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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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Oddsmakers give Kirk Cousins favorable shot at 2017 NFL MVP

Oddsmakers give Kirk Cousins favorable shot at 2017 NFL MVP

There continues to be a (ridiculous) debate on whether or not Kirk Cousins can continue to be a successful starting quarterback for the Washington Redskins.

In the betting industry, there is not much debate with Cousins being listed with 50/1 odds to win the NFL MVP award this upcoming season from Bovada. Among all the other players listed, he is in a tie for 14th. 

He is coming off back-to-back seasons with seven 300 yard passing games, a team record, and has an abundance of fresh, young wide receivers to compliment his passing style. Last year he was third in the league in passing yards with 4,917, trailing only Drew Brees (5,208) and Matt Ryan (4,944). 

The team may not be poised for a Super Bowl run in 2017-18, but if the team makes a post-season run, who will it be on the back of? Jordan Reed? Rob Kelley? Ryan Kerrigan?

No, it will be Kirk Cousins. 

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Entering this season at 40-years-old, and defending Super Bowl MVP, Tom Brady is the overall favorite at 4/1. He is closely followed by Aaron Rodgers, and young quarterbacks Derek Carr and Dak Prescott. 

BOVADA 2017-18 NFL MVP ODDS:

Tom Brady, NE — 4/1
Aaron Rodgers, GB — 7/1
Derek Carr, OAK — 9/1
Dak Prescott, DAL — 12/1
Ben Roethlisberger, PIT — 12/1
Russell Wilson, SEA — 12/1
Matt Ryan, ATL — 16/1
Ezekiel Elliott, DAL — 20/1
Drew Brees, NO — 25/1
Andrew Luck, IND — 25/1
Cam Newton, CAR — 25/1
David Johnson, ARI — 33/1
Marcus Mariota, TEN — 33/1
Sam Bradford, MIN — 50/1
Antonio Brown, PIT — 50/1
Kirk Cousins, WAS — 50/1
Julio Jones, ATL — 50/1
Eli Manning, NYG — 50/1
Carson Palmer, ARI — 50/1
Adrian Peterson, NO — 50/1
Philip Rivers, LAC — 50/1
Matt Stafford, DET — 50/1
Odell Beckham Jr., NYG — 66/1
Rob Gronkowski, NE — 66/1
Alex Smith, KC — 66/1
Ryan Tannehill, MIA — 66/1
J.J. Watt, HOU — 66/1
Jameis Winston, TB — 66/1
Blake Bortles, JAX — 100/1
Andy Dalton, CIN — 100/1
Joe Flacco, BAL — 100/1
T.Y. Hilton, IND — 100/1
Marshawn Lynch, OAK — 100/1
LeSean McCoy, BUF — 100/1
Von Miller, DEN — 100/1
DeMarco Murray, TEN — 100/1
Carson Wentz, PHL — 100/1

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True or False: Rob Kelley will be Redskins leading rusher

True or False: Rob Kelley will be Redskins leading rusher

Robert Kelley emerged as the Redskins top running back in 2016, an incredible story of an undrafted guy working his way to the top. Of course, Matt Jones' problems with fumbling helped push Kelley to the top. 

Redskins coach Jay Gruden speaks highly of Kelley, particularly his fluidity and vision, but the team drafted Samaje Perine in the fourth round this year to provide additional competition in the backfield.

Here's the crucial statement: Rob Kelley will lead the Redskins in rushing yards in 2017.

Finlay: True.

Kelley averaged 4.2 yards-per-carry last season and the Redskins ground game is very much centered on a "4 or more" philosophy. Washington running backs coach Randy Jordan joined the #RedskinsTalk podcast and explained that the team wants a runner it can count on for positive yards more than creating big plays. The Redskins offense, as designed by Gruden, sets up for big plays in the pass game, and the run should allow for proper use of play action. 

In just nine starts last year, Kelley gained more than 700 yards. Project that out over 16 games, and he would be over 1,000 yards rushing. Perine has much to learn about the NFL, and understanding pass protections will take time for the rookie out of Oklahoma. Chris Thompson will be a key part of the offense, but much of his yardage will come via the pass game. 

Kelley will lead this team in rush yards. He's looked great in OTAs and minicamp while the coaching staff believes Kelley is in much better shape this year than he was as a rookie. Write it down in pen. 

RELATED: How will Kelley and Perine share the carries?

Tandler: True.

After the draft and during rookie camp I was saying that there was a chance that Perine could lead the team is rushing this year. But after seeing Perine playing with the big boys in OTAs and minicamp it’s apparent that he has a long way to go to become a consistently productive running back.

One thing Kelley seems to have going in his favor is that he has a very sensible outlook on the NFL. As JP noted, Kelley showed up to Redskins Park in better shape than he did as a rookie. This indicates to me that he understands that being an NFL players is a year-round job. Staying in great shape is important in the league but at running back it’s vital. Kelley gets that and because he does, his chances of being available for 16 games are much higher.

In turn, that improves his chance of being the team’s leading rusher. I’m not sure if he’ll get 1,000 yards—Perine will get things figured out enough to take some carries before the season gets too old—but Gruden will make sure that he gets fed plenty as long as he is available. 

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