Turkey for 10

Rook­ies lead Cow­boys past Red­skins for 10th straight vic­tory

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Schuyler Dixon

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

Prescott ac­counted for two touch­downs, El­liott ran for a pair of scores and the Cow­boys ex­tended their fran­chise reg­u­larsea­son record with a 10th straight vic­tory, beat­ing the Red­skins 3126 on Thurs­day.

Prescott tied Don Mered­ith’s club quar­ter­back record from 50 years ago with his fifth rush­ing TD and 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.

“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,” Dal­las coach Ja­son Gar­rett said about Prescott. “He did the things that win­ning quar­ter­backs do.”

The Red­skins (6-4-1) got swept by their NFC East ri­val, and the de­fend­ing di­vi­sion cham­pi­ons fell 3 ½ games be­hind Dal­las with five games left. It was their sev­enth loss in eight tries on Thanks­giv­ing against Cow­boys, who had never won more than eight straight in the reg­u­lar sea­son.

“We’ve been in third place for a while, so we have to un­der­stand where we are what it’s go­ing to take to get an op­por­tu­nity to come back here in the future,” Washington coach Jay Gru­den said. “The last five games of the year are crit­i­cal.”

El­liott, the NFL rush­ing leader, had the fourth score on five straight sec­ond-half touch­down drives be­tween the two teams with a 1-yard run for a 31-19 lead mid­way through the fourth quar­ter. The 21-year-old had 97 yards to give him 1,199 for the sea­son.

Af­ter get­ting 43 yards on the first Dal­las pos­ses­sion, El­liott had just 13 yards be­fore

a 21-yarder to start Dal­las’ last TD drive. It was the sec­ond straight week he fin­ished with 97 yards af­ter some dif­fi­culty in the first half.

“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 Cow­boys had an eight-game streak with at least 400 yards snapped, fin­ish­ing with 353. But Dal­las an­swered with touch­downs each time the Red­skins got

within a score on Cousins’ passes of 5 yards to Jor­dan Reed and 67 yards to DeSean Jack­son, who had 118 yards re­ceiv­ing.

Af­ter Cousins’ sec­ond scor­ing toss to Reed, an 8-yarder with 1:53 re­main­ing, Dustin Hop­kins’ on­side kick went out of bounds. The Cow­boys ran out the clock.

Reed had 10 catches for 95 yards af­ter miss­ing most of the first half when he in­jured his left shoul­der leap­ing for a pass over his head in the end zone.

Cousins, who was 41 of

53 and fin­ished 8 yards shy of his ca­reer high, took the Washington ca­reer lead with his third 400-yard game and be­came the first Red­skins quar­ter­back with con­sec­u­tive 350-yard games since Jay Schroeder in 1986. He had 375 last week against Green Bay.

Prescott was 17 of 24 for 195 yards and one touch­down, a toe-tap­per to Ter­rance Wil­liams . He had eight car­ries for 39 yards, in­clud­ing a ca­reer-long 18-yarder. Dez Bryant led Dal­las with 72 yards on five catches.

BACK TO THE PACK

Un­drafted rookie run­ning back Robert Kel­ley of the Red­skins was held to 37 yards on 14 car­ries a week af­ter get­ting a ca­reer-high 137 yards with three touch­downs against the Pack­ers. He was av­er­ag­ing more than 100 yards per game the pre­vi­ous three.

SUN FIELD

The late-af­ter­noon sun shin­ing through the glass doors on the west side of the

stadium was an is­sue in the opener when Dal­las tight end Ja­son Wit­ten ad­mit­ted that the glare con­trib­uted to a pass he dropped in the New York Giants’ 20-19 win.

Cousins had to battle it dur­ing a sec­ond-quar­ter drive that ended in the sec­ond of Dustin Hop­kins’ two missed field goals: a 55-yarder.

Prescott threw away from the sun to Wil­liams for the touch­down on the sub­se­quent pos­ses­sion, and the glare wasn’t a fac­tor af­ter that.

RON JENKINS — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

The Cow­boys’ Dak Prescott (4), Ezekiel El­liott (21) and Dez Bryant (88) cel­e­brate late in the sec­ond half of the Cow­boys’ 31-26 win over the Washington Red­skins Thurs­day in Ar­ling­ton, Texas.

RON JENKINS — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Cow­boys run­ning back Ezekiel El­liott (21) runs for a first down through a gap pro­vided by Cow­boys’ Travis Fred­er­ick (72) as Washington Red­skins inside line­backer Will Compton (51) pur­sues in the sec­ond half Thurs­day in Ar­ling­ton, Texas.

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