Washington came into this contest with a four-game win streak, but the Cowboys are no joke. Washington was forced to play their fifth and sixth defensive end due to injury. Trying to match touchdowns with this Cowboys offense is no easy task so keeping them out of the endzone is vital.
Dallas took the opening kickoff and marched down the field with ease. Luckily the Washington defense was able to hold them to just a field goal. The offense was already unable to answer back as they were forced to punt after five plays. The defense needed to step up and make a stop before things started out too bad and they did just that.
Dak Prescott would overthrow his target leading to a Landon Collins interception. Washington would give the ball right back as Taylor Heinicke would throw an interception of his own just three plays later. The Cowboys would take full advantage of the turnover as Dak Prescott would find Amari Cooper for a touchdown, and they would then go for the two-point conversion and get it.
The Washington offense was in need of points, so they went for it on fourth and three from the 50-yard line. The outcome could not have been worse, as rookie sensation Micah Parsons delivered a strip-sack that resulted in a scoop and score. Washington faced a 19 point deficit at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter would be no different for Washington as they were forced to punt after Micah Parsons delivered another sack on third down. The Washington defense was able to get off the field quickly as they forced a three and out. The offense finally matched what Dallas did and that was by getting a three and out!
Dallas would then drive down the field and kick a field goal making it a three-score game. Washington would do what they have all day and punt after six offensive snaps. Dallas would drive down the field in a two-minute drill and kick another field goal extending their lead.
Halftime score DAL 24 – WFT 0
Washington received the second-half kickoff and looked to improve from the first. In the first half Washington only managed 30 total yards, so an improvement was hopefully guaranteed. The Washington offense was able to pick up a first down but that was all they could do, as they would punt the ball back to Dallas for their first possession of the second half.
Dallas looked to be putting together another scoring drive until they were stopped just past midfield and were forced to punt. Washington would go on to score its first points of the day as Taylor Heinicke threw up a prayer and Cam Sims answered it as they connected for a 43-yard touchdown. Washington decided to go for two to make it a two-possession game and Taylor Heinicke would scramble to convert.
The Washington defense followed up with a huge third-down sack by Daron Payne which forced a Dallas punt. Washington looked to carry this momentum over and turn it into more points. Unfortunately on the second snap, Antonio Gibson would get the ball punched out and Dallas would recover.
This ended every ounce of momentum Washington might have had. Washington’s defense was able to hold them, Washington ruled out Terry McLaurin with a concussion.
Washington would start off the fourth by punting the ball away. Dallas did not have any more success as they answered with a three and out of their own. On Washington’s first snap, Heinicke would get sacked and limp off the field. With Kyle Allen now in at Quarterback, the result would not change as Washington would punt yet again.
The game turned into a punting contest with Dallas punting on their next possession. We finally got some offense as Kyle Allen led Washington down the field which resulted in Jonathan Williams one-yard rushing touchdown.
On Dallas’ second snap of the drive, Dak Prescott would be picked off by Cole Holcomb who would return it for a touchdown. Needing the extra point to make it a six-point game, Dallas would block the attempt maintaining their seven-point lead.
Washington’s defense would stay hot as they forced a three and out. Kyle Allen now had a chance to lead Washington down the field to tie the game with just three minutes left. That’s where luck would run out. Kyle Allen would be strip-sacked on third down which gave the ball back to Dallas and essentially ending the game.
Even with the loss Washington still finds itself right in the middle of the playoff race. Next week they travel to Philadelphia as they take on the Eagles in what feels like a must-win game. As the week progresses Washington will have to monitor the health of star player Terry McLaurin and Quarterback Taylor Heinicke.