NFL Game Recap - Dallas at Washington
Sun Sep 15, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

TB
20
CAR
14
F
DAL
31
WAS
21
F
IND
19
TEN
17
F
SEA
28
PIT
26
F
BUF
28
NYG
14
F
NE
43
MIA
0
F
JAX
12
HOU
13
F
MIN
16
GB
21
F
LAC
10
DET
13
F
SF
41
CIN
17
F
ARI
17
BAL
23
F
KC
28
OAK
10
F
NO
9
LAR
27
F
CHI
16
DEN
14
F
PHI
20
ATL
24
F
CLE
23
NYJ
3
F

Sep 15, 2019, 1:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Dallas (2-0)

0

14

7

10

31

Washington (0-2)

0

7

7

7

21

Dak double: Cowboys' Prescott beats Redskins with legs, arm
Sun Sep 15, 2019 6:00 PM

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) Dak Prescott probably could have kept running - maybe all the way to the end zone.

Instead, the Dallas Cowboys quarterback stiff-armed Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman to put an exclamation point on his longest run of the game. Prescott spent Sunday afternoon carving up the Redskins' defense with his arms and legs to the tune of 26 of 30 passing for 269 yards and three touchdowns and 69 yards rushing in a 31-21 Cowboys victory to improve to 2-0.

"If Dak could run the ball well and he can pass the ball well like he showed today, how can you prepare for us?" wide receiver Amari Cooper said. "We as a team can run the ball well and pass the ball well. It's hard to prepare for that."

A week after putting up a perfect 158.3 QB rating, Prescott responded from an interception to lead Dallas on consecutive touchdown drives of 97, 83 and 75 yards. At one point, he completed 18 consecutive passes and wondered the last time he had an incompletion.

"It's just about being in the groove, offense working together," said Prescott, who became the first Cowboys quarterback to compile seven touchdown passes in the first two games of the season since Don Meredith in 1966. "The run game was happening, we were able to throw the ball, receivers were making great catches and you just look up and it's like that."

On the verge of a contract extension that's expected to guarantee him over $30 million, Prescott connected with three receivers on the touchdowns: Devin Smith , Jason Witten and Cooper. Less than two weeks removed from ending his holdout and agreeing to a $90 million, six-year deal, Ezekiel Elliott had his workload increased to 23 carries for 111 yards and ran for a touchdown.

"It felt good," Elliott said. "That's my normal workload. I'm used to that. It definitely does feel good to be back out there."

It was a game that felt like it was being played deep in the heart of Texas - an entire side of the lower bowl was full of blue and white Cowboys jerseys, who just about outnumbered Redskins fans. Sounds of "Coop" filled the stadium after Cooper's catches, and there was a loud "DE-FENSE" chant when Washington had the ball.

The Redskins (0-2) got a rushing touchdown from Adrian Peterson and passing TDs from Case Keenum to Paul Richardson and rookie Terry McLaurin. But their banged-up defense playing without two starters struggled to contain Prescott or cover his receivers.

"There are no excuses to be had," coach Jay Gruden said. "We've got to look at ourselves, and we've got to play better. We're minus a couple of pieces in the secondary. That adds an issue. But really, we should be better than this."

Prescott hasn't had a stretch as good as this in his NFL career, which comes at a perfect juncture amid contract negotiations.

"I have no hesitation about it," owner Jerry Jones said. "I'm very comfortable. He's very comfortable."

OLD-GUY HISTORY

With his 2-yard score late in the second quarter, Witten became the fifth tight end in NFL history with 70-plus touchdown catches. The 37-year-old has two this season after coming out of retirement.

Peterson rushed for his 107th career touchdown, breaking a tie with Hall of Famer Jim Brown for fifth on the all-time list. Peterson started for Washington in place of injured running back Derrius Guice a week after being inactive.

PENALTIES GALORE

The teams combined for seven holding penalties in the first half alone. By the time all was said and done, Dallas had eight accepted penalties for 67 yards and Washington had six for 44 yards.

INJURIES

Cowboys: Lost DE Antwaun Woods in the second quarter with a left knee injury. ...DE Tyrone Crawford played through a nagging hip injury. ... WR Tavon Austin was out with a concussion.

Redskins: S Montae Nicholson left briefly with a foot injury that appeared to bother him even after he returned. ... TE Vernon Davis missed a handful of plays with an eye injury. ... Played without TE Jordan Reed (concussion), DL Jonathan Allen (knee), CB Quinton Dunbar (knee) and CB Fabian Moreau (ankle).

UP NEXT

Cowboys: host the winless Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

Redskins: host the Chicago Bears on Monday, Sept. 23.

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Passing

DAL Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
D. Prescott 30 26 86.7 3 269 51 1 123.5 1
WAS Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
C. Keenum 37 26 70.3 2 221 27 0 103.5 1

Rushing

DAL Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
E. Elliott 23 111 4.8 27 1
D. Prescott 5 69 13.8 42 0
WAS Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
A. Peterson 10 25 2.5 10 1
S. Sims Jr. 3 16 5.3 8 0

Receiving

DAL Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Smith 3 74 24.7 51 1
M. Gallup 6 68 11.3 16 0
WAS Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
T. McLaurin 5 62 12.4 27 1
C. Thompson 5 48 9.6 16 0

Team Stats Comparison

DAL WAS
Points For 31 21
Total Yards 474 255
Rushing Yards 213 47
Passing Yards 261 208
Passing Completions / Attempts 26/30 26/37
Turnovers 1 0
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 0/0
First Downs 25 19
Rushing Touchdowns 1 1
Passing Touchdowns 3 2
Penalties - Yards 8/67 6/44
Time Of Possession 33:22 26:38
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 7/11 2/9
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 2/3
Red Zone Conversions/Attempts 3/4 3/3
Sacks Against 1 1
Punts - Average Yards 2/50 4/50
Punt Returns - Average Yards/Punt Return 2/2 1/9
Kickoff Returns - Average Yards/Kickoff Return 1/11 1/20

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter DAL WAS
No scores this quarter
2nd Quarter DAL WAS
WAS 0:45 TD Adrian Peterson 1 yd run (Dustin Hopkins kick) 0 7
DAL 8:50 TD Devin Smith 51 yd pass from Dak Prescott (Brett Maher kick) 7 7
DAL 14:51 TD Jason Witten 2 yd pass from Dak Prescott (Brett Maher kick) 14 7
3rd Quarter DAL WAS
DAL 5:02 TD Amari Cooper 10 yd pass from Dak Prescott (Brett Maher kick) 21 7
WAS 10:30 TD Paul Richardson Jr. 9 yd pass from Case Keenum (Dustin Hopkins kick) 21 14
4th Quarter DAL WAS
DAL 1:09 FG Brett Maher 25 yd FG 24 14
DAL 9:53 TD Ezekiel Elliott 2 yd run (Brett Maher kick) 31 14
WAS 12:43 TD Terry McLaurin 1 yd pass from Case Keenum (Dustin Hopkins kick) 31 21

Game Information

Stadium: FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland
Attendance: 75,128
Game Time: 2:54
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