Amari Cooper made a 90-yard touchdown reception and the Dallas Cowboys beat the Washington Redskins on Thursday 31-23 to catch them at the top of the Eastern Division of the National Conference.
In one of the Thanksgiving games, Cooper totaled 180 yards through his receptions and scored twice. It was the most yardage contributed by a receiver of the Cowboys in this festividad.La long play to the diagonals represented the greatest progress achieved by Cooper in his career.
It was also Dak Prescott’s longest complete pass in his three seasons in the NFL. Cooper’s other touchdown was on a 40-yard play. Ezekiel Elliott ran for 121 yards with a score, so the Cowboys (6-5) ) spin their third consecutive victory since they suffered their first homecoming misstep against Tennessee in what was Cooper’s debut, acquired in a trade. Dallas defeated Washington for the eighth time in seven Thanksgiving games and for the second time in three seasons.
The Redskins (6-5) fell for the third time in four games. It was the first home game in four years for Colt McCoy, who replaced quarterback Alex Smith, ruled out for the rest of the season following a chilling leg fracture. McCoy, a former Texas Longhorns, intercepted three of his shipments, which eclipsed his two scoring passes. He had won his previous two starts at the Cowboys’ home, one for the Big 12 championship in 2009 and one for the Redskins in 2004.
Redskins notes: REDSKINS have won 2 of their past 3 on Thanksgiving. * QB COLT MC COY had TD pass & 90.3 rating last week. In 2 career games vs. Dal., has 108 rating. Passed for 299 yards in only career start vs. Dal. (10/27/14). Has 90+ rating in 2 of his past 3 road starts. * RB ADRIAN PETERSON rushed for 2 TDs last week, his 26th career game with 2+ rush TDs, 4th-most in NFL history. Has 105 career rush TDs & surpassed HOFer JOHN RIGGINS (104) for 6th-most all-time. Has 4 rush TDs in his past 4 on Thursday. In 4 career meetings, has 375 rush yards (93.8 per game) & 3 TDs. * TE JORDAN REED led team with 7 receptions for 71 yards & TD in Week 11. Had 10 catches for 95 yards & 2 TDs in his last game at Dal. (11/24/16). In 3 career Thursday games, has 253 rec. yards (84.3 per game) & 3 TDs. WR JOSH DOCTSON has TD catch in 2 of his past 3. Has 2 rec. TDs in his past 3 vs. Dal. Aims for 3rd in row on Thursday with TD. * LB RYAN KERRIGAN had sack last week. Has 5.5 sacks, 2 FFs & FR in his past 5. Has 2+ sacks in 2 of his past 3 vs. Dal. Has 3 sacks & 4 TFL in his past 3 Thursday games. Since entering league in 2011, ranks 3rd in sacks (78) & 2nd in FFs (24). LB PRESTON SMITH had sack & INT in Week 11. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack & 2+ QBH. Had FR-TD in last meeting. S HA HA CLINTON-DIX tied his career-high with 13 tackles & had FF last week. In 3 games with Was., has 28 tackles (9.3 per game).
COWBOYS are 30-19-1 in Thanksgiving games. * QB DAK PRESCOTT had 86.5 rating & rush TD last week. Since entering league in 2016, leads NFL QBs with 16 rush TDs. In his past 5, has 6 TD passes vs. 1 INT for 98.3 rating & has 4 rush TDs. Has 3 pass TDs vs. 0 INTs for 101.4 rating in 2 career home meetings. * RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had 201 scrimmage yards (122 rush, 79 rec.) & rush TD last week. Has 4,540 scrimmage yards & 32 TDs in 35 career games & joined HOFer ERIC DICKERSON & EDGERRIN JAMES as only players in NFL history with 4,500+ scrimmage yards & 30+ TDs in 1st 35 games. Had 120 scrimmage yards (97 rush, 23 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in 2016 Thanksgiving game. Aims for his 3rd in row on Thursday with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD. Has 403 scrimmage yards (100.8 per game) & 5 rush TDs in 4 games vs. Was. * WR AMARI COOPER had TD catch in only home game with Dal. Had 11 receptions for career-high 210 yards & 2 TDs in last Thursday game (10/19/17 with Oak.). * DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE had 1.5 sacks in Week 11. Has 3 sacks, 6 TFL, FF & FR in his past 3 meetings. In his past 4 at home vs. division, has 4.5 sacks & FF. Since 2017, ranks 3rd in NFL with 22.5 sacks. Rookie LB LEIGHTON VANDER ESCH had 8 tackles, 3 PD & INT last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with INT. Ranks 2nd among NFL rookies with 82 tackles.