Dallas Cowboys defense storms Washington 33-19

LANDOVER, Md. — The Dallas Cowboys defense forced two turnovers and the special teams one more in their 33-19 win over Washington Sunday at rain-soaked FedEx Field.

Cowboys defensive end David Irving notched his second 2.0-sack of 2017 with a 4-yard and 7-yard loss of Cousins in the second quarter.

Defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford had a blocked field goal and also sacked Cousins to force a fumble in the third quarter.

Fullback Keith Smith also forced a fumble on kickoff in the third quarter that the Cowboys recovered.

The game began inauspiciously for the Cowboys as running back Ezekiel Elliott fumbled after a 4-yard gain on the first play of the game. Washington recovered, and turned the free possession into three points three plays later with a 38-yard Nick Rose field goal.

Elliott atoned for his fumble with a 13-yard touchdown run to put Dallas ahead 7-3 with 10:37 in the first quarter and finished with 33 carries for 150 yards and two touchdowns.

Running back Rob Kelley put Washington back on top with a 1-yard touchdown as part of an eight-carry, 19-yard performance.

Dallas got to see replacement kicker Mike Nugent for the first time on a 49-yard field goal with 13:04 in the second quarter. Nugent shanked it wide left. Washington capitalized on the missed field goal to mount a six-play drive that culminated with Nick Rose kicking a 41-yard field goal good.

The Cowboys turned things around when Crawford blocked Rose’s 36-yard field goal and cornerback Orlando Scandrick returned the blocked field goal down to the Washington 2-yard line.

Elliott punched it in with a 1-yard touchdown two plays later to give Dallas a 14-13 lead with 2:24 until halftime.

Nugent also atoned for his failure with four straight field goals of 36, 27, 48, and 37 yards to give Dallas 12 extra points and a 26-13 fourth quarter advantage.

Receiver Josh Doctson caught a 1-yard touchdown pass after an Anthony Brown pass interference call brought the ball down to the goal line. Rose missed the extra point, but Washington was within a score, 26-19 with 4:39 to play.

Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins finished completing 26-for-39 for 263 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott threw for 143 yards as he completed 14-of-22.

Washington receiver Jamison Crowder left the game in the second quarter after hauling in a game-high nine passes for 123 yards. Washington running back Chris Thompson finished with eight catches for 76 yards and four carries for 18.

Cowboys receiver Cole Beasley left the game in the third quarter with a concussion after catching two passes for eight yards.

 

Scoring summary

Dallas             7  7 9 3

Washington 10 3 0 6

First quarter

WAS — Rose 38 kick, 13:17

DAL — Elliott 13 run (Nugent kick), 10:37

WAS — Kelley 1 run (Rose kick), 6:39

Second quarter

WAS — Rose 41 kick, 10:09

DAL — Elliott 1 run (Nugent kick), 2:24

Third quarter

DAL — Nugent 36 kick, 8:44

DAL — Nugent 48 kick, 6:29

DAL — Nugent 27 kick, 0:42

Fourth quarter

DAL — Nugent 37 kick, 8:47

WAS — Doctson 1 pass from Cousins (kick failed), 4:39

DAL — Jones 21 interception return (Nugent kick), 0:30

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