Dallas finally posts a win without Zeke, beats Redskins 38-14 on Thursday Night Football


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[Dak Prescott Highlights]

On the final day of November in 2017, the Cowboys saddled up and finally won one as a team.

Dak Prescott hurt his hand early, the Cowboys built a 17-0 lead, Prescott battled and stayed in the game, the offensive line was as dominant as they’ve been all season long, Dez Bryant finally made some big plays; and Alfred Morris had a huge game on the ground. The Cowboys posted a 38-14 win and their season stays alive with some slim hopes for another week.

Ryan Switzer had a punt return for a touchdown. Dak Prescott hit beautiful touchdown throws to Jason Witten and Dez Bryant. David Irving and Demarcus Lawrence got after Kirk Cousins. Washington is now 0-4 against the Dallas Cowboys the last two years in the best rivalry in football. Dallas is now 6-6, and get a wounded Giants team that is reeling next weekend with 10 days to prepare.

The Cowboys have to survive two more games without Ezekiel Elliott: at New York, and at Oakland. Then they get him back.

Dak Prescott had a bruised and swollen hand, and this won’t go down as one of the best games of his career by any means. He was 11 of 22 for just over 100 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He ran for 25 yards. But Prescott won the game and didn’t turn the ball over. The gameplan didn’t ask for him to do a lot more than he did. His receivers continued to not get open – it seemed.

His biggest throws aside from the touchdown throws was a 20+ yard strike to Dez Bryant on third down, and a short throw to Terrance Williams also to move the chains on a third down in which Williams was matched up against Josh Norman.

Demarcus Lawrence now has 15 sacks on the year. Dak Prescott has 18 touchdowns and 9 interceptions.

Some minor game balls go to Jonathan Cooper who had a great game on the offensive line, Chidobe Awuzie looked like a big league cornerback. The Cowboys forced a couple turnovers that were huge in this game.

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The Galloping Zeke’s win huge game in Washington


[Dallas 33, Washington 19]

Zeke Elliott is suspended again. It looks like this time, it’s for good. Before it happened, he had one of the biggest days of his career on a rainy day in Washington.

This was a little bit like the old days, for all that we long for in the NFL; for it to be that way again. It was like a day when Troy Aikman relied on his defense to make plays, it was a rivalry game between two teams playing for their season on the line, a game that Pat Summerall and John Madden would have been proud of. It was played in the muck and the slop. David Irving had a couple of sacks and the Cowboys moved to 4-3 to keep their season hopes alive.

Dak Prescott went 14 of 22 for just 143 yards (he was off to a huge start before the weather became a factor) and had no touchdowns but also another game where he won, and did not throw an interception.

Ezekiel Elliott in contrast had 33 carries for 150 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

Dak Prescott Highlights:

Zeke Elliott Highlights:

Jordan Reed is a monster, Redskins hold 23-17 lead

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Jordan Reed has nine catches for 129 yards and two touchdowns, staking the Redskins to a 23-17 lead in a rainy Philadelphia night. Demarco Murray and Ryan Mathews have both punched in touchdowns for Philadelphia. And Murray just fumbled the game away, Redskins touchdown by Deangelo Hall to make it 30-17.

Fletcher Cox has two sacks.

The officiating has been absolutely abhorrent tonight. Zach Ertz ‘fumbled’ a call that was reviewed and he was clearly down, yet the crew did not overturn it. Another pretty close to a catch was made by Riley Cooper and it was reviewed and upheld. Sometimes I hate the NFL.

You Can’t Beat Saturday NFL Games

It’s Saturday night in Philly. I’ve got the Eagles -3 queued up, and you really can’t beat late season NFL football on a Saturday. I miss this so much from when I was a kid. I have to give major props to the National Football League and their figureheads for giving us this sacred part of the past back.

The Eagles started fast with a 1-yard touchdown run by Ryan Mathews to go up 7-0. I am pulling for Philadelphia tonight not only because I have money on them, but because my wife’s New York Giants need Philadelphia to beat the Redskins tonight and then have to beat them next week; AND hope the Dallas Cowboys get past Washington to send the Giants to the playoffs.

I could use a big game out of Fletcher Cox as well, and Jordan Reed.

Every Cam Newton game is an event right now

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[Panthers 44, Redskins 16]

[NFL.com] [Newton’s Five TD Passes]

The Panthers are now 10-0, and have won their last 14 regular season games. Cam Newton threw five touchdowns, and no interceptions; he’s got 20 passing touchdowns and nine interceptions on the season. This might have been the best game of Cam’s career.

You can tell watching the Panthers on offense that they have high chemistry and are really rolling now.

Heading into Thursday’s Thanksgiving showdown in Dallas, things could not be better for the Carolina Panthers. It’s been an absolute dream season, and they just aren’t stubbing their toe. With the performance they put forth Sunday I look forward to the week ahead where they’ll definitely be receiving premature Super Bowl talk.

One game at a time for the Panthers. Cam Newton is becoming the player I always thought he would be. The Panthers are in the middle of a very special season.

Buccaneers blow 24-0 lead to lose to Redskins 31-30

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[Winston TD to Evans] [Winston TD to Dye]

Well that sucked. There came a point in the game where I just knew; I told my wife as I watched with her and my daughter, that the Buccaneers were going to lose this game. I’ve seen this type of NFL game many times in my life. And sure enough, things broke just right for the Bucs to lose this game and allow the Redskins their largest comeback in franchise history.

It wasn’t all bad. Jameis Winston threw the ball as well as he has in his pro career today finishing 21 of 29 for 297 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. The throws he made on touchdowns linked above were awesome. I think that throw to Evans was the new best in his pro career. Winston made other high octane throws like this 25-yarder to Mike Evans, and this for 29 yards to Louis Murphy, and Evans again for a 24-yard gain; and so many others that didn’t make it into a highlight reel. The guy really deserved to get the win today.

And Doug Martin was phenomenal again. He’s a really good NFL back at the time being.

After this fumble recovery for a touchdown by Mister Howard Jones, I really thought this was going to be a complete blowout and was concerned the Buccaneers passing game wouldn’t get their numbers. Man how I wish I could have that concern back.

Washington then went to work. Kirk Cousins tallied 338 passing yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions in his own right. That’s how bad the Tampa Bay secondary and defense played as a whole. Jordan Reed had 11 catches for 72 yards and two touchdowns, including the one that sealed the inevitable fate of the Buccaneers on this Sunday.

This reminded me so much of a Cleveland Browns loss, it really did. Mike Evans was awesome today; he showed how dangerous he and Winston could be every week if that was the game plan. And no one got hurt. You look around the league at some of the gruesome injuries and you’re just lucky that we will for sure get to see these guys next week. But Tampa Bay and Lovie Smith let this one get away. They won’t be .500 again this year. This was the big swing. Jameis Winston’s finest day as a pro was wasted by a futile effort from his own defense.

RGIII: “I Feel Like I’m The Best QB in Football”

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What is it with this guy?

Today, Robert Griffin III declared the following, direct quote:

“I don’t feel like I have to come out here and show anybody anything or why I’m better than this guy or better than that guy. It’s more about going out and affirming that for me, I go out and I play, I know I’m the best quarterback on this team. I feel like I’m the best quarterback in the league and I have to go out and show that,” he said. “Any athlete at any level, if they concede to someone else, they’re not a top competitor, they’re not trying to be the best that they can be. There’s guys in this league that have done way more than me. But, I still view myself as the best because that’s what I work toward every single day.”

There are probably guys wearing the Washington uniform that don’t even feel that Griffin is the best Quarterback in his own locker room. His head coach arguably doesn’t think he can play. The Redskins scouting department was reportedly in love with Marcus Mariota leading up to the draft.

Griffin just seems to say all the wrong things in the media, at the wrong times. He should be as quiet as a church mouse right now leading up to the season.

I do have a feeling that Griffin survives nearly a whole season and shows marked improvement as a passer on a very lackluster team. I think he’ll do enough to entrench himself as the starter in D.C. heading into the next few years. But he’s going to be far from the best in the game; and may not even be in the top half.

He’s made himself one of the most interesting watches in the entire league due to the things he’s said and the way he’s been unable to handle adversity.