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Rookie QB leads Cowboys past Redskins

Elettra Stolfi | 19 Settembre, 2016, 11:13

Running back Alfred Morris swore afterward that his return to Washington held no special significance.

Somehow, someway, the Dallas Cowboys managed to win in Week 2 against the Washington Redskins on the road at FedEx Field. But his role was reduced past year and he was allowed to leave as a free agent. Claiborne was very strong in coverage and in run support while Orlando Scandrick continues to fight his way through injuries, and along with Byron Jones and Justin Durant, helped make just enough plays for Rod Marinelli's 'D'. Rookie quarterback Dak Prescott connected with wide receiver Cole Beasley for 12 yards on a crucial third and 11 at the Washington 24. The drive was also aided by a roughing-the-passer penalty.

The even-keeled Prescott said he had a moment of jubilation when the clock hit zero. He cut in front of a ball intended for Pierre Garcon, knocked it down. "It was just another game for me". I actually think that the Cowboys offense struggles for the most part, outside of a few big plays provided on the ground by Ezekiel Elliott. He capped off the near-perfect drive with a flawless pass down the middle to Crowder in the end zone.

We'll work to do whatever we can to fix it, that's for sure. On fourth-and-1 from the Washington 30-yard line, Dallas ran a tight end screen to Geoff Swaim who rushed 28 yards to set up a Cowboys first-and-goal. However, that confidence (better be) fading as Dez Bryant lit up the number two corner for 102-yards and 7-recpetions.

"The sky is the limit", Bryant said. "We just couldn't get off the field".

Cousins once again ended up with decent stats on the day, completing 60 percent of his passes and averaging more than 7.9 yards per passing attempt.

That is exactly what made the onside kick the Cowboys attempted in the third quarter so successful. What could have been a 31-20 lead was instead just 23-20.

Washington took a 17-13 lead when it got the second-half kick and went 75 yards in eight plays.

Dallas quickly regained the lead. On third-and-11 from the Redskins 23, Prescott found Bryant for 16 yards. The short field enabled Washington to drive for a game-tying field goal, but it was worth the risk. "We were doing so good offensively". Wall said he witnessed first-hand how intense the rivalry is, as he saw someone at the game get heckled and challenged to fights for wearing a Cowboys jersey. The Cowboys drained 5:35 off the clock on their opening possession, and took the early 3-0 lead on a 22-yard Dan Bailey field goal. His 8-yard takedown of Kirk Cousins left the Redskins in a hole with 1:05 remaining and no timeouts at their own 10.

Then Washington capitalized on a pair of Cowboys miscues. For four seasons with the Washington Redskins, one-cut-and-go was a model he used often and to great effect.

The Cowboys moved Crawford from under tackle to left end in the second half Sunday. Rafael Septien made 162.

After the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, many were critical of Josh Norman for not covering Antonio Brown on every play.

Washington head coach Jay Gruden has not started 0-2 ever, and this is the first time since 2013, Mike Shanahan's final year, that the club has started off 0-2.

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