The Dallas Cowboys attempted to keep their streak alive and honor a long-standing Thanksgiving Day tradition with a victory against the Washington Redskins by taking a 17-6 lead into halftime at AT&T Stadium Sunday.
The Cowboys (9-1) have won a single-season, franchise-record nine consecutive games and are 6-1 all-time against the Redskins on Thanksgiving Day.
More important, a victory against the Redskins (6-3-1) would give the Cowboys the season sweep of the series and virtually eliminate Washington from the NFC East chase.
The Cowboys got on the board on the opening drive when they marched 75 yards on seven plays with ease.
Running back Ezekiel Elliott did the bulk of the work with 47 yards on the ground, including a 20-yard run and the capper from 4 yards out.
The maligned Cowboys defense did its part by playing its traditional bend, but don’t break, style.
A Redskins drive to the Cowboys’ 19 was halted by an offensive holding penalty. The Redskins then missed a 43-yard field goal when Dustin Hopkins was wide left.
Washington got a first and goal at the Cowboys 5 the next time it had the ball.
But the defense stiffened, forcing a 24-yard field goal from Hopkins.
Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey answered with 46-yard field goal only to watch Hopkins miss a 56-yarder.
Rookie quarterback Dak Prescott took over from there, leading the Cowboys 55 yards on six plays.
He had completions of 5 yards to Cole Beasley and 10 yards to Dez Bryant before running for 18 yards on a zone read. He then tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Terrance Williams, who made a nice toe tap in the front corner of the end zone to make the score 17-3.
Again, give the defense credit. The Redskins marched 73 yards on 11 plays, but had to settle for a 20-yard field goal before half.
Washington had a first and goal at the 10 and got as close as third goal on the 2. But Cowboys came up big again in the red zone to force an incompletion.
The Redskins totaled 214 yards of offense in the first half, including 216 passing by quarterback Kirk Cousins.
The Redskins even controlled the time of possession in the first half: 16:43-13:17.
But Washington only had 6 points for their trouble.
Prescott completed nine of 14 passes for 87 yards and a touchdown in the first half.
Elliott had five carries for 38 yards in the first quarter but was slowed in the second quarter, finishing with nine carries for 45 yards at halftime.