Cowboys lose to Washington: Not thankful for injuries

Zack Martin, Dallas Cowboys (Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)
Zack Martin, Dallas Cowboys (Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Dallas Cowboys’ injuries spoil Thanksgiving for the team and fans

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I’m sorry to say that the Dallas Cowboys made it a little worse with their performance against the Washington Football Team on Thursday afternoon.

The Cowboys have suffered countless injuries all season long. And that tradition continued early in this game, as we saw left tackle Cameron Erving, right tackle Zack Martin, defensive end Randy Gregory, and special teamer Steven Parker all go down with injuries.

Luckily, Gregory would return to play (and posted 2.0 sacks), while Martin and Erving missed the rest of the contest. They were certainly missed by the team.

Dallas’ offense was playing well in the first quarter. Quarterback Andy Dalton showed off his arm while wideout Amari Cooper showed off his speed on a 54-yard touchdown. The team totaled 174 yards of offense in the first half of the game.

Yet again, Dallas struggled to defend Washington’s run game. The Cowboys allowed WFT to rush for a whopping 208 yards back in Week Seven. Washington had 70 rushing yards in the first half of this game. Their offensive line repeatedly bullied the Dallas defense and even ran some trick plays to catch them off guard.

At halftime, Washington led the Dallas Cowboys, 17-13

Running back Ezekiel Elliott has had a difficult time securing the ball this season. His fumble early in the third quarter marked his fifth lost fumble on the season. That ties his fumbles lost in his first four seasons in the NFL.

Elliott didn’t play well at all this game. He finished with only 11 touches and an embarrassing 39 yards from scrimmage.

Injuries along the Dallas’ offensive line were visible, with Dalton always having a defender in his face. Washington sacked him a total of four times.

The run game also struggled with multiple defenders getting into the backfield. There were three runs where the ball carrier lost yards.

Running back Antonio Gibson had another standout game against the Cowboys. He got a hat trick with three rushing touchdowns.

The 2020 third-round pick has only two games where he eclipsed 100 rushing yards. This game and the Week 7 game against, you guessed it, the Dallas Cowboys.

Remember that three-game stretch of not giving up 30+ points? How we finally thought defensive coordinator Mike Nolan turned around the defense? Well, that’s down the drain. It’s also Washington’s first time putting up 30+ points in a game this season.

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Final Score: 41-16 Washington

The Dallas Cowboys are in Baltimore next week to play the Ravens on Thursday night football at 9:20 CDT.