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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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Jay Gruden presser recap: Enough is on Chris Thompson's plate already

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Jay Gruden presser recap: Enough is on Chris Thompson's plate already

Here is a recap of Jay Gruden’s press conference on Wednesday:

—The injuries are covered in a separate post here. Jordan Reed was the only non-participant. Gruden said his status is “wait and see.”

—Gruden doesn’t see them playing Chris Thompson more than they do now. He noted that in addition to being the third-down back he also returns kicks and comes in on second and long plays. “It’s important for us to keep him healthy,” said Gruden. “He’s not a guy that I personally want to give him 30 carries a game.”

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—In a year, Matt Ioannidis has gone from being on the practice squad to being a key member of the defensive line. Gruden was impressed with his play against the Rams. “Against the Rams, he played very well,” he said. “He had pressured the quarterback four or five times, he hawked down Tavon Austin on a jet sweep, which was a big play on the first play of the game. If he gets out of there, it could’ve been a 70-yard touchdown.” Gruden said that work in the weight room with help from fellow DL Ziggy Hood helped in Ioannidis’ transformation.

—Gruden said that the Rams game might have been the best of Jordan Reed's career despite gaining just 48 receiving yards on six catches. “Yeah, Jordan was awesome,” he said. “I thought he had the best all-around game he’s had in a while. I think, not just route-running, but blocking. He was outstanding in blocking. Had a key block on the touchdown Chris Thompson had on the second series of the game, was physical and did a great job.”

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—The Su’a Cravens situation was dismissed rather quickly. The Redskins will not be adding another safety to the roster. “No, we have Fish [Smithson] already as our fifth guy on the practice squad and he’s doing a good job, so we’re OK at safety spot,” said Gruden. “As far as Su’a’ is concerned, we just have to put it behind us, move forward and let him take care of his personal life and let us take care of this season.”

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 injury report: Jordan Reed out of practice, six are limited

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Redskins injury report: Jordan Reed out of practice, six are limited

There were a lot of wounded Redskins on the practice field on Wednesday as the team started preparations for their game against the Raiders on Sunday.

One injured player was not on the field. Jordan Reed was out with a chest injury. Obviously, there is concern but Jay Gruden said that it is too early to rule him out of the game.

A half dozen players were limited: RB Rob Kelley (rib), S Montae Nicholson (shoulder), CB Josh Norman (shoulder), OT Morgan Moses (ankle), S Deshazor Everett (knee), and LB Mason Foster (shoulder).

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While none of the injuries seems particularly serious, they still could affect each player’s status for the game.

Foster suffered a separated shoulder during the game, popped it back in, and continued without missing a snap. He said that said that he was letting the athletic trainers handle it. “I’m going in, getting my treatment, doing what they tell me to do,” he said.

Kelley suffered a rib cartilage injury in the second quarter on Sunday. He said that the pain was very high that day but that it has subsided since.

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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.