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    3 Stars from Cowboys Loss to the Redskins

    Loss. Win. Loss. Win. Loss. Win. Loss. That's where we stand after seven games with the alternating home wins and road losses and through nearly half the schedule en route to their 3-4 record.

    It was a disappointing loss after a defensive effort that held the Washington Redskins to 13 points on the day. The had some good moments, but the road inconsistency and killed throughout the matchup. The Dallas Cowboys playoff chances took a substantial hit with the loss. With only nine games left in the season, the Cowboys are probably going to have to go 7-2 to make the .

    It's not impossible they could get on a run, but it certainly looks bleak.

    Before we move forward, let's look back and highlight this week's of the game.

    First Star

    Ryan Kerrigan, Washington Redskins

    There were several players that gave the Dallas Cowboys fits on Sunday, but Ryan Kerrigan's strip-sack of in the fourth quarter was the difference in the football game.

    The Cowboys were trailing by three and after being backed up because of a holding on Cowboys' . Dallas was facing a 3rd and 14 at their own 10 yard line. Dak Prescott had good initial protection, but held the ball too long allowing Kerrigan to get to him, strip the ball, and Preston Smith recovered in the end zone to put the Redskins up by 10 with less than five minutes to play.

    Kerrigan finished the game with five tackles (4 solo), two , one for loss, a pass deflection, the forced fumble, and two hits. It was a strong day for one of the longtime Redskins greats.

    Second Star

    Adrian Peterson, Washington Redskins

    The Washington Redskins didn't really have a lot of offensive weapons at their disposal aside from and Adrian Peterson. Adrian Peterson had a good game against a stout Dallas Cowboys , which kept the Cowboys off-balance most of the afternoon.

    His 22 carries for 99 yards may not be the best game ever, but his ability to hit some big runs early and run with consistency early in the game put the Redskins ahead of the chains. On a day when the Redskins were down three of the top four receiving targets, Peterson needed to be effective for Washington to have a chance. He was a big reason the Redskins put up the 13 points on offense that they did.

    Peterson ran hard “All Day” and made life difficult for the Dallas Cowboys defense.

    Third Star

    Michael Gallup, Dallas Cowboys

    After last week's performance, I wrote a piece predicting that a breakout game was imminent for rookie Michael Gallup.

    He delivered the best game of his career Sunday afternoon against the Washington Redskins hauling in three receptions on five targets for 83 yards and a touchdown.

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    Gallup's touchdown reception was a beautiful double move that left the Redskins corner in the dust on his way to his first career touchdown. It was a huge play at the end of the first half that put the Dallas Cowboys on the board. They hadn't really gotten much going prior to that drive. It was a nice step forward for Gallup who has been making strides since some early season struggles.

    The Dallas Cowboys have needed someone to step up on the outside to take some of the pressure off of in the slot and and the . With another solid performance under his belt, Gallup is proving that he is a starter for the Dallas Cowboys now and in the future.

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    Who were your 3 Stars of the game in the Cowboys disappointing loss Sunday?

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    John Williams
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    Dallas Cowboys optimist bringing factual, reasonable takes to Cowboys Nation and the NFL Community. I wasn't always a Cowboys fan, but I got here as quick as I could. Make sure you check out the Inside The Cowboys Podcast featuring John Williams and other analysts following America's Team.

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