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Cowboys Prevail In Washington For First 2016 Season Victory

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Cowboys Survive In Washington With Impressive Victory

The Dallas Cowboys paid a visit to the Washington Redskins week two of the 2016 NFL season. Both teams came into the game 0-1 and with a goal to avoid a 0-2 start for the season. The Cowboys were able to leave FedEx Field with a victory.

This match up was a physical and back and forth style game. The Cowboys came out early and got their play maker, Dez Bryant the ball as they established a strong passing game. Dak Prescott didn’t force any balls his way, but made sure to get him involved early if the read was there.

After receiving just five targets last week against the Giants, Bryant was targeted 12 times against the Redskins and earned his first 100 yard receiving game of the season. With Bryant seemingly more involved in the offense, results showed an increase in bigger plays. Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, Jason Witten, Geoff Swaim, and Lance Dunbar each averaged at least 13 yards a reception, according to

The Cowboys had a very balanced attack on the offensive end. Dak Prescott attempted 30 passes and the Cowboys ran the ball 30 times as well. Ezekiel Elliott improved his rushing average with four yards a carry compared to just 2.6 in week one, according to

Along with a consistent and effective offense, the Cowboys’ defense made plays when it mattered most, specifically Barry Church’s interception in the end zone in the 4th quarter to stall a strong drive by the Redskins. This turnover led to a game winning drive by the Cowboys which was capped off with an Alfred Morris rushing touchdown.

Dak Prescott had another efficient game with 22 completed passes from 30 attempts. He didn’t throw for a touchdown, however he had a six yard run for a score. The important note for Prescott’s play so far is how he’s taking care of the ball. He hasn’t turned the ball over though two games and that’s going to keep Dallas in a lot of games down the road if he can continue that. As they progress through the season, the Cowboys will look back on this victory with the hope to emulate the result.

When asked about Prescott’s play so far, Cowboys Head Coach, Jason Garrett mentioned

“He has been very impressive from a poise and composure standpoint from day one”.

The Cowboys’ front seven played very well. They only surrendered 82 rushing yards and getting pressure on Kirk Cousins was huge for the Cowboys defense. Cousins dropped back to throw 46 times and was forced into several bad throws. They relied on their defense for this crucial road victory. If the Cowboys’ defense can force teams to be one dimensional, they can apply more pressure and continue to force opposing quarterbacks into bad situations.

The defense gave up yards, but didn’t surrender any points late in the game to the Redskins. Cowboys Head Coach, Jason Garrett noted the Cowboys’ defense looked sharp.

“The defense did an outstanding job in this game. We gave them some scoring opportunities, but at nut-cutting time our defense did a really good job keeping them out of the end zone”.

Dak Prescott looks comfortable and in command of this Cowboys offense. He’s been getting the ball out quick and making the right throws. He wasn’t asked to do nearly as much week two compared to week one when he attempted 45 passes. With a balanced offensive attack, the Cowboys were able to improve to 1-1 after a victory in Washington and will prepare to take on the Chicago Bears next week on Sunday night.