The Dallas Cowboys outlasted the Washington Redskins in a rain-soaked NFC East battle that got here right down to subject targets and who had extra towels available. This is what we realized from the Cowboys’ 33-19 win:
1. Was it raining down the whole East Coast of the USA on Sunday? It was pouring in Philadelphia in the course of the Eagles’ win over the 49ers, in New York in the course of the Falcons’ win over the Jets, and once more in Landover. It made for a trio of soggy, mistake-filled video games. Fumbles appeared solely a second away on nearly each play, and for Washington, the moist circumstances brought on two of their very own. Dallas turned these errors into six factors, although it ought to have been extra if an Ezekiel Elliott landing wasn’t referred to as again on a bogus holding name on Tyron Smith, who had his fingers contained in the body of his opponent and drove him into the bottom, however was flagged for it. Cousins tossed what regarded like an interception twice on a late drive, however once more due to the circumstances, they ended up being incompletions. That wasn’t the case when the Redskins received the ball with lower than a minute remaining and 88 yards to go to tie the sport. That drive led to a Byron Jones pick-six.
2. The Cowboys performed about as sloppily and ineffectively as they may with out being the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, and but, they entered halftime with a 14-13 lead. Generally, that is the way in which issues go on this weird-yet-amazing sport. Even on a drive that solely lined 27 yards in eight performs, Dallas nonetheless managed to come back away with three factors early within the third. Because the rain refused to relent within the second half, Dallas leaned on its floor recreation to burn loads of clock, however repeatedly could not flip drives into touchdowns, solely subject targets. That allowed Washington to stay within the recreation, however the competitors finally grew to become a battle of two sloppy groups taking part in in sloppy circumstances, with the winner being just a bit much less sloppy.
three. Talking of Elliott, all that speak concerning the operating again trying gradual and maybe out of form (I used to be admittedly very vocal on this) will be tossed apart. Zeke is in form and operating in addition to ever, totaling 150 yards and two touchdowns (ought to have been three) on 33 carries. Each time Elliott touched the ball, it was lifelike to badume an enormous play was coming. That wasn’t true earlier within the season for Dallas, and it is extremely encouraging for the Cowboys as they hit the second half of the season (so long as he is out there to play).
four. The accidents are piling up for Washington, and it began to point out on Sunday. Niles Paul suffered a concussion and Jordan Reed left with a hamstring harm, shrinking Washington’s doable personnel packages and formations down to 1 tight finish units on the most. Undrafted free agent Tyler Catalina (who had a pleasant run block within the first half) was smoked by Demarcus Lawrence for a sack as a part of a sequence of performs that noticed Cousins closely pressured on each down. T.J. Clemmings was tossed to the bottom (and injured his ankle within the course of) and allowed one other hit on Cousins on a cross he threw for a landing. As a workforce, Dallas notched 4 sacks, and had many extra near-sacks go unrecorded. What was as soon as thought of a large legal responsibility for the Cowboys became a power within the win. On the opposite aspect of the ball, coach Jay Gruden introduced after the sport defensive deal with Matt Ioannidis fractured his hand. Ioannidis is not a family identify, however has performed an enormous half in Washington’s entrance 4. His absence was evident in how successfully Dallas ran the ball, particularly within the second half, and his loss is bigger than one would count on.
5. Sure, it was raining, however that is no excuse for the continued absence of Washington’s receiving corps. For yet one more week, Terrelle Pryor was nowhere to be discovered, catching his lone goal out of bounds. Josh Doctson dropped an enormous cross (although he did catch a landing with four:35 left within the recreation after a present of a cross interference penalty). The losses of Reed and Paul took away the tight finish risk. Chris Thompson led the workforce in receiving with eight catches for 76 yards. By the latter half of the fourth, Cousins was struggling to hit open targets within the circumstances. Their lack of manufacturing all through the season was solely intensified after they wanted to throw the ball essentially the most.
6. The lone vibrant spot for Washington offensively was a average return to relevance for Jamison Crowder, who caught 9 pbades for 123 yards within the loss, each single-game highs for Crowder this season. He was stored out of the top zone once more, but when Washington has any hopes of being an offense that may do greater than throw pbades to Thompson out of the backfield and to Reed (who did not return to the sport), he should be concerned transferring ahead.