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Redskins’ Mistakes Costly in 33-19 Loss to Cowboys

There was the weather. There were the injuries. But mostly, it was the Washington Redskins shooting themselves in the foot.

Amid torrential rain, gusty winds and a sizable portion of the home crowd rooting against them, the Redskins fell to NFC East arch rival Dallas Cowboys 33-19 at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, thanks largely to three second-half Washington turnovers and a tide-turning field goal attempt.

Things started off well for Washington when Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott fumbled the ball on the very first possession. However, Washington could only manage a 38-yard field goal from kicker Nick Rose to take a 3-0 lead.

The Cowboys (4-3) then easily marched 75 yards in just five plays, culminating in an Elliott 13-yard touchdown run to take a 7-3 lead. The Redskins would come right back as a 41-yard pass from quarterback Kirk Cousins (26-39, 263 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) to wide receiver Jameson Crowder led to a one-yard touchdown plunge from running back Rob Kelley to go back in front, 10-7.

In the second quarter, Rose would hit another field goal from 42 yards to increase the lead to 13-7. Later in the quarter, the game would turn around as the Cowboys would block another Rose field goal attempt and a penalty on holder Tress Way would put the ball at the Washington two-yard line. Two plays later, Elliott would score his second touchdown of the day to give Dallas a 14-13 lead, and the Cowboys wouldn’t trail again.

Elliott ran roughshod over the Redskins defense, rushing a career-high 33 times for 150 yards and the two scores.

Washington came into the contest with an offensive line decimated by injuries, playing without starting left tackle Trent Williams, center Spencer Long and right guard Brandon Scherff. Plus, the Redskins would start two rookies — Chase Roullier and Tyler Catalina — making their pro debuts.

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden was philosophical about the loss, explaining that the injuries were too much to overcome.

“We had three or four people out,” Gruden said. “We had a lot of injuries, but we have to step up. We have big games coming up and we have to be ready.”

Washington (3-4) goes on the road to face the Seattle Seahawks (5-2) on Nov. 5.

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