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Dallas vs. Washington 2018 Week 7 game: Cowboys fall to 3-4 and squander all chances to lead NFC East

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Cowboys had too many chances and squandered them all.

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Fourth Quarter (7:35pm ET)

On big Cowboys third down, Cole Beasley with the catch for 18-yards. Dak finds Beasley again to set up the game-tying field goal from 47-yards for Brett Maher...*Snap infraction on the offense...52-yard field goal, NO GOOD, Cowboys lose to Redskins 20-17. Cowboys go into 15-day layoff, behind in the NFC East, 0-4 on the road. Cowboys had too many chances and they squandered th

Cowboys down by three points with all their timeouts. Sean Lee stops Alex Smith on 3rd and 9. Cowboys with one shot left, one timeout, 1:09 on the clock.

1st and 10 at WAS-11 -Dak to Zeke- Incomplete, 2nd and 10- HOLDING on Redskins. Three plays later in 3rd and Goal- Dak Prescott dives in for the TOUCHDOWN.

-Two-Minute Warning-

With the ball right back in Dak’s hands, he finds Geoff Swaim who takes a nasty shot to the knee after a nice gain. Dak takes off but right on cue, La’el Collins gets called for the fourth holding call by this line on the day. Dallas miraculously converts a 4th and 13 to keep hope alive. Allen Hurns then makes another catch, fumbles, but recovers it. Two big Dak runs later, the Cowboys are in position to score, down 10, at the two-minute warning with all three timeouts left.

Washington scoops and scores, Redskins up 20-10, Cowboys failing miserably on the road.

Pinned deep in their own territory, Dak finds Beasley on a third down but Connor Williams hold negates a huge conversion. On the next play, Gallup is running open but Dak Prescott does this:

The Cowboys defense is able to dial it up with a shoestring tackle by Sean Lee to get the defense off the field.

Dak and the offense are able to show life as he finds Allen Hurns at the Washington-36 for 33-yards. Scott Linehan dials up the creativity by running a jet sweep with defensive back Jourdan Lewis for seven yards. Dallas can’t pick up the third down but Brett Maher drills his 16th-straight field goal from 47-yards. Washington up 13-10 inside of ten minutes to play.

Cowboys defense is able to hold off the Washington offense in the red zone. That is the seventh straight red zone attempt against this defense that ends without a touchdown. Cowboys are down by six.

Third Quarter (6:35pm ET)

Starting at their own 10, Dak is sacked on first down and he can’t connect with Hurns on 3rd and 11. Redskins will get the ball back at midfield. Within a few plays, Washington is at the Dallas-29 to end the third quarter.

Cowboys gain six on first down with an Elliott run but can’t get anything after and are forced to punt. David Irving gets the sack to forced a 3rd and long and Washington can’t convert punting it back to the Cowboys.

The Redskins pound the Cowboys defense with Adrian Peterson to get into the red zone. The Cowboys defense responds by holding Washington to a field goal after stopping a 3rd and Goal attempt by Peterson. Washington 10, Cowboys 7

Halftime

Second Quarter (5:50pm ET)

At the two-minute warning, Dak finds Beasley for nine-yards on 2nd and 10. Zeke then picks up the 3rd and 1. Michael Gallup does the rest! Gallup for 49-yards and a TOUCHDOWN for the rookie, the first of his career. The game is tied at 7 at Halftime!

Cowboys next possession starts with another stuffing for Zeke and minus one. Dak hits Gallup for the first down on 2nd and 11. A few plays later, on 3rd and 4, Dak takes off again and converts at their own 47-yard line. Connor Williams is called for an illegal chop-block, backing the offense back up to their 25-yard line. On 3rd and 20, Dak is sacked, Cowboys punt. Cowboys offense is lost in miscommunication.

First Quarter (5:10pm ET)

Dak is cleared from concussion protocol right as the Cowboys defense gets the Redskins offense off the field.

After assistance from an OPI call on the Redskins offense, the Cowboys defense forces a three and out. Cowboys convert third down with a run by Zeke and Dak connects with Dalton Schultz on the bootleg for a first near midfield. On a scramble by Prescott, he’s diving for the sticks when he gets drilled in the head by a Redskins defender. Cowboys punt as Dak heads to the blue tent to begin concussion protocol.

Cowboys offense got a quick first down on the next drive with Dak finding Michael Gallup but then Ezekiel Elliott was stuffed for a loss of two yards on 1st and 10. Cowboys get help from Redskins offsides penalty, they decide to go for it on fourth down, Dak gets it but D.J. Swearinger pokes the ball out, FUMBLE, Washington ball.

No Thompson, No Richardson, No Crowder? No problem, Washington makes quick work of a sleeping Cowboys defense as RB Kapri Bibbs scampers 23-yards on a screen pass to draw first blood. Washington 7, Dallas 0.

The Cowboys got the ball to start and like many first drives on the road, it was a three and out partly due to a Tyron Smith holding call on a Dak Prescott run. Washington’s defense almost picked Prescott off on a third down but it was ruled incomplete.

Pregame (4:15pm ET)

Here’s a look at today’s inactives!

Cowboys: QB Mike White, WR Tavon Austin, LB Joe Thomas, DT Caraun Reid, LB Chris Covington, OL Xavier Su’a-Filo, DT Daniel Ross

LB Sean Lee - IN

TE Dalton Schultz-IN - Cowboys will carry four tight ends

Redskins: WR Paul Richardson, WR Jamison Crowder, RB Chris Thompson, CB Quinton Dunbar, S Troy Apke, OL Casey Dunn, DL Geron Christian Sr.

Adrian Peterson - IN

It feels kind of old school. Dallas and Washington playing a game to stake a claim at the top of the NFC East. An old rivalry is renewed, although the rivalry has definitely been tilted in the Cowboys favor recently. On the other hand, the Cowboys have struggled mightily on the road this year, and this game is on Washington’s turf.

The Cowboys offense finally had an explosion of points last week when they hung 40 points on the Jacksonville Jaguars defense. Dak Prescott was efficient passing the ball, but he was also able to hurt the Jags by running the ball. If the Cowboys want teams to quit focusing 100% on Ezekiel Elliott, then Prescott will need to us his arm, and his legs, to keep their attention split.

The Cowboys defense is getting a boost this week with the return of Sean Lee. The veteran linebacker will join Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch, who have been a formidable duo in Lee’s absence. The Cowboys will have to figure out a rotation for those three that keeps the train rolling. Meanwhile, the Cowboys defensive line looks to be fully healthy for the first time in a while, making a defensive unit that has carried the Cowboys even stronger.

It’s a huge game for Dallas as they try to get over .500 on the year, get a win on the road, start an actual winning streak, and grab a lead position in the NFC East.

What You Need To Know

Important links: Cowboys depth chart | Roster

Date: Sunday, October 21, 2018

Game time: 4:25 PM EST

Location: FedEx Field, Landover, MD

TV channel: CBS

Coverage Map: 506 Sports

Announcers: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter)

Radio: 105.3 The Fan | Full listings | Westwood One | SIRIUS: 135 (Dal), 82 (Was) | XM: 391 (Dal), 227 (Was)

Streaming: NFL.com GamePass (audio only during game), Yahoo Sports app (local market), CBS All Access (local market)

Cowboys record: (3-3)

Washington record: (3-2)

Odds: Dallas +2.5

Prediction: Dallas 24 - Washington 20

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