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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.

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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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An almost 20-year run of stability at left tackle is now clearly over for the Redskins

An almost 20-year run of stability at left tackle is now clearly over for the Redskins

Lucky isn't a word that's been attributed to the Redskins much in the 2000s, but when it comes to what they've had at left tackle, the descriptor absolutely works.

Head coaches and quarterbacks, of course, have buzzed in and out of Washington. Supposed long-term answers at other key positions, meanwhile, turned out to be short-term problems. And there's that one time they signed Albert Haynesworth.

Yet at the most important spot on the offensive line, the Burgundy and Gold have been overwhelmingly steady since 2000.

Chris Samuels and Trent Williams are to thank for that.

The Redskins selected Samuels third overall in the 2000 Draft, and from then until the end of the 2009 season, he was their always good, six-time Pro Bowler on the outside.

When an injury forced Samuels to retire, the franchise took Williams fourth overall in the 2010 draft, and from then until the end of the 2019 season, he was their always good (when on the field/not feuding with Bruce Allen), seven-time Pro Bowler on the outside.

So, from 2000 until 2018, the Redskins consistently knew who they'd be lining up at left tackle, and aside from some health hiccups and a couple Williams suspensions, they lined those two guys up at left tackle. Pretty simple.

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Those words do a solid job explaining how lucky they've been, but these numbers do a better one:

  • The Redskins have played 320 regular season games since 2000. Samuels (141) and Williams (119) have combined to start 260 of them. That means the team has gotten Pro Bowl-caliber production at left tackle in 81-percent of their contests over the last 20 years, a number that would be even higher had Williams not sat out 2019.
  • Over those 20 seasons, Samuels (eight times) and Williams (six times) started at least 13 regular season matchups on 14 occasions. Together, Samuels (six times) and Williams (two times) started all 16 regular season matchups on eight occasions.

At this point, you get it. Those two stars held the position down on an almost unprecedented level.

However, that is no longer the norm for the Redskins. They now have to really wonder about something they haven't had to wonder about much at all in the past two decades.

Yes, the same could've mostly been said at this point last year when Williams was in the early stages of his holdout, but even then, there was still some hope that situation could be resolved. This time around, he's gone. 

This time around, the near and far future are a mystery.

While the Redskins feel quite confident about Saahdiq Charles' talent, he's still a 2020 Day 3 pick. He has plenty of supporters and lots of talent, sure, but neither of the two men he'll be trying to replace made it to fifth overall. He was there for Washington at No. 108.

In addition to Charles, Ron Rivera has Cornelius Lucas, a giant 28-year-old veteran who signed in March. Lucas played capably for the Bears in 2019 but has just 16 starts in his six-year career. 

Lastly, there's Geron Christian, a 2018 third-round choice who's played 189 offensive snaps since coming into the league. There's not much else to note about him.

The obvious best-case outcome for the Redskins moving forward is that Charles is able to emerge. Without his trouble at LSU, the 20-year-old would've gone much earlier in the draft. He has the ability to become a dependable starter if he can stay focused in the NFL.

If Charles doesn't deliver, then the team will likely have to go searching for another young option with potential or an older, more established pro. Lucas is more of a rotational piece, while Christian only appears to be an undefined piece. Charles is the one to really monitor.

Sort of like the Packers with Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers at QB, the Redskins have long been spoiled at left tackle thanks to Samuels and Williams. That era, unfortunately, is now over. As for when the next one starts, well, that's anyone's guess. 

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COVID-19 will impact 2020 NFL season - but Redskins players want to get on the field

COVID-19 will impact 2020 NFL season - but Redskins players want to get on the field

Redskins rookie wide receiver Antonio Gandy-Golden tested positive for the coronavirus in March. He fully recovered and the virus is not expected to impact his 2020 season in any way.

That might be the only thing coronavirus won’t impact though.

NFL fans, and Redskins fans particularly, need to prepare for a weird, if not tumultuous, 2020 season. The NFL is admirably pushing forward with their 2020 season but that doesn’t mean there won’t be more players, coaches and staffers that test positive for COVID-19.

"We fully well expect that we will have positive cases that arise," NFL chief doctor Allen Sills said earlier this month.

"We think that this disease will remain endemic in society," Sills continued, "it shouldn't be a surprise that new positive cases arise."

Inevitability.

That’s the world the NFL will enter, eventually, when players, coaches and full staffs start to reconvene, none of which is unique to the NFL.

Coronavirus is everywhere. That’s the world. The NFL exists in that world.

Fans got to enjoy free agency and the NFL Draft, but those events largely took place in a virtual world. Little human interaction required.

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Actual football, however, requires significant human interaction.

The truth of inevitability is that eventually there will be more positive tests. For some players, that’s not particularly troubling.

“I really don’t have any concerns. I just want to get back to playing,” Redskins safety Landon Collins said last week.

Still, the focus remains on health and safety, for football players and for the country at large.

"First things first, you definitely want to be safe. But as far as moving forward, I mean I have full faith in our medical staff, so I mean, it’s really what they determine and what the NFL determines is safe for us to move forward," Redskins defensive tackle Jonathan Allen said.

"That’s really all I can think about, it’s just so much for one person to even try to comprehend that it’s not even worth it, you know?"

Allen is right. 

This virus and the international chaos it has created really are incomprehensible. It seems like there are few facts out there but plenty of rumors and noise.

In the football world, however, one thing seems clear. Players want to play.

"I’m definitely hoping to play the season which I think we will," Allen said, "I couldn’t imagine us not playing a season."

In the NFL it seems almost a certainty there will be a season. But with the inevitability of more positive COVID-19 tests, how that season will play out remains a mystery. 

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