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DAL 31, WAS 26: Cowboys Ride Early Lead to Victory

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Dak Prescott

Dez Bryant, Josh Norman, RedskinsIn one of the biggest games between Dallas and Washington in the modern era, the Cowboys built an early 17-3 lead in the second quarter. They would need every bit of it to fight off Kirk Cousins in the second half and hang on for their tenth-straight win in 2016.

Cousins lit up the Cowboys' defense for 449 yards and three touchdowns. A late touchdown to Jordan Reed pulled Washington to within five points, but the anticipated onside kick attempt went out of bounds. Dallas got a first-down and ran the clock down for a victory.

The Cowboys moved to 10-1 on the same formula they've rode all year; mistake-free football and timely first-down conversions. The offense wasn't quite as sharp in the second half but tacked on two more touchdowns to maintain the lead.

Their defense gave up plenty of yardage but did a great job, particularly early, of keeping Washington out of the endzone. Washington kicker Dustin Hopkins missed two of four field-goal attempts in the first half, only making the hole deeper.

Other Notes

  • Terrance Williams made one catch all day, but what a catch! Williams had to tap his toes in the endzone while twisting to make the catch along the sideline. It was an even more athletic catch than his big one against the Seahawks in 2014.
  • Kirk Cousins wasn't sacked all day and saw little pressure, a huger factor in his big yardage. The lack of pass rush is status quo for the Cowboys, but especially frustrating as Washington was missing their starting center and left tackle.
  • Dak Prescott only had 195 passing yards, the lowest of his career. It was the first time he's had less than 200 yards in a game. However, he did have a new career high with 39 yards rushing.
  • Dez Bryant's battle with Josh Norman was more explosive after the game than during. The two had to be separated as the teams met at midfield. Cameras captured Dez yelling "Washington needs to get their money back" on his way to the locker room afterward, so we can only imagine the kind of trash talking that took place throughout the day.



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BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb

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BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb

According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.

Adam Schefter on Twitter

Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T

The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.

During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.

After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.

This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.

Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!



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REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur

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L.P. Ladouceur

L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.

Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.

Todd Archer on Twitter

The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e

Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.

Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.

Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.



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REPORT: Cowboys Negotiating Trade with Dolphins for DE Robert Quinn

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According to a report just minutes ago, the Dallas Cowboys are visiting with Miami Dolphins' Defensive End Robert Quinn today as part of a possible trade. Miami is looking for a trade partner to try to get something back for Quinn before making him a salary cap casualty.

Quinn is in the final year of his contract and is set to count $12.9 million against the Dolphins' salary cap. Most of that is his base salary of $11.8 million, which Miami is reportedly willing to pay part of to help facilitate a trade.

Tom Pelissero on Twitter

Robert Quinn was spotted today on his way to visit the #Cowboys, who are in trade talks with the #Dolphins for the veteran DE, sources say. Quinn would need to agree to any deal. So, this is another step in the process, with a Dallas team that obviously needs pass rush.

The Cowboys need DE help with DeMarcus Lawrence's contract still unresolved and Randy Gregory now indefinitely suspended for another drug policy violation. They signed Kerry Hyder from the Lions yesterday, but he isn't a proven commodity like Quinn.

Turning 29 in May, Robert Quinn is a two-time Pro Bowler and former first-round pick of the Rams. He hasn't had the same production in recent years but still had 6.5 sacks for Miami in 2018 and 8.5 the prior year with Los Angeles.

Ever the bargain shoppers these days, Dallas is probably hoping to get Quinn for late-round draft pick or perhaps a pick swap.



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