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Redskins Unable To Overcome Obstacles In Loss To Cowboys


Trying to overcome injuries and the elements, the Redskins were unable to score a victory over the Cowboys on Sunday, falling by a final of 33-19.

Fourth Quarter: Redskins 19, Cowboys 33The Cowboys yet again were held to just a field goal on their first full drive of the fourth quarter.

New Cowboys kicker Mike Nugent is now 4-of-5 on the evening, as his kick from 37 yards was good.

On Washington's drive after the made field goal, the Redskins would move the chains off a 12-yard reception by Jamison Crowder.

The third-year Duke product now has six catches for 100 yards, marking his first 100-yard game since Week 11 of the 2016 season.

Four plays later, the Redskins would convert on a fourth down pass, as Cousins linked up with Chris Thompson for an 11-yard gain.

Washington continued to work the ball up the field, as Cousins connected with both Crowder and Thompson once again.

After getting to the 23-yard line, though, Cousins was nearly intercepted by Jaylon Smith, but a call off a pick was overturned.

The Redskins would go for it on 4th-and-10, and while Cousins' attempt into the end zone was incomplete Washington would move down the one-yard line on a pass interference call.

On the next play, Cousins would hit Josh Doctson for a one-yard score. Nick Rose would miss the extra point, though, as the Redskins trail by seven.  

Dallas would run six plays before being forced to punt the ball with just a little more than a minute left in the game.

Washington would run two plays before Byron Jones took back a tipped pass for a pick-six. 

Third Quarter: Redskins 13, Cowboys 23The Redskins would get the ball to start the third quarter and Ryan Grant would get Washington moving early with a 25-yard reception, but on the second third quarter of the drive Kirk Cousins was strip-sacked.

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Dallas would recover the ball and turn it into a field goal as Washington's defense held strong on their side of the 50-yard line.

On the ensuing kickoff, Chris Thompson would fumble his return as the ball was recovered by the Cowboys. It looked like Ezekiel Elliott quickly turned it into a touchdown, but Dallas was called for holding on a score by the running back.

The Redskins would take advantage of the penalty, highlighted by a Ryan Kerrigan sack on first down, to hold the Cowboys to just a field goal.

Dallas would extend its lead to 10 points in the final minute of the quarter, as the Cowboys once again were thwarted by Washington's defense in the third quarter. Despite getting deep into Redskins territory three times during the frame, the Cowboys only came away with three field goals.  

Second Quarter: Redskins 13, Cowboys 14It looked like the Cowboys were either going to tie the game or take the lead back early in the second quarter, but a holding penalty on Jason Witten on a would-be first down play pushed Dallas back before Mike Nugent missed a 49-yard attempt.

Nugent was signed this week as Dan Bailey has been ruled out this week after suffering a groin injury last week.

Ryan Kerrigan, meanwhile, is questionable to return right now with a groin injury of his own.

The Redskins would take advantage of the missed attempt by Nugent for a field goal of their own, a 42-yard conversion by Nick Rose.

On the scoring drive, Chris Thompson had pickups of 16 and 14 yards.

The defense would force a quick three-and-out, aided by a holding call on first down before Alfred Morris was shut down for a two-yard loss. Then on third down, Dak Prescott aired out a pass that hit the turf nowhere near any player on the field.

The Redskins would get deep into Cowboys territory as Nick Rose attempted a 36-yard field goal, but his try was blocked before Orlando Scandrick turned it into an 86-yard return. Coupled with a low block penalty on Tress Way, the Cowboys would get the ball at the two-yard line before Ezekiel Elliott scored his second touchdown of the afternoon.

The Redskins would slowly get the ball moving just before and after the two-minute warning. But the drive stalled out just before the 50-yard line before Way came on for his first punt off the night, a ball that would be downed at the nine-yard line.

Dallas would be stuffed after three plays that wouldn't move the chains and the Cowboys would punt with 25 seconds left in the half before Jamison Crowder fair caught it at the Washington 40-yard line with 19 seconds to go.   

The Redskins were unable to make anything of the chance, though, as he was sacked on the final play of the quarter.

First Quarter: Redskins 10, Cowboys 7After deferring to receive in the second half, the Redskins' defense started the afternoon on the field but would make a one-play appearance.

On Ezekiel Elliott's first carry, the running back was stripped of the ball by Redskins defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis. Cornerback Josh Norman would recover the ball.

While the Redskins were unable to move the chains off the turnover, Nick Rose converted a 38-yard field goal to put Washington up 3-0 early.

Dallas would quickly respond on its second possession of the game, as the Cowboys drove 80 yards in five plays to score the first touchdown of the afternoon. Elliott would rebound from his early fumble to score a 13-yard touchdown.

The Cowboys' lead was short-lived, however, as the Redskins would get a touchdown of their own off a seven-play, 75-yard drive completed with Rob Kelley's first touchdown run of the year.

On the drive, the Redskins benefitted from a clear roughing the passer call before Cousins launched a 41-yard completion to Jamison Crowder. Two plays later, Kelley punched it in from one yard out.  

Dallas drove deep into Washington territory before the end of the quarter.

Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan would log his fifth sack of the season early on the drive, but a key 4th-and-1 conversion allowed the Cowboys to keep their third drive of the game alive.

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