.

—S D.J. Swearinger spent most of the special teams practice on the sideline working on catching passes with his hands extended away from his body. A little while later, he had a chance to make an interception with his arms extended. Of course, he dropped it. 

—It seems like QB Alex Smith and Crowder have some good rapport built already. Once on the right sideline and a few minutes later on the left, Smith threw a well-placed ball into Crowder, who was well covered on both occasions. 

—Eventually, CB Orlando Scandrick caught on and he swatted down a quick out to Crowder. 

—With Brown out, Josh Harvey-Clemons was with the first unit at inside linebacker. He’s still skinny but less so than he was last year. The second-year player was impressive in coverage, staying with Crowder step for step on a deep pass down the middle.

—The play of the day was a deep pass down the right side from Smith to WR Paul Richardson. Stroman was with the receiver step for step on the 9 route but Smith laid the ball out perfectly and Richardson made a lunging catch. Even though it doesn’t have to under the new rule, the catch did survive the ground. 

—WR Cam Sims had a few impressive plays. On one, QB Colt McCoy lofted one high in the air down the right side. Sims kept his focus on the ball while two defenders lost it and made the catch. 

—WR Trey Quinn had his moments. He made a good grab while being bumped by Scandrick. But a while later he dropped a fairly easy one. 

—The running backs all looked good but Guice looked the best of all of them. He had an ability to cut and maintain his speed that not many have. With the warning that they were playing with no pads with no contact and not at full speed, Guice’s vision appeared to be outstanding. 

More 2018 Redskins

- 53-man roster: Player one-liners, offense
- Tandler’s Take: Best- and worst-case scenarios for 2018
- The draft: Redskins should get 4 additional picks in 2019 draft
- Schedule series: Gotta beat the Cowboys

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.