Saftey Jeff Heath, long snapper L.P. LaDouceur and defensive end Demarcus Lawrence all came away with turnovers in the first-half and spearheaded a defensive effort that held the Redskins to 280 yards, 56 yards rushing and scoreless in two quarters. The Cowboys registered three sacks, two by Lawrence and one by rookie defensive end Taco Charlton and forced four turnovers. Linebacker Anthony Hitchens led in tackles with 12.
For the first time since running back Ezekiel Elliot’s suspension, the Cowboys were able to establish the run and put points on the board as their 17 first-half points were more then they have scored in the last two games combined (15). The run game pounded the Redskins defense for 182 of the teams 275 yards of offense led by Alfred Morris who had 127 yards and one touchdown on 27 carries becoming the second player in league history to run for 100 yards in the rivalry for both the Cowboys and Redskins. Quarterback Dak Prescott rebounded from a rough Thanksgiving Day performance going 11-of-22 for 102 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Dez Bryant led in receiving with five catches for 61 yards and a touchdown moving him into first all-time in franchise history with 72 career touchdown catches passing Bob Hayes.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Cowboys struck first as Prescott found tight end Jason Witten for an 8-yard touchdown to take a 7-0 lead early second quarter. Three plays later the Cowboys forced their third turnover of the game as Lawrence strip sack of Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins was recovered by defensive tackle Maliek Collins at the WAS 19-yard line. Seven plays later kicker Dan Bailey hit a 24-yard field goal to make it 10-0.
For the first time since 2013, the Cowboys returned a punt return for a touchdown as wide receiver Ryan Switzer went 83-yards to give the Cowboys a 17-0 lead. Late in the second quarter Cousins found wide receiver Ryan Grant for a 20-yard touchdown to make it 17-7 at the half.
After a scoreless third quarter, Prescott found Bryant for a 13-yard touchdown to take a 24-7 lead early fourth quarter. The Redskins responded with a touchdown of their own as Cousins connected with wide receiver Josh Dotson from 14-yards to cut the lead to 24-14. Ten plays and 75 yards later Morris punched it from a yard out to give the Cowboys a 31-14 lead late fourth quarter.
Cornerback Anthony Brown intercepted Cousins fourth down pass giving the Cowboys the ball at the WAS 10-yard line after an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against the Redskins. Four plays later running back Rod Smith punched it in from a yard out to take a commanding 38-14 lead late fourth quarter to cap off the win.
The Cowboys look to keep the winning momentum going as they travel to New York to take on rival New York Giants next Sunday. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m. CT on FOX.