LANHAM – Coming off of a divisional victory over the New York Giants, the Washington Redskins squared off against the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 30 looking to keep their playoff hopes alive.
However, turnovers and poor defensive play stifled the Redskins as they fell to Dallas, 38-14, to drop their seventh game of the season.
“I wouldn't say that we came out flat. I’d just say we dropped the ball,” Washington Head Coach Jay Gruden said. “I think the effort has been fine, and I just think we missed a lot of opportunities today.
“Credit (Dallas) for making the plays. We just didn't make any. We tried to fight back, and we couldn’t stop them.”
A familiar face in former Redskins running back Alfred Morris showed he still has some gas left in the tank as he barreled through Washington for 127 yards and a touchdown.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott found a cure for his recent “turnover bug” against Washington’s secondary by hitting Jason Witten for an 8-yard touchdown strike after a scoreless first quarter.
Both sides tried to feel each other out early on in a tight defensive battle, but Dallas went on to score 10 unanswered points in the second quarter by way of stellar special teams play. Kicker Dan Bailey nailed a 24-yarder to go up by 10, and then Ryan Switzer returned a punt 83 yards for a score after the Dallas defense forced a three-and-out during the Redskins’ previous possession.
Down but not out, Cousins led a nine-play, 75-yard scoring drive that was capped off by a 20-yard touchdown toss to Ryan Grant to make it 17-7 before halftime.
However, Prescott showed that the pressure would not get to him as he threw his second touchdown pass of the evening to Dez Bryant on a 13-yard score to start the fourth quarter.
Cousins was efficient for the duration of the game, throwing for 251 yards and two touchdowns, including a 14-yard back shoulder fade to Josh Doctson that responded to Bryant’s score.
However, two costly interceptions stunted drives even though one ball bounced off of Jamison Crowder's hands, and the other was tipped at the line altering the flight pattern of the ball.
“I think (Dallas) had an excellent pass rush tonight,” Cousins said. “When you can pressure the quarterback most of the time, you're going to be effective, and they did that tonight.”
Dallas finished off the contest with two more rushing touchdowns from Morris and Rod Smith to get the edge over its NFC East rival. Washington lost a must-win game and will have to move forward as it prepares to take on the Los Angeles Chargers on Dec. 10.
“We are going to figure out a way to compete in these last four games,” Gruden said. “We have a competitive locker room in there, so that is just what we are going to do. We are going to compete against the Chargers next week and take it one game at a time from there.”