The Dallas Cowboys have won ten straight games in the regular season for the first time in their franchise’s history with a 31-26 win over the Washington Redskins on NFL Thanksgiving.
It was again the rookies that led Dallas. Quarterback Dak Prescott 195 passing yards on 17-of-24 completions with a touchdown while running back Ezekiel Elliot ran for 97 yards on 20 carries with two TDs. Prescott also ran for 39 yards and a touchdown.
Cousins sets records, first Redskins QB to have 400+ yards in a season
The Cowboys survived a great game from Redskins QB Kirk Cousins who had 449 passing yards with three TDs and no interception. But Washington’s defense couldn’t contain the Cowboys’ surge in the first half when Dallas took the 17-6 lead.
A Redskins’ TD in the second half cut the lead to 24-19 early in the fourth quarter. But the Cowboys responded with their own TD in the next series, capped by an Elliot TD.
Dallas’ ground game pressured Washington
“Over time, you keep running the football, you’re going to wear them down,” Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett stated to ESPN about using Elliot. “He made some big runs late that were critical. It really broke their back.”
The Cowboys face the struggling Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants in their next two games. The Redskins take on the Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles.
Dallas improved to 10-1 this season, the league’s best record. The Redskins dropped to 6-4 and now one game behind the Giants (7-3) in the NFC East.
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