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Cowboys Defeat Redskins On Thanksgiving


Efficient Offense Leads To Crucial Divisional Victory For Dallas

For the second time in four years, the Redskins traveled to Dallas on Thanksgiving to battle the Cowboys. In 2012, the Redskins featured a terrific and efficient rookie duo with Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris. They proved to be too much for Dallas on that day. Four years later, it was the Cowboys that outplayed the Redskins, as they defeated Washington 31-26.  Dallas used efficient games from their own QB-RB rookie tandem in Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot.

If you take a look at the Redskins‘ numbers offensively, you’d likely assume they came away with a win in Dallas. Kirk Cousins had another terrific game despite a sluggish first half. He’s been working his way to earning a big contract following this season and he displayed why on Thanksgiving. Cousins completed 41 out of 53 pass attempts for 449 yards and three passing touchdowns. He made some amazing plays to keep the Redskins in this tight match up. He showed some efficient and effective play on the road in a very hostile environment.

The Dallas offense was simply more effective and efficient on Thursday afternoon. The statistics don’t jump out at you, but watching them move the ball all game long showed how effective they were. The Cowboys had a few long drives that paid off more so for the defense as they were able to get well rested for the fast paced Redskins offense. The Cowboys accumulated 24 first downs on just 55 total plays and committed only three penalties.

Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott had average games statistically, but their ability to control the ball was why Dallas won the game. Prescott completed 17 out of 24 attempts for 195 yards, but he also earned 40 yards on the ground with a rushing touchdown as well. He made his impact in multiple ways with his arm and legs. This ability gives the Cowboys an advantage on offense and Prescott’s rushing touchdown was a prime example. It was a play fake to Elliott and Prescott rolled out to score.

Ezekiel Elliott was held under 100 yards, however he still had a great day on the ground. Elliott gained 97 yards off of 20 carries and found the end zone twice. Elliott had a big run on the first drive of the game and looked like he was going to have a field day against the Washington defense. However, the Redskins did limit the big plays from Elliott for the most part.

Dallas found ways to get their guys involved like Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, and Dez Bryant. Williams made an incredible touchdown grab as he was falling out of bounds and managed to get his toes down just inside the boundary line. Beasley and Bryant tied with five receptions a piece and totaled 128 receiving yardsDallas’ play makers didn’t have huge games, they each made their own impact on the game. This is what makes the Cowboys so dangerous and efficient on offense.

The Cowboys defeated the Redskins for the second time this season, both games being very close. Dallas continues to win as they hold at least a two game lead on the division. With a few weeks left in the season Dallas will look to finish strong with the hopes of venturing deep into the 2016 post season.