Cow­boys push win streak to 10

Prescott, El­liott spark vic­tory over Red­skins; Lions rally past Vik­ings

Baltimore Sun - - NFL & RAVENS -

Rook­ies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel El­liott keep win­ning for the Cow­boys, even with Kirk Cousins set­ting records for the Red­skins.

Prescott ac­counted for two touch­downs, El­liott ran for two and the Cow­boys ex­tended their fran­chise record with a 10th straight vic­tory, beat­ing the Red­skins 31-26 on Thurs­day in Ar­ling­ton, Texas.

“Over and over and over again, at crit­i­cal mo­ments, he came up with a big play, whether it was a third down, down in the red zone, again and again and again he just played win­ning foot­ball for us,” Cow­boys coach Ja­son Gar­rett said of Prescott. “He did the things that win­ning quar­ter­backs do.”

El­liott, the NFL rush­ing leader, had the fourth score on five straight sec­ond-half touch­down drives be­tween the teams with a 1-yard run for a 31-19 lead in the fourth quar­ter. He had 97 yards to give him 1,199 for the sea­son.

“Over time, you keep run­ning the foot­ball, you’re go­ing to wear them down,” Gar­rett said. “He made some big runs late that were crit­i­cal. It re­ally broke their back.”

The NFL-lead­ing Cow­boys (10-1) won de­spite 449 yards pass­ing and three touch­downs from Cousins, the first Red­skins quar­ter­back with two 400-yard games in a sea­son. Cousins, who was 41 of 53 and fin­ished 8 yards shy of his ca­reer high, be­came the first Red­skins quar­ter­back with con­sec­u­tive 350-yard games since Jay Schroeder in 1986. He had 375 last week against the Pack­ers.

The Red­skins (6-4-1) were swept by their NFC East ri­val. Lions 16, Vik­ings 13: Matt Prater kicked a 40-yard field goal as time ex­pired af­ter Dar­ius Slay re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion 13 yards with 30 sec­onds left, lift­ing the Lions into sole pos­ses­sion of first place in the NFC North.

“I felt pretty con­fi­dent we were go­ing to close the game out at the end,” Prater said.

The Lions (7-4) have won six of seven, in­clud­ing two against the Vik­ings this month, de­spite trail­ing in the fourth quar­ter of ev­ery game this sea­son.

They ex­tended their NFL record of hav­ing their first 11 games de­cided by seven or fewer points.

The Vik­ings (6-5) have lost five of six, plum­met­ing out of first af­ter surg­ing to the top of the di­vi­sion by win­ning their first five games.

They could have played for over­time on their last drive Thurs­day, but coach Mike Zim­mer al­lowed Sam Brad­ford to throw to­ward the side­line, and Slay made him re­gret it.

“He’s as good as they come in those sit­u­a­tions,” Lions coach Jim Cald­well said. “He’s kind of got a knack for it. He’s a bit of a river­boat gam­bler.”

The stand­out corner­back stepped in front of Adam Thie­len to pick off the pass and re­turned it to set up Prater for the win­ning field goal.

Matthew Stafford went 23for-40 for 232 yards and a 2-yard touch­down pass to An­quan Boldin. Prater kicked three field goals. Steel­ers at Colts: The Steel­ers had not won on Thanks­giv­ing in 66 years.

But the Steel­ers (1-6 on the hol­i­day) had never squared off against Scott Tolzien.

With QB Andrew Luck in the con­cus­sion pro­to­col, backup Tolzien was ex­pected to start. Tolzien had thrown one reg­u­lar-sea­son pass since 2013.

The Steel­ers (5-5) were tied with the Ravens for first place in the AFC North.

But the Steel­ers scored just one of­fen­sive touch­down Sun­day against the win­less Browns. Ter­rance Wil­liams, left, stays in bounds for a touch­down catch in the sec­ond quar­ter of the Cow­boys’ win.

RICHARD W. RO­DRIGUEZ/FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM

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