It’s a good thing the roof and plaza doors were open Thursday night at AT&T Stadium.
There were several times Dallas Cowboys fans needed to breath a Lone Star-sized sigh of relief.
Dak Prescott, who injured his hand in the second quarter, threw two touchdowns. Add in the running of Alfred Morris and the mixture proved enough to get the Cowboys a much-needed 38-14 win over the Washington Redskins.
Despite an inauspicious start, Prescott recovered from 1-of-6 passing to open the game to finish 11-of-22 for 102 yards and two touchdown tosses to Jason Witten and Dez Bryant.
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The latter, more impressive considering Prescott injured his right thumb on an option play during a second-quarter hit. He didn’t miss any plays although coach Jason Garrett said rookie Cooper Rush was ready to replace Prescott if needed.
Prescott was taken back to the locker room for an X-ray, but thanks to a Ryan Switzer punt return for a touchdown, Rush never saw the field and Prescott returned for Dallas’ second possession of the second quarter.
“It was bruised up,” Prescott said. “There was swelling at the time. It was on the option play.
“They wrapped it up, got the swelling down and I was good to go.”
Playing without suspended start Ezekiel Elliott, Morris shook off a slow start with four carries for 9 yards in the first quarter to finish with 27 carries for 127 yards and one touchdown.
He kept the chains moving with slashing runs that grew in intensity as the game progressed.
“He was physical, really physical,” Prescott said of Morris. “He was breaking tackles. I didn’t know how he got out of some of those.”
Prescott’s longest throw was a short pass to Bryant that the wide receiver turned into a 24-yard gain.
Nevertheless, Prescott had the running game to lean on with Morris averaging 5.1 yards per carry in the final three quarters.
Prescott struggled to get going and looked pressured against Washington’s early scheme.
His only completion in the first quarter was to Cole Beasley that wound up one yard short of a first down.
In fact, the Cowboys didn’t have a first down until the last play of the first quarter.
But Prescott settled in somewhat, connecting with Witten early in the second quarter on a quick 8-yard touchdown pass and Dan Bailey followed with a 24-yard field goal for a 10-0 lead.
Switzer’s 83-yard punt return gave the Cowboys a 17-0 lead before the Redskins close to within 17-7 at halftime.
The offense closed it out from there with 21 fourth-quarter points, including Prescott’s 13-yard touchdown pass to Bryant.
Bryant, who had several matchups with Redskins corner Josh Norman, grabbed his touchdown catch in the left corner of the end zone against Bashaud Breeland.
Despite Breeland getting flagged for holding, Bryant went up over the Washington cornerback to make a circus-like catch.
Bryant finished with five receptions for 61 yards.