On a rainy afternoon, Cowboys defeat Redskins, claim inside track to playoffs

Monday, 30 Oct, 2017

Ezekiel Elliott ran for 150 yards and two touchdowns, Mike Nugent kicked four field goals and the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Washington Redskins 33-19 in the rain on Sunday at FedEx Field.

After last week's sweeping win over the San Francisco 49ers, the Dallas Cowboys are preparing to face the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

The Redskins finished the game with just one starting offensive lineman from the beginning of the season, Morgan Moses, who is playing through two sprained ankles.

Washington (3-3) blew an opportunity to close the gap on the front-running Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East, losing 34-24.

With that said, here's a look at the three keys to victory for the Redskins as they look to improve to 4-3.

Moreover, the tight-end corps that has been invaluable to the offense amid struggles in the wide-receiver ranks took a beating.

ABOUT THE COWBOYS (3-3): Dallas' offense is making the most of its opportunities and recorded a touchdown on 14 of its last 17 trips inside the red zone. Jones returned the interception for a game-sealing touchdown.

While it seemed impossible for the injury-depleted offensive line to suffer further blows, it did.

Fourth-year pro T.J. Clemmings was expected to start in place of Williams, rookie Tyler Catalina was in for Scherff and rookie Chase Roullier was slated to replace Long.

As football games go, this was more battle-of-attrition than battle-of-skill.

The Cowboys took full advantage of the Redskins' bevy of injuries along the offensive line, sacking Cousins four times.

After Nugent missed his first field goal as a Cowboy - a 49-yarder from the left hash - many Cowboys fans were already hitting the panic button. Even if the Cowboys find out this week that they're going to lose Elliott for six games, they positioned themselves to withstand his absence and still make the playoffs with wins the last two weeks.

Lawrence registered a sack on the final play of the third quarter, bringing down Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins for a 10-yard loss on a first-and-10 from the Dallas 25.

The Redskins are entering this game with a great deal of injuries.

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was 14 of 22 for 143 yards.