ARLINGTON, Texas — Dez Bryant became new franchise record in the win over Washington 38-14 Thursday night at AT&T Stadium.
The eighth-year receiver caught a 15-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the fourth quarter to give the Cowboys (6-6) a 24-7 lead as part of a 61-yard effort on five catches.
Beleaguered second-year quarterback Dak Prescott completed two touchdown passes to end his streak of three games without a scoring completion. Prescott completed 11-of-22 for 102 yards.
With running back Ezekiel Elliott in the fourth game of his six-game suspension, the Cowboys running game produced at a level comparable to Elliott. Starter Alfred Morris rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries while backup Rod Smith carried 10 times for 27 yards and a touchdown.
Kirk Cousins completed 26-of-37 for 251 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. The Dallas defense sacked him four times with defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence regaining the league-lead of 13.5 sacks with a two-sack performance on the evening.
Safety Jeff Heath picked off Cousins to end Washington’s second drive deep in Cowboys territory. The Cowboys managed to punt the ball right back to Washington, but punt returner Jamison Crowder fumbled the ball, giving it to Dallas at the Washington 43-yard line. The Cowboys again went three-and-out with their saving grace having penned Washington inside their own 1-yard line.
Dallas has the next 10 days off as they prepare for a 2-9 New York Giants club while Washington (5-7) travels to Los Angeles to face the 5-6 Chargers.
Washington – 0 7 0 7 –
Dallas – 0 17 0 21 –
DAL — Witten 8 pass from Prescott (Bailey kick), 10:47
DAL — Bailey 24 kick, 5:33
DAL — Switzer 83 punt return (Bailey kick), 4:06
WAS — Grant 20 pass from Cousins (Rose kick), 1:02
DAL — Bryant 15 pass from Prescott (Bailey kick), 15:00
WAS — Doctson 14 pass from Cousins (Rose kick), 11:35
DAL — Morris 1 run (Bailey kick), 4:59
DAL — Smith 1 run (Bailey kick), 2:41