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Cowboys beat Redskins 27-23 behind go-ahead TD by Alfred Morris

Cowboys beat Redskins 27-23 behind go-ahead TD by Alfred Morris

LANDOVER, MD— The Redskins had many chances to put away the Cowboys but mistakes kept Dallas in the game. But the Redskins left the door open once too often and the Cowboys put together a fourth-quarter drive to win the game 27-23. To add insult to injury, the winning touchdown was scored by former Redskins back Alfred Morris, who performed his trademark home-run celebration in the end zone.

The Redskins had a late chance to get a touchdown to pull off a miracle win but Kirk Cousins’ Hail Mary pass went incomplete on the last play of the game. The loss puts them at 0-2 with both losses coming at home.

Kirk Cousins had his moments but starting from when he over threw a wide open Jamison Crowder on the Redskins’ first series he made some critical mistakes. The worst came midway through the fourth quarter when the Redskins had a chance to increase their three-point lead. But he threw a “how didn’t he see him” interception to Barry Church and they came away empty.

On the other hand, Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott played mistake-free football, not throwing an interception and finding prime target Dez Bryant 7 times for 102 yards.

Next up for the Redskins is a trip to the Meadowlands on Sunday to play the Giants. They will be in a desperate situation to pull out a win when they get there.

Injury Updates:

DL Kedric Golston sustained a hamstring injury in the first quarter and he has been ruled out.

DE Chris Baker left the game in the second quarter with a rib injury. He returned before halftime.

LB Will Compton left the game with cramps but he returned.

Scoring drives:

First quarter

FG Bailey 22

Drive: 13 plays, 76 yards, 5:35

Drive summary: The Cowboys got this drive going with a couple of third-down passes from Dak Prescott to Dez Bryant. The first one covered 18 yards, the second one 17. Then Prescott found Cole Beasley over the middle and a missed tackle let him advance to the five. But the defense held there and Bailey came in for the short field goal.

Cowboys 3, Redskins 0 9:25        

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Elliott 1 run (Bailey kick)

Drive: 9 plays, 94 yards, 5:13

Drive summary: The Cowboys got a drive going from deep in their own territory. From their own six they got out of the hole quickly with a pass from Prescott to Whitten that covered 29 yards. A couple of Ezekiel Elliott runs of nine yards each helped move the Cowboys into Redskins territory. The Cowboys faced a fourth and one at the 30 and they made the play, with Prescott finding tight end Geoff Swain for 28 yards to the two. A few plays later Elliott powered his way in for the touchdown.

Cowboys 10, Redskins 0 1:39     

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Second quarter

Jones 14 run (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 3:31

Drive summary: A play action pass from Cousins to Jordan Reed on the first play of the drive got the Redskins 25 yards to midfield. Two plays later Cousins went to Pierre Garçon for nine yards and a first down at the Dallas 37. Shortly after that, Cousins got 12 on a pass to DeSean Jackson to the 14. On the next play, Matt Jones dashed off of the left side, got to the second level, and stretched the ball over the goal line.

Cowboys 10, Redskins 3 13:08   

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Bailey FG 31

Drive: 10 plays, 43 yards, 4:31

Drive summary: The Cowboys started in good field position at their own 44 after a punt. On third and four Prescott found Lance Dunbar all alone for a gain of 17. Then Elliott got seven yards up the middle to convert a third and one. They got as far as the 13 but an incomplete pass on third and five ended the drive and Bailey came in to kick the field goal.

Cowboys 13, Redskins 7   4:34   

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FG Hopkins 36

Drive: 12 plays, 56 yards, 4:08

Drive summary: The Redskins started from their own 26 and right off the bat Cousins scrambled for 10 yards on a bootleg. A couple of plays later he fired to Jordan Reed over the middle for 15 yards to the Dallas 49. The Redskins converted a third and seven when Reed made a leaping catch for nine yards to the Dallas 37. After a pass to Vernon Davis picked up 10 yards the drive stalled and Hopkins kicked the field goal.

Cowboys 13, Redskins 10 0:28

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Third quarter

Crowder 11 pass from Cousins (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 3:44

Drive summary: This one got going in a hurry. Cousins found Garçon for 16 yards and went to Vernon Davis over the middle for 32 yards to the 23. A short sideline pass to Ryan Grant got a first down at the 11. Two plays later Cousins found Jamison Crowder in the back of the end zone for the TD.

Redskins 17, Cowboys 13 11:16

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Prescott 6 run (Bailey kick)

Drive: 10 plays, 75 yards, 5:35

Drive summary: The Cowboys answered the Redskins’ TD drive to open the second half with one of their own. Prescott again found Whitten on a bootleg for 14 and then Elliott runs of nine and 21 yards got them into Redskins territory. They kept it going on third and 11 when Prescott went to Bryant for a gain of 16 yards to the six. Two play later Prescott dropped back to pass and scrambled up the middle for the touchdown.

Cowboys 29, Redskins 17 5:41

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FG Hopkins 29

Drive: 6 plays, 21 yards, 2:57

Drive summary: The Redskins got great field position when Dallas tried a surprise onside kick. The ball didn’t travel 10 yards and the Redskins took possession at the Dallas 38. A seven-yard Matt Jones run got one first down and a 10-yard Cousins scramble got another one. But on third and six Cousins had to throw it away and Hopkins came in for the field goal to tie it up.

Redskins 20, Cowboys 20 2:06

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FG Hopkins 22

Drive:  5 plays, 30 yards, 1:35

Drive summary: Again the Redskins got good field position, this time on an Ezekiel Elliott fumble forced by Josh Norman and recovered by Dashaun Phillips at the Dallas 34. On the next play. Cousins threw to a wide open Niles Paul for 16 yards and a roughing the passer penalty pushed it to a first down at the nine. On thrd and goal from the four, Cousins’ throw was off target and they again had to settle for a field goal.

Redskins 23, Cowboys 20 0:04   

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Fourth quarter

Morris 4 Yd Run (Bailey Kick)

Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards, 5:50

Drive summary: After taking possession an interception the Cowboys got going on a 21-yard pass from Prescott to Bryant. The Redskins then gave them some help, getting hit for 15 yards on a roughing the passer penalty and five yards for hands to the face. They then converted a third and 11 with a 12-yard pass to Cole Beasley. Two plays later Alfred Morris went up the middle for the score and performed his home run celebration.

Cowboys 27, Redskins 23 4:45

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Redskins won't say if Joe Mixon is on their board but say character does count

Redskins won't say if Joe Mixon is on their board but say character does count

The Redskins may or may not have one of the most polarizing members of the 2017 draft class on their draft board. But they do believe that character counts.

Scott Campbell, the Redskins’ director of college scouting, would not say if  Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon, who is seen on video striking a woman and knocking her to the floor in an incident that occurred in July of 2014, is on the team’s board.

“We don't announce who's on and off the board for strategic reasons,” said Campbell on Monday at the team’s pre-draft news conference, saying that it’s the team’s policy.

He added that incidents like the one that Mixon was a part of do come into consideration.

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“Character is very important to me, it's very important to the Redskins,” said Campbell.

He explained that early in the scouting process, character issues are not taken into account.

“What I always told the scouts and how I was trained 30 years ago when I started is when you start to evaluate guys in the beginning, you don't factor in the character, you don't grade character, you grade talent,” said Campbell, who has been with the Redskins organization for 16 years. “You don't throw away somebody early who may have some redeeming quality or a part of the story you didn't know about.”

It’s later on that the scouts gather information on such incidents as problems with the law, failed drug tests, and other quarters of character.

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“Our scouts do a great job getting a lot of information,” said Campbell. “Some of the incidents you brought up happened after the season, at the combine, and just a few days ago. All those things are factored into an evaluation as they are gathered.”

With that information at hand, they start the process of elimination, deciding who fits and who doesn’t.

“When it comes close to the draft, you start weeding out all that, getting more information, deciding, OK, that guy's not our kind of guy, that guy's not a Redskin, this guy could be drafted but good luck to them,” said Campbell.

It seems like much more of a gut feel type of process than anything rigid. There is not much of a clue there as to whether or not the team will consider bringing Mixon aboard, who is inarguably one of the most talented running backs in the draft. The upside is that Mixon could provide a jolt to the team’s offense. The downside would be an immediate public relations hit. The team also must consider what will happen if Mixon were to run afoul of the NFL’s domestic abuse policy in the future, which calls for a six-game suspension for a first offense with penalties getting progressively worse if problems persist.

Stay up to date on the Redskins! Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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Redskins agree to terms with restricted free agent Will Compton

Redskins agree to terms with restricted free agent Will Compton

The Redskins’ now have both of their restricted free agent players under contract.

Running back Chris Thompson signed his tender last week. Today, news came out that Will Compton has now signed his on the line.

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Compton received the low tender last month, which is worth a salary of $1.8 million. He had the right to sign an offer sheet with another team, giving the Redskins a chance to match it. But he had no offers and his only realistic option was to return to Washington.

Compton started 15 games for the Redskins last year. He was second on the team with 50 tackles and he had one interception, a forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries.

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Stay up to date on the Redskins! Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerCSN and follow him on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.