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Washington Redskins Fall Short Against Dallas Cowboys

Washington Redskins lose to Dallas Cowboys in Week 2.

Injuries plagued the Washington Redskins in Week 2 as they lost to the Dallas Cowboys 31-21.

Ezekiel Elliott led the way for the Cowboys with 111 rushing yards off 23 carries along with one touchdown. Dak Prescott also let loose on the ground with a 42-yard scamper. In addition to a great run game, Dallas attacked the Redskins’ defense through the air all game long. Dak Prescott threw for 269 yards and three touchdowns, while only missing on four of his attempts. Prescott’s favorite target throughout the day was Michael Gallup, who caught six balls for 68 yards.

As for Washington, they had to battle from behind for most of the game. Case Keenum had another decent outing through the air, as he completed 26/37 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns. Terry McLaurin caught his second touchdown pass of the season in the red zone and finished the day as Washington’s leading receiver with 62 yards. However, the run game became a problem like it was in Week 1 against Philadelphia. Adrian Peterson had 10 carries for 25 yards and a touchdown, but could never really get past the second line of defense. With little help in the backfield, Steven Sims Jr. was used as a running back a few times to help move the sticks, but the team had just 47 yards on the ground.

Injuries Limited Washington’s Defense

Coming into Week 2, the Redskins had multiple starters listed on their injury report.

  • DL Jonathan Allen (knee)
  • DL Caleb Brantley (foot)
  • RB Derrius Guice (knee)
  • QB Colt McCoy (fibula)
  • S Montae Nicholson (foot)
  • CB Quinton Dunbar (knee)
  • CB Fabian Moreau (ankle)
  • TE Jordan Reed (concussion)

Six of the above players are normally apart of Washington’s starting 22-man squad, but none were cleared for this matchup besides Montae Nicholson. Derrius Guice recently underwent a “small” procedure on his meniscus after he was shaken up from their Week 1 loss to the Eagles. Jonathan Allen was also diagnosed with an MCL sprain and was kept out of practice leading up to Week 2, as well as the game. Other starters, like Dunbar and Moreau, were listed as questionable and doubtful before the game Sunday, but neither played. Safety Deshazor Everett was forced to play Cornerback in the absence of Washington’s secondary starters.

 

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