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Thanksgiving day staples, turkey, mashed potatoes, family, friends and the Dallas Cowboys on your television screen! For the 39th straight season, the Cowboys hosted a Thanksgiving Day game. This year facing off against their division rival, the Washington Redskins, a team they have dominated on Thanksgiving throughout the years (7-1 all-time).
Their franchise record of nine consecutive wins grew to ten as this red-hot offense came right out the gate smoking! They marched right down the field on the back of rookie Zeke Elliot running through the red sea like openings, capping off a seven play 75-yard opening drive with a four-yard touchdown run. Dak continued to look like a poised veteran as he did just enough with both his arm and legs to lead his team to a 31-26 victory. He threw his lone touchdown pass the receiver Terrence Williams who made a highlight reel grab displaying incredible body control just getting both feet down inbounds near the sideline.
The defense led by tackling machine, Sean Lee, continued to play well as they bent but wouldn’t break for most of the game. Even though they would not force a turnover again and would not get a single sack, they made plays when they had to and contained Washington’s potent offense in the first half and much of the third quarter. Although Kirk Cousins arm was in full effect as he threw for 449 and three touchdowns on the Cowboys injury-riddled secondary, their run game was virtually nonexistent as they manage only a mere 2.9 yard per carry. Dallas, however, rushed for an impressive 5.4 yards per carry which surely comes as no surprise to anyone as this mauling offensive line continues to wear defenses out, punishing lineman and linebackers alike!
The Redskins certainly didn’t go out lying down as they connected on a couple of haymakers in the 4th quarter, making the Cowboys and fans sweat it out till the end. Big plays all through the game by the dynamic rookie duo would prove to be too much for this feisty Redskins team, as their late 4th quarter drive filled with big plays by the rookies, some penalties and a big-time grab by veteran wideout Dez Bryant’s would all but finish off Washington. The Redskins slow start and inability to finish off drives, settling for multiple field goals as well as missing a couple is what ultimately lead to their demise. When they finally woke up, it was too late.
After the game, Dak and Zeke were awarded the Galloping Gobbler Award as the first ever Co-winners! They were hoping for the turkey but were happy to settle for the trophy and the win. The Cowboys have another tough one next week as they travel to Minnesota where they will attempt to make it 11 wins in a row. With an all-world offensive line, dynamic rookies and young talent all over the field, it certainly appears this team has the key ingredients to succeed and has something incredibly special cooking in Dallas!
By Eddie Cohen
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