What started as a careless NFL game for the Dallas Cowboys quickly changed into anything however, with their offense and defense discovering their respective grooves in the second quarter. They weathered the first quarter storm by holding the Washington Redskins to just 7 points, and then began airing it out in a huge method– targeting Josh Norman often. Norman gave up a 51-yard goal to the rapid Devin Smith that assisted extend the field for Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott to rattle off hurrying yards as well, and this mix put the aggressive Redskins on their heels entering into halftime.
More significantly, the touchdown by Smith ended up being the launch pad for what took place over the rest of the video game.
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Despite a strong outing by future Hall of Popularity running back Adrian Peterson after being benched in Week 1, the Redskins lost the momentum they established early and spent for it very much– keeping their defense on the field longer than they would’ve liked as the Cowboys increased time of possession and the score itself. Dak Prescott unleashed his dual-threat ability and punished the Redskins in the air and on the ground, the latter including a career-long 42-yard run in the second quarter. At the half, he had just as lots of rushing backyards (57) as did Elliott, who really started to develop himself after the half.
Even then, the Cowboys were sure to work in Tony Pollard once the 4th quarter got here, and the novice halfback looked solid in a late third quarter drive that eventually stalled when a holding penalty against pass receiver Amari Cooper negated Pollard’s first career NFL goal. That left four points on the field after Brett Maher, who looked unsteady after almost missing a point after previously in the game that bounced off the uprights. In the end, it was the playcalling of Kellen Moore that again owned the day, and the young offending coordinator showed grit by not being rattled after a slow offending start.
Moore masterfully and effectively targeted Norman and the secondary, exploiting their worry with beneath paths and zone checks out when they withdrawed pre-snap to avoid the deep ball. A sharp start by Keenum devolved into an unequal video game wherein he couldn’t consistently penalize the Cowboys secondary. In spite of crisp passes here and there, when it came time to make the clutch throw– as evidenced with 11:04 staying in the game when he sailed a pass to the flat on a failed fourth-down conversion– Keenum just couldn’t provide.
Peterson did what he could which included passing Hall of Famer Jim Brown on the NFL’s all-time hurrying goal list, but the Redskins were forced to abandon the run once the Cowboys took a two-possession lead. That allowed the Cowboys to really key in on Keenum and the Redskins passing attack, and much to their satisfaction. If Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods both create interceptions that could’ve and need to’ve been drawn in, the final score would not have been as close as it was.