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2018 Game Information: Redskins-Cowboys



Thursday, Nov. 22 | 4:30 p.m. ET

AT&T Stadium (80,000) | Arlington, Texas

The Washington Redskins will compete in front of a holiday audience in Week 12 when the team travels to the Dallas Cowboys in a nationally televised tilt on Thanksgiving Day. Kickoff at AT&T Stadium is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET.

 The Redskins hold a one game lead over the Cowboys in the NFC East and a win will give Washington a 3-0 record in the division for the first time since 1991.

For the first time in the history of the organization, Washington will play its third consecutive contest during the holiday dating back to Thanksgiving Day in 2016.

The game will mark the ninth Thanksgiving Day meeting between the two franchises. Last season, the Redskins hosted their first Thanksgiving Day game defeating the N.Y. Giants, 20-10, at FedExField.

Entering Week 12, Colt McCoy is projected to start under center after quarterback Alex Smith suffered a season-ending injury last week at home against the Houston Texans.

The last time McCoy started at quarterback against Dallas, the Texas Longhorns product completed 25-of-30 pass attempts for 299 passing yards to defeat the Cowboys, 20-17, in overtime.

Check out photos of the Washington Redskins during their 2018 regular season Week 11 game against the Houston Texans.

SERIES HISTORY: Redskins trail Cowboys in all-time series, 45-70-2.

Last meeting: Oct. 21, 2018 (20-17 WAS)


Joe Buck (play-by-play)

Troy Aikman (analyst)

Erin Andrews (sidelines)

Kristina Pink (sidelines)

RADIO: Redskins Radio Network

Larry Michael (play-by-play)

Chris Cooley (analysis)

Rick "Doc" Walker (sidelines)


The Dallas Cowboys enter the game with a 5-5 record after securing a last second field goal win over the Atlanta Falcons 22-19. Head coach Jason Garrett owns a combined record of 72-58, in the midst of his ninth season in the position.

Quarterback Dak Prescott is through 42 consecutive games as the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. This season, Prescott is 197-for-305, for 2,138 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions over two games and has won his last two games, after dropping two in row beforehand. Prescott has also rushed for 261 yards on 51 attempts, while notching four touchdowns.

Running back Ezekiel Elliott continues to be one of the most dominating running backs in football. Elliott has rushed 191 times for 953 yards and five touchdowns. Elliott has also recorded 42 receptions for 341 yards and two touchdowns.

The Cowboys feature a diverse receiving attack, bolstered by the acquisition of Amari Cooper from the Oakland Raiders. Since the trade, Cooper has 14 receptions for 169 yards and a touchdown in three games. This adds to his season totals of 36 receptions for 449 yards and two touchdowns. Cole Beasley continues to maintain his spot as the top receiver on the team, with 45 receptions for 454 yards and two touchdowns.

Adding to the receiving corps are tight end Geoff Swaim, who has led the way for tight ends with 26 receptions, 242 yards and a touchdown. Allen Hurns rounds out the leaders with 16 receptions for 221 yards and two touchdowns.

On defense, rookie Leighton Vander Esch continues to have a breakout season, with a team leading 82 tackles (65 solo) as well as six passes defensed, 1.5 sacks and two interceptions. Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence has harassed opposing quarterbacks all season, with eight sacks in 10 games, as well as 44 tackles (30 solo), 14 QBH, 13 tackles for loss and one forced fumble and fumble recovery.

Kicker Brett Maher earned a game winning 42-yard field goal against Atlanta last week, improving his season total to 21-of-25 (84.0%). Maher missed his first extra point of the season against Atlanta but is 18-of-19 in his young career on extra points.


Thursday's matchup between the Redskins and Cowboys will mark the 118th overall meeting between the division rivals. It will be the 116th regular season meeting between the two franchises.

The Redskins trail the all-time regular season series, 45-70-2. Washington won both of the teams' postseason meetings, including victories in the 1972 and 1982 NFC Championship games.

Included below are some of the more recent games from the previous 117 previous contested between the Redskins and Cowboys:

Date Game Result

  • 1/22/1983** vs. Dallas 31-17 W
  • 9/5/1983 vs. Dallas 31-30 L
  • 12/11/1983 at Dallas 31-10 W
  • 10/14/1984 vs. Dallas 34-14 W
  • 12/9/1984 at Dallas 30-28 W
  • 9/9/1985 at Dallas 44-14 L
  • 11/10/1985 vs. Dallas 13-7 L
  • 10/12/1986 at Dallas 30-6 L
  • 11/23/1986 vs. Dallas 41-14 W
  • 10/19/1987 at Dallas 13-7 W
  • 12/13/1987 vs. Dallas 24-20 W
  • 10/9/1988 at Dallas 35-17 W
  • 12/11/1988 vs. Dallas 24-17 L
  • 9/24/1989 at Dallas 30-7 W
  • 11/5/1989 vs. Dallas 13-3 L
  • 9/23/1990 vs. Dallas 19-15 W
  • 11/22/1990 at Dallas 27-17 L
  • 9/9/1991 at Dallas 33-31 W
  • 11/24/1991 vs. Dallas 24-21 L
  • 9/7/1992 at Dallas 23-10 L
  • 12/13/1992 vs. Dallas 20-17 W
  • 9/6/1993 vs. Dallas 35-16 W
  • 12/26/1993 at Dallas 38-3 L
  • 10/2/1994 vs. Dallas 34-7 L
  • 11/20/1994 at Dallas 31-7 L
  • 10/1/1995 vs. Dallas 27-23 W
  • 12/3/1995 at Dallas 24-17 W
  • 11/28/1996 at Dallas 21-10 L
  • 12/22/1996 vs. Dallas 37-10 W
  • 10/13/1997 vs. Dallas 21-16 W
  • 11/16/1997 at Dallas 17-14 L
  • 10/4/1998 vs. Dallas 31-10 L
  • 12/27/1998 at Dallas 23-7 L
  • 9/12/1999 vs. Dallas 41-35 (OT) L
  • 10/24/1999 at Dallas 38-20 L
  • 9/18/2000 vs. Dallas 27-21 L
  • 12/10/2000 at Dallas 32-13 L
  • 10/15/2001 at Dallas 9-7 L
  • 12/2/2001 vs. Dallas 20-14 L
  • 11/28/2002 at Dallas 27-20 L
  • 12/29/2002 vs. Dallas 20-14 W
  • 11/2/2003 at Dallas 21-14 L
  • 12/14/2003 vs. Dallas 27-0 L
  • 9/27/2004 vs. Dallas 21-18 L
  • 12/26/2004 at Dallas 13-10 L
  • 9/19/2005 at Dallas 14-13 W
  • 12/18/2005 vs. Dallas 35-7 W
  • 9/17/2006 at Dallas 27-10 L
  • 11/5/2006 vs. Dallas 22-19 W
  • 11/18/2007 at Dallas 28-23 L
  • 12/30/2007 vs. Dallas 27-6 W
  • 9/28/2008 at Dallas 26-24 W
  • 11/16/2008 vs. Dallas 14-10 L
  • 11/22/2009 at Dallas 7-6 L
  • 12/27/2009 vs. Dallas 17-0 L
  • 9/12/2010 vs. Dallas 13-7 W
  • 12/19/2010 at Dallas 33-30 L
  • 9/26/2011 at Dallas 18-16 L
  • 11/20/2011 vs. Dallas 27-24 (OT) L
  • 11/22/2012 at Dallas 38-31 W
  • 12/30/2012 vs. Dallas 28-18 W
  • 10/13/2013 at Dallas 31-16 L
  • 12/22/2013 vs. Dallas 24-23 L
  • 10/27/2014 at Dallas 20-17 (OT) W
  • 12/28/2014 vs. Dallas 44-17 L
  • 12/7/2015 vs. Dallas 19-16 L
  • 1/3/2016 at Dallas 34-23 W
  • 9/18/2016 vs. Dallas 27-23 L
  • 11/24/2016 at Dallas 31-26 L
  • 10/29/2017 vs. Dallas 33-19 L
  • 11/30/2017 at Dallas 38-14 L
  • 10/21/2018 vs. Dallas 20-17 W

**Playoff game

A look back at some of the top images in games between the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys.


Former Cowboys on Redskins:

  • Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach Bill Callahan (2012-14)
  • Tight Ends Coach Wes Phillips (2007-13)
  • G Jonathan Cooper (2016-17)

Former Redskins on Cowboys:

  • DT Caraun Reid (2017)

Redskins from Texas:

  • Tight Ends Coach Wes Phillips (Houston, Texas)
  • WR Josh Doctson (Mansfield, Texas)
  • K Dustin Hopkins (Houston, Texas)
  • QB Colt McCoy (Tuscola, Texas)
  • RB Samaje Perine (Pflugerville, Texas)
  • RB Adrian Peterson (Palestine, Texas)
  • T Trent Williams (Longview, Texas)

Cowboys from the Washington D.C. area:

  • Director of Strength and Conditioning Mike Woicik (Baltimore, Md.)
  • WR Tavon Austin (Baltimore, Md.)

Redskins who went to college in Texas:

  • Tight Ends Coach Wes Phillips (UTEP)
  • WR Josh Doctson (TCU)
  • S Deshazor Everett (Texas A&M)
  • QB Colt McCoy (Texas)
  • T Ty Nsekhe (Texas State)

Notable Pro Connections:

  • Head Coach Jay Gruden (2002-08), Vice President of Player Personnel Doug Williams (2004-10) and Director of Football Operations Paul Kelly (04-08) worked with Cowboys Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line Coach Rob Marinelli (1996-05) for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett played for the Bucs in 2004. Gruden served as Offensive Assistant Coach, Williams as Personnel Executive, Kelley as Director of Football Operations and Marinelli as Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line.
  • Defensive Coordinator Greg Manusky also worked with Cowboys Rob Marinelli for the Buccaneers. Manusky served as a Training Camp Coach.
  • Gruden (2011-13) worked with Cowboys Offensive Line Coach Paul Alexander (1994-2017) for the Cincinnati Bengals. 
  • Director of Player Development Malcolm Blacken (2001-09) worked with Cowboys Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan (09-13) for the Detroit Lions. Quarterbacks Coach/Passing Game Coordinator Kevin O'Connell played for the Lions in 2009. Blacken served as Strength and Conditioning Coach and Linehan as Offensive Coordinator.
  • Blacken also worked with Cowboys Rob Marinelli (06-08) for the Lions. Marinelli as Head Coach 
  • O'Connell (QB-Player, 2008-09) played on the New England Patriots when Cowboys Director of Strength and Conditioning Mike Woicik (00-10) worked there. Woicik served as Strength and Conditioning Coach.
  • Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach Bill Callahan (1995-97) worked for the Philadelphia Eagles when Cowboys Safeties Coach Greg Jackson (S-Player, 94-95) played there. Callahan served as Offensive Line Coach.
  • Offensive Coordinator Matt Cavanaugh (2009-12) and Special Teams Coordinator Ben Kotwica (07-13) worked with Cowboys Wide Receivers Coach Sanjay Lal (12-14) for the New York Jets. T Austin Howard played on the team from 2011-13. Cavanaugh served as Quarterbacks Coach, Kotwica as Assistant Special Teams Coach (09-12)/Special Teams Coordinator (13) and Lal as Wide Receivers Coach.
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Kavan Latham (2013-16) also worked with Cowboys Sanjay Lal for the Jets. Latham served as Strength and Conditioning Intern (14)/Asst. Strength and Conditioning Coach (15-16).
  • Defensive Backs Coach Torrian Gray (2004-05) worked for the Chicago Bears when Cowboys Assistant Offensive Line Coach Marc Colombo (OL-Player, 02-05) played there. Gray served as Assistant Defensive Backs Coach.
  • Wide Receivers Coach Ike Hilliard (WR-Player, 1997-04) and Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett (QB-Player, 00-03), Running Backs Coach Gary Brown (RB-Player, 98-99) and Assistant Special Teams Coach Doug Coleman (LB-Player, 96-98) all played on the New York Giants. 
  • Hilliard (WR-Player, 2005-08) played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when Cowboys Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line Coach Rob Marinelli (1996-05) worked there. Marinelli served as Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line.
  • Hilliard (2011) worked for the Miami Dolphins when Cowboys Marc Colombo (OL-Player, 11) played there. Hilliard served as Assistant Wide Receivers Coach.
  • Hilliard (2013) worked with Cowboys Offensive Assistant Coach Stephen Brown (13-14) for the Buffalo Bills. Hilliard served as Wide Receivers Coach and Brown as Assistant to the Head Coach/Special Teams Assistant.
  • Defensive Quality Control Coach Cannon Matthews (2014-15) worked for the Tennessee Titans when LB Zach Brown (12-15) and Cowboys C Joe Looney (15) played there. Matthews served as Defensive Quality Control Coach.
  • Defensive Line Coach Jim Tomsula (2007-15), TE Vernon Davis (06-15), QB Colt McCoy (13) and QB Alex Smith (05-12) and Cowboys Safeties Coach Greg Jackson (11-14) and C Joe Looney (12-14) were all members of the San Francisco 49ers. Tomsula served as Defensive Line Coach and Jackson as Defensive Assistant Coach.

Pro Player Connections:

  • OL Tony Bergstrom (2012-15), T Austin Howard (14-16) and DL Stacy McGee (13-16) played with Cowboys WR Amari Cooper (15-18) and FB Jamize Olawale (12-17) on the Oakland Raiders. 
  • Bergstrom (2016) played with Cowboys G Xavier Su'a-Filo (14-17) on the Houston Texans. Cowboys Assistant Special Teams Coach Doug Coleman (14-17) worked there and served as Assistant Special Teams Coordinator.
  • S D.J. Swearinger Sr. (13-14) also played on the Texans when Cowboys Xavier Su'a-Filo and Doug Coleman were there.
  • C Luke Bowanko (2014-16) played with Cowboys WR Allen Hurns (14-17) on the Jacksonville Jaguars.
  • S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (2014-18) played with Cowboys LB Joe Thomas (14-17) on the Green Bay Packers. 
  • G Jonathan Cooper (2016) and WR Michael Floyd (16) played with Cowboys T Cameron Fleming (14-17) on the New England Patriots. 
  • K Dustin Hopkins (2013-14) played on the Buffalo Bills when Cowboys Offensive Assistant Coach Stephen Brown (13-14) worked there. Brown served as Assistant to the Head Coach/Special Teams Assistant.
  • QB Colt McCoy (10-12) played on the Cleveland Browns when Cowboys Running Backs Coach Gary Brown (09-12) and Linebackers Coach Ben Bloom (10) worked there. Brown served as Running Backs Coach and Bloom as Defensive Assistant Coach. 
  • QB Alex Smith (2013-17) played with Cowboys LB Justin March-Lillard (15-16) on the Kansas City Chiefs. 

Notable Collegiate Connections:

  • Offensive Quality Control Coach Chris O'Hara (2011-13) worked at Miami when Cowboys WR Allen Hurns (11-13) played there. O'Hara served as a Student Assistant (11-12)/Graduate Assistant (13).
  • Assistant Offensive Line Coach Phil Rauscher (2008-09) worked at UCLA when Cowboys G Xavier Su'a-Filo (09, 13) played there. Rauscher served as a Graduate Assistant.
  • CB Fabian Moreau (12-16) played with Cowboys Xavier Su'a-Filo at UCLA in 2013.
  • Assistant Defensive Backs Coach James Rowe (2015) worked with Cowboys Tight Ends Coach Doug Nussmeier (15-17) at Florida. DL Caleb Brantley played there from 2014-16. Rowe served as a Graduate Assistant and Nussmeier as Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks. 
  • DL Jonathan Allen (13-16), LB Ryan Anderson (13-16), S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (11-13) and LB Shaun Dion Hamilton (14-17) all played with Cowboys WR Amari Cooper (12-14) at Alabama. Cowboys Doug Nussmeier worked there from 2012-13 and served as Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks.
  • WR Michael Floyd (2008-11) played with Cowboys G Zach Martin (10-13) at Notre Dame.
  • LB Mason Foster (2007-10) played at Washington when Cowboys Doug Nussmeier (09-11) worked there. Nussmeier served as Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks.
  • K Dustin Hopkins (2009-12) and RB Chris Thompson (09-12) played with Cowboys Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Kendall Smith (LB-Player, 07-10) at Florida State. Cowboys Assistant Wide Receivers Coach Kyle Valero (08-09) worked there and served as a Student Assistant.
  • WR Trey Quin (2014-15) played with Cowboys T La'el Collins (11-14) at LSU.
  • LB Preston Smith (2011-14) played with Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (12-15) at Mississippi State.

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