Despite committing a high number of penalties, the Dallas Cowboys were able to make enough big plays to defeat the injury-riddled Washington Redskins, 33-19.
It was a gloomy, rainy afternoon in Hyattsville, Maryland, the location of FedExField, home of the Washington Redskins. The Dallas Cowboys traveled to the stadium, which is just 6.5 miles from Washington D.C. to face off against their longtime divisional rivals on Sunday.
Although the weather certainly wreaked havoc on both teams during the contest, penalties nearly hobbled America’s Team in what was predicted to be a fairly easy victory for Dallas. Especially considering Washington listed 17 players on their final injury report, including a majority of their offensive line.
The Cowboys committed a whopping eight penalties in the game. Three of which were called on All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith, who has been dealing with an ailing back. A questionable pass interference call on Dallas cornerback Anthony Brown in the end zone allowed the Redskins to score a touchdown late in the fourth quarter, bring the game within seven points for Washington.
After posting three straight games with three touchdown passes in each, Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott failed to score against the Redskins’ defense. Prescott finished the game completing 14 of his 22 passes for 143 yards. No doubt the weather played a part in his limited numbers.
So did the fact the Cowboys ran the ball 39 times! Starting running back Ezekiel Elliott had 33 of those carries for 150 yards and two scores. It was Zeke’s third straight game to rush for over 100 yards. Elliott has posted five total touchdowns in his last two games.
Defensively, Dallas sacked Redskins’ quarterback Kirk Cousins four times. Two of those sacks wee by defensive tackle David Irving. And both defensive ends DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford posted a sack each.
Irving has recorded 5.0 sacks in his first three games of the season. For Lawrence, Sunday’s sack brings his total to 10.5 on the year. And Crawford had a field goal block that was the key play of the ball game. Finally, safety Byron Jones recorded only his second career interception late in the fourth quarter which sealed the Cowboys victory with a pick six.
The 4-3 Dallas Cowboys will now head back home to welcome the 5-2 Kansas City Chiefs to town as the two will play at AT&T Stadium next Sunday, November 5th at 3:25 p.m. CT.