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Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 | 8:25 PM ET | AT&T Stadium | Referee: Craig Wrolstad
Week 13 kicks off on Thursday night (8:25 PM ET, NBC/NFLN/Amazon) in a showdown between division rivals as the Dallas Cowboys welcome the Washington Redskins to AT&T Stadium. Washington and Dallas, who are both playing on Thursday for the second consecutive week, are tied for second place in the NFC East at 5-6. The Redskins and Cowboys meet for the 116th time (including the postseason), with Dallas holding a 69-44-2 series advantage. In their Week 8 meeting, Dallas safety Byron Jones had a 21-yard interception-return touchdown and defensive lineman David Irving recorded two sacks in the Cowboys’ 33-19 win at Washington.
The Redskins enter Week 13 following a 20-10 win over the New York Giants on Thanksgiving night. Wide receiver Jamison Crowder had a career-high 141 receiving yards and a touchdown, rookie running back Samaje Perine had 130 scrimmage yards (100 rushing, 30 receiving) and Washington’s defense limited the Giants to 170 total yards in the victory. Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins ranks second in the NFL with 3,038 passing yards, his third consecutive season with at least 3,000 yards. Linebacker Zach Brown leads the league with 110 tackles and linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, who had two sacks in the last meeting, ranks 5th in the NFC with nine sacks.
Dallas looks to rebound following a 28-6 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Thanksgiving. Cowboys running back Rod Smith scored his first career touchdown and his brother, linebacker Jaylon Smith, led the team with eight tackles in the loss. Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott, who has 39 touchdown passes and 11 rushing touchdowns since entering the league in 2016, is one of two players in NFL history (Carolina’s Cam Newton) with at least 35 touchdown passes and 10 rushing touchdowns in their first two NFL seasons. Prescott’s 11 rushing touchdowns since the start of last season are the most by a quarterback over that span. Defensive end Demarcus Lawrence ties for third in the NFL with 11.5 sacks and has three sacks with a forced fumble in his past four games against Washington.
|WASHINGTON REDSKINS||DALLAS COWBOYS|
|LAST WEEK||W 20-10 vs. New York Giants||L 28-6 vs. Los Angeles Chargers|
|COACH VS. OPP.||Jay Gruden: 2-5||Jason Garrett: 10-4|
|PASSING||Kirk Cousins: 249-376-3038-19-6-101.1||Dak Prescott: 221-347-2318-16-9-87.6|
|RUSHING||Samaje Perine (R): 113-427-3.8-1||Alfred Morris: 51-296-5.8-0|
|RECEIVING||Jamison Crowder: 46-561-12.2-1||Dez Bryant: 53-578-10.9-4|
|SACKS||Ryan Kerrigan: 9||Demarcus Lawrence: 11.5|
|INTs||Kendall Fuller: 4||Many tied: 1|
|TAKE/GIVE||0 (16/16)||-4 (12/16)|
|PUNTING (NET)||Tress Way: 44.9 (38.7)||Chris Jones: 43.7 (41.6)|
|KICKING||Nick Rose: 45 (15/16 PAT; 10/11 FG)||Dan Bailey: 37 (16/16 PAT; 7/7 FG)|
LEADER: Cowboys lead all-time series, 69-42-2
STREAKS: Cowboys have won past 3
LAST GAME: 10/29/17: Cowboys 33 at Redskins 19
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/24/16: Cowboys 31, Redskins 26
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QB Kirk Cousins ranks 2nd in NFL with 3,038 pass yards. Is 1 of 3 with 3,000+ pass yards (3,038) & 100+ rating (101.1). In past 2 at Dal., has 625 pass yards (312.5 per game), 6 TDs & 0 INTs for 134.4 rating. Has 3,254 pass yards (295.8 per game), 19 TDs & 4 INTs for 106.1 rating in past 11 on road.
RB Samaje Perine (rookie) had career-high 130 scrimmage yards (100 rush, 30 rec.) in Week 12. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ rush yards.
WR Jamison Crowder had career-high 141 rec. yards & TD last week. In past 4, has 412 yards (103 per game) & TD. Has 28 receptions for 359 yards (89.8 per game) & 2 TDs in past 4 vs. Dal. WR Josh Doctson had TD catch in Week 12. Aims for 3rd in row vs. NFC East with TD. TE Vernon Davis has 2 TDs in past 2 at Dal.
LB Ryan Kerrigan has 3 sacks in past 2. Has 4.5 sacks in past 4 vs. Dal. In past 3 on road vs. division, has 2.5 sacks & 2 FFs. Since 2012, is 1 of 2 in NFL (Justin Houston) with 60+ sacks (60) & 2+ INTs (2). LB Zach Brown leads NFL with 110 tackles. Has 23 tackles in past 2 on Thursday. In past 4 vs. NFC East, has 46 tackles (11.5 per game) & 1.5 sacks. Has 29 tackles (9.7 per game) & 2.5 sacks in past 3 on road. DE Anthony Lanier aims for 3rd in row with sack. CB Josh Norman has 4 PD, FF & FR in past 4 vs. Dal. CB Kendall Fuller had INT last week. CB Bashaud Breeland ties for 3rd in NFC with 12 PD.
QB Dak Prescott has 16 TDs vs. 7 INTs for 97.6 rating in past 10 at home. Has rush TD in 2 of past 3 vs. Was. Since entering league in 2016, leads NFL QBs with 11 rush TDs.
RB Rod Smith had rush TD last week, his 1st career TD. RB Alfred Morris spent 4 seasons with Was. (2012- 15) & had 4,713 rush yards & 29 TDs. Since 2012, ranks 6th in NFL with 5,252 rush yards. In 3 Thursday games with 10+ rush att., has 315 yards (105 per game) & 2 TDs.
WR Dez Bryant has 3 rec. TDs in his past 4 at home vs. Was. In 3 career Thursday games vs. division, has 17 receptions for 290 yards (96.7 per game) & 2 TDs. Has 65 TD catches since 2011, tied for most in NFL. WR Terrance Williams has 183 rec. yards (91.5 per game) & TD in past 2 at home vs. Was. TE Jason Witten has 2 rec. TDs in past 3 at home vs. Was. Ranks 2nd all-time among TEs in receptions (1,139) & rec. yards (12,317).
DE Demarcus Lawrence ties for 3rd in NFL with 11.5 sacks. Has 3 sacks & FF in his past 4 vs. Was. Has 2.5 sacks & FR in past 3 vs. NFC East. DL David Irving has 6 sacks, FF & 5 PD in his past 6 at home. Had 2 sacks in last meeting. DE Tyrone Crawford had sack & FF in last meeting. Has 4.5 sacks, FF & FR in his past 7 vs. division. S Byron Jones had 21-yard INT-TD in last meeting, his only career TD. Has 4 PD in past 3 at home on Thursday. LB Jaylon Smith led team with 8 tackles in Week 12. Leads team with 66 tackles.