Cow­boys win NFL 10th straight

Roeth­lis­berger, Brown lead Steel­ers past Colts

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Rookie quar­ter­back Dak Prescott got hot in the fourth quar­ter as the Dallas Cow­boys won their 10th straight with a 31-26 win over the Wash­ing­ton Redskins on the US Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day. Prescott com­pleted six of seven passes in the fourth quar­ter for the first-place Cow­boys who im­proved to 10-1 on the sea­son in front of a crowd of 93,099 Thurs­day at AT&T Sta­dium. Prescott ran for one touch­down and passed to re­ceiver Ter­rance Wil­liams for an­other as he fin­ished with 17 pass com­ple­tions for a to­tal of 195 yards in the sec­ond of three NFL games on Thanks­giv­ing day.

“We have high ex­pec­ta­tions for our­selves on of­fense,” Prescott said. “We ob­vi­ously want to score on ev­ery pos­ses­sion and they gave us some scor­ing chances late. “No mat­ter if we’re up or down, we’re go­ing to go out there and score and I think we’ve shown that the last cou­ple of weeks.” The Cow­boys seized com­mand in the fourth quar­ter with a cou­ple of seven-play scor­ing drives, in­clud­ing the first one that chewed up 78 yards. Prescott capped that first drive with a six­yard touch­down run and rookie run­ning back Ezekiel El­liott scored on the sec­ond 48-yard drive with a one-yard run.

“Those guys are just re­ally good foot­ball play­ers,” Dallas tight end Jason Wit­ten said. “I don’t think we re­ally view them as rook­ies. “The re­spon­si­bil­i­ties that have been thrown on them, they’ve han­dled it well and they’re ex­e­cut­ing at in a big way at crit­i­cal times through­out games.” The Redskins (6-4-1) got a solid per­for­mance from star quar­ter­back Kirk Cousins, but couldn’t get past the Cow­boys’s de­fense. Wash­ing­ton didn’t get its first touch­down un­til the start of the fourth and the Cow­boys didn’t fold in the fi­nal seven min­utes of the con­test. Cousins, who pulled the Redskins to within 24-19 on a 67-yard scor­ing strike, com­pleted 41 passes for 449 yards and three touch­downs.

Fi­nal push

The Redskins made one fi­nal push, clos­ing to within five points on a Jor­dan Reed touch­down catch with just un­der two min­utes re­main­ing in the game. In Detroit, Matt Prater’s 40yard field goal on the fi­nal play gave the Lions a 16-13 win over the Min­nesota Vik­ings and sole pos­ses­sion of first place in the NFC North. The Lions (7-4) have trailed in the fourth quar­ter in all of their vic­to­ries this sea­son. Dar­ius Slay’s in­ter­cep­tion of a Sam Brad­ford pass set up the game-win­ner.

Prater booted a 58-yard kick at the end of reg­u­la­tion in Min­nesota ear­lier this month, set­ting the stage for Detroit’s 2216 over­time win. In the night game, Ben Roeth­lis­berger passed for 221 yards and three touch­downs - each to Antonio Brown and the Pitts­burgh Steel­ers recorded a 28-7 vic­tory against the host In­di­anapo­lis Colts, whose start­ing quar­ter­back An­drew Luck was out with a con­cus­sion. Roeth­lis­berger com­pleted 14of-20 passes, and Le’Veon Bell rushed 23 times for 120 yards and a touch­down as the Steel­ers won for the sec­ond time in five days on the road af­ter beat­ing Cleve­land on Sun­day. — AFP

TEXAS: Dallas Cow­boys wide re­ceiver Ter­rance Wil­liams (83) is pushed out of the end zone by Wash­ing­ton Redskins’ Bashaud Bree­land (26) af­ter Wil­liams caught a pass for a touch­down dur­ing the first half of an NFL foot­ball game on Thurs­day, Nov 24, 2016. — AP

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