Rookies lead Cowboys to 10th straight, 31-26 over Redskins
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott accounted for two touchdowns, fellow rookie Ezekiel Elliott ran for a pair of scores and the Dallas Cowboys extended their franchise regular-season record with a 10th straight victory, beating the Washington Redskins 31-26 on Thursday.
The rookie quarterback tied Don Meredith’s club record from 50 years ago with his fifth rushing TD and the NFL-leading Cowboys (10-1) won despite 449 yards passing and three touchdowns from Kirk Cousins, the first Redskins quarterback with two 400-yard games in a season.
The Redskins (6-4-1) were swept by their NFC East rival, and the defending division champions fell 3 1/2 games behind Dallas after their seventh Thanksgiving loss to the Cowboys in eight tries.
Elliott, the NFL rushing leader, had the fourth score on five straight second-half touchdown drives between the two teams with a 1-yard run for a 31-19 lead midway through the fourth quarter. The 21-year-old had 97 yards to give him 1,199 for the season.
The Cowboys had an eight-game streak with at least 400 yards snapped, finishing with 353. But Dallas answered with touchdowns each time the Redskins got within a score. After Cousins’ second scoring toss to Jordan Reed, an 8-yarder with 1:53 remaining, Dustin Hopkins’ onside kick went out of bounds, and the Cowboys ran out the clock.