Cowboys lose another quarterback and the game to Washington

Andy Dalton, Dallas Cowboys (Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)
Andy Dalton, Dallas Cowboys (Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Dallas Cowboys wanted to lead their division with a win in Washington. Instead, their blowout loss could mean disaster for America’s Team.

The Dallas Cowboys lined up against the Washington Football Team on Sunday in a Week Seven matchup at FedExField. Washington’s strength at the defensive line was up against Dallas’ weakness, their offensive line. Cowboys fans prepared themselves for a stressful game.

Dallas’ defense did not play well at all, except for a goal-line stop on Washington’s first drive. On their first two drives, Washington averaged 7.4 yards per play.

Wherever Washington running back Antonio Gibson wanted to run, he got there with help from his offensive line. Whenever Washington quarterback Kyle Allen was running a pass play, he found an open option.

Giving up big plays cost Dallas a ton. Allen found wideout Terry McLaurin on a 52-yard pass for a touchdown in the second quarter, and Gibson had a 40-yard run in the first quarter.

A missed tackle by linebacker Jaylon Smith allowed Washington to score a touchdown, bringing their points to 22. That marks the sixth game in a row Dallas gave up 20+ points in the first half.

In this game, Washington had their most rushing yards, passing yards, and points score in the first half of a game this season. Their offense hasn’t done much all season except for today.

At halftime: The score was 22-3 Washington

With 11 minutes left in the third quarter, Washington eclipsed the most rushing yards they’ve had in an entire game this season. There were still 26 minutes of game time left to get more.

With no passing options open, quarterback Andy Dalton opted to avoid giving up a safety and run for some yards. As we went for a slide, Washington linebacker Jon Bostic lowered his helmet into Dalton, forcing him out of the game with what looked like a concussion.

That forced 2020 seventh-round pick Ben DiNucci to come in at quarterback. His first play was a bad toss to running back Ezekiel Elliott, but he rebounded with a nice throw to wideout Amari Cooper.

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In this game, the Cowboys gave up six sacks. Their offensive line was not able to block anyone all game. A glimpse of Dalton screaming at them before his injury pretty much sums up the frustration and their performance.

Final Score: 25-3 Washington

The Dallas Cowboys will play the Eagles in Philadelphia next Sunday night at 7:20 p.m. CDT.