Cowboys vs Washington Post match analysis:
The 12th week of the NFL is underway with the boys gearing up to book their spot in the playoffs. Looking at the National Football Conference, the NFC East looks like it will go down to the wire to decide the team that goes through to the next stage.
Dallas Cowboys faced Washington yesterday with both the sides desperate to pull of a victory on the thanksgiving night, but it was the Washington Football team who came on top at the end. Apart from the final quarter, a strong resistance was provided by the Dallas based side. But it didn’t look that close at the end as the visitors won with a 41-16 margin.
Cowboys vs Washington Post match analysis: As it happened
The game started by Cowboys gathering to honor their coach Markus Paul who passed away recently by wearing ‘MP’ stickers on the helmets. Cowboys won the toss and chose to defer as Alex Smith the skipper of the Washington side set out for the opening drive.
But it was Cowboys who drew the first blood when Greg Zuerlein hit a 33-yard goal to provide them a 3-0 initial lead. Washington responds as Antonio Gibson runs it in from 5 yards to give a 4-point lead at the end of the quarter. The score at the end of the first quarter reads 7-4 in favor of the visitors.
The start of the second quarter was pretty significant for the cowboys as Andy Dalton gives a beautiful one to Amari Cooper for a 54-yard bomb as Dallas take a 3-point lead. Dustin Hopkins saved some grace for Washington with a 23-yard chip shot as things got levelled up.
After a couple of turn over on downs, Washington were back in lead when Thomas Hauls provided on in a 5-yard catch in end zone putting them at 17-10. With just a few seconds left, Dallas responds through Zuerlein who hit from 32 yards to reduce the gap to 4 points.
Dustin Hopkins yet again pitches in with a shot from 36 yards to extend the lead to 20-13 with more than 10 minutes left on the clock. Cowboys punt and as a result, their rivals take over the 5-yard line after a hold on the return.
But the hosts finally convert as Zuerlein yet again gives a 28-yard field goal to move to 16 with close to 2 minutes left. Despite Tress Way punting, Washington hold on to the 4-point edge with the last quarter left.
Dallas have egg on their face as the fake punt they tried failed miserably with their rivals taking over at the 23-yard line. Gibson wasted no time as he puts one into the end zone for a 23-yard touchdown giving an impeccable lead of 27-16 to the visitors. He replicates the same going 37 yards unscathed putting them 18 points ahead of the hosts with 3:31 remaining.
Dalton goes for a screen pass but Montez Sweat grabs it and runs past the end zone to get six points giving them 21 points in just 4th quarter. Dalton again tries by connecting with Cee Dee lamb, but he is short by a yard as Washington takes over at the 44-yard line. The score line remains at 41-16 as hosts take a huge beat down at the hands of Washington after three close quarters.
Cowboys vs Washington Post match analysis: Current standings
As a result of this victory, Washington climbed to the top of NFC East group just half a game ahead who are ready to play Seahawks on Monday night. On the other hand, Cowboys have little to celebrate about as they fall to the bottom of the division with just a game out of a play off spot.
Washington are having a 4-7 win-loss record this season and Cowboys have 3-8 win-loss record which again highlights that this group is very close with fine margins separating the four teams. Cowboys are going to play Ravens in their next outing whereas Washington are set to face the challenge of the Steelers at the Heinz field.
Total Plays: Cowboys – 57, Washington – 66.
Total Yards: Cowboys – 247, Washington – 338.
Passing: Cowboys – 187, Washington – 156.
Comp-Att: Cowboys – (25-35), Washington – (20-27).
Penalties: Cowboys – (5-45), Washington – (5-53).
Possession: Cowboys – 24:04, Washington – 35:56.
Rushing: Cowboys – 60, Washington – 182.