Redskins fall to Cowboys, 33-19, amid a torrent of rain, injuries and turnovers

Ezekiel Elliott is congratulated by his teammates after scoring the his second touchdown. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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A rain-soaked day ended in defeat as the Cowboys beat the Redskins, 33-19, at FedEx Field in a turnover and — of course — injury-filed game.

Here’s the full array of The Post’s Redskins reporting and analysis as Washington falls below .500 to 3-4 on the season.

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• The best and worst moments from Washington’s Week 8 loss to Dallas

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The Cowboys blocked a Redskins field goal, and Washington ‘couldn’t get the mojo back’

Trent Williams is taking it week by week, but says knee is getting worse

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Game analysis

The Post’s Redskins writers provide live analysis from FedEx Field.

Pick-six caps Cowboys win | Cowboys 33, Redskins 19

A final drive went nowhere good for Washington, as Dallas’s Byron Jones picked off a Kirk Cousins pass and returned it for a touchdown. It was the final blow for a Redskins team that battled turnovers and injuries all day.

Washington falls to 3-4 on the season and 0-3 in the NFC East, while Dallas improves to 4-3 and holds second place in the division behind the 7-1 Philadelphia Eagles.

Last gasp for Redskins

Washington got the defensive stop it needed, but the Cowboys have drained the clock so the Redskins will have just under a minute remaining to score a touchdown. Kirk Cousins and the Redskins take over on their own 13-yard line.

Cousins and Doctson connect for TD, close gap | Cowboys 26, Redskins 19

After two near interceptions on the drive, Kirk Cousins found Josh Doctson in the middle of the end zone for a touchdown to narrow it to a one-possession game with 4:35 remaining. However, Nick Rose missed the extra point, leaving the margin at seven.

And because Washington’s offense ran a play in the 2017 season, it lost yet another lineman to injury. Left tackle T.J. Clemmings limped off after rolling his left ankle on the Redskins’ scoring play.

Mike Nugent hits third field goal of the half | Cowboys 26, Redskins 13

The Washington defense held the Cowboys to yet another field goal, but the deficit keeps mounting and time keeps ticking away.

Can Redskins weather losses and rally?

Facing a 10-point deficit, the Redskins offense is showing few signs of life. They’ve tallied just one first down in the second half thus far, and after opening the half with a lost fumble, they’ve gone three-and-out on their past two possessions. The rain is falling, the clock is ticking and the Redskins’ chance to steal a win over a division rival is quickly slipping away. — Rick Maese

Offensive line injury epidemic continues

The Redskins started Sunday’s game with a bunch of question marks along the offensive line. By the end of the third quarter, they know exactly what they have there: a preseason lineup of reserves charged with protecting Kirk Cousins.

They began the game with just two starters. They began the fourth quarter with just one — and tackle Morgan Moses is playing on a pair of sprained ankles. Guard Shawn Lauvao is the latest big body to join the injured list. He left the game with a stinger and reported to the locker room for further evaluation. Arie Kouandjio, former Redskin who was signed Saturday off Baltimore’s practice squad, replaced Lauvao in the lineup. — Rick Maese

Cowboys add another field goal | Cowboys 23, Redskins 13

Washington miscues — this time a special teams penalty that resulted in a 30-yard swing in yardage following a Redskins punt — continue to plague the team, but the defense is limiting the damage. The Redskins held the Cowboys to a field goal, keeping lead at just 10 points.

Washington’s last remaining healthy starting offensive lineman is injured

With Trent Williams, Spencer Long and Brandon Scherff sitting out and right tackle Morgan Moses playing with two sprained ankles, that left Shawn Lauvao as Washington’s last remaining healthy starter. Well …

Turnovers plaguing Redskins as Cowboys push lead | Cowboys 20, Redskins 13

In the opening minutes of the second half, turnovers are already devastating Washington.

After the deflating final minutes of the first half, the Redskins could’ve used a big series to open the third quarter and get a bit of wind in their sails. Instead, just three plays after a 25-yard pass to Jamison Crowder, quarterback Kirk Cousins was sacked at the Redskins’ 42-yard line by Tyrone Crawford and fumbled the ball. DeMarcus Lawrence recovered at the Washington 45-yard line. The ensuing drive resulted in a 36-yard field goal for Dallas.

The Redskins did not bounce back well. Chris Thompson fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Dallas took over in Redskins’ territory and, after a holding penalty negated another Ezekiel Elliott touchdown run, settled for a field goal. — Rick Maese

It’s wet and getting wild at FedEx

The rain hasn’t stopped all game, and there aren’t any signs it’ll let up during the second half. We’ve already seen the wet conditions impact the game, as punter Tress Way struggled to catch a snap on Nick Rose’s field goal that was blocked and resulted in a Cowboys touchdown two plays later.

Both Kirk Cousins and Dak Prescott have been accurate, but the Redskins are playing without three key starters along the offensive line — left tackle Trent Williams, right guard Brandon Scherff and center Spencer Long. In a game with these conditions, it’s ideal for an offense to depend on its running game. The Redskins, however, don’t have that luxury. — Master Tesfatsion

Strip sack sets up Dallas to start second half with field goal | Cowboys 17, Redskins 13

The pressure finally got to Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins on third-and-9 during Washington’s first drive of the second half. Tyrone Crawford swiped the ball away from the Washington QB and DeMarcus Thomas recovered for Dallas on the Redskins’ 45-yard line.

Dallas marched 27 yards before stalling out and settling for a 36-yard field goal from Mike Nugent.

After a miss, a swing | Cowboys 14, Redskins 13 at the half

The Redskins had an opportunity to take a two-possession lead, but a 10-point swing gave the Cowboys a one-point lead with 2:20 left in the first half. Nick Rose’s 36-yard kick was block by Tyrone Crawford and recovered by Orlando Scandrick, who returned it 86 yards to give Dallas the ball inside the 5. Punter Tress Way bobbled the ball while trying to catch the snap in the rain, while Rose’s kick was low enough to get blocked.

Two plays later, running back Ezekiel Elliott scored on a one-yard touchdown run to give Dallas a 14-13 lead. It was a terrible special teams error for the Redskins, who appeared to be gaining momentum after forcing the Cowboys to a three-and-out and setting up what would’ve been their fourth straight scoring drive.

The Redskins would head into halftime trailing, despite outgaining the Cowboys, 172-166. Cousins is 14 of 18 for 151 yards and a 101.6 passer rating. Prescott is 9 of 10 for 105 yards and a 110.4 passer rating. — Master Tesfatsion

Redskins’ lose another TE as Jordan Reed exits

With Niles Paul already out, Vernon Davis would be Washington’s only remaining active tight end if Reed does not return.

Blocked field-goal sets up Cowboys’ go-ahead touchdown | Cowboys 14, Redskins 13

A blocked kick on a 36-yard Washington field goal attempt was returned by Dallas to the four-yard line, with an additional Redskins penalty during the kick return moving it two yards closer. Two plays later, Ezekiel Elliott carried the ball over the goal line to give Dallas the lead with 2:20 remaining in the half. Needless to say, it was a huge swing in momentum.

Washington adds another field goal | Redskins 13, Cowboys 7

Nick Rose kicked his second field goal of the game, this one a 42-yarder, to push Washington’s lead to six with just over 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter.

The kick finished off a seven-play, 38-yard drive following the Cowboys’ missed field goal attempt. Neither team has yet punted in this game.

Ryan Kerrigan questionable to return

Washington’s defense was already short-handed without Jonathan Allen and Mason Foster, two recent additions to injured reserve. Perhaps the most reliable piece of Redskins’ pass-rush game has been Ryan Kerrigan, who’d already tallied a first-quarter sack here. But in the early minutes of the second quarter, Kerrigan found himself on the sidelines, sitting on the trainers’ table. He’s listed as questionable with a groin injury.

The Redskins’ pass rush is running out of options. Preston Smith is already playing with a groin injury. Junior Galette, Ryan Anderson and Chris Carter could all be asked to carry a heavier workload as this game continues. — Rick Maese

Mike Nugent’s first field-goal attempt sails wide left

Filling in for the injured Dan Bailey, Mike Nugent’s first impression on his new team was not a favorable one. He pulled a 49-yard attempt wide left, leaving Dallas trailing Washington 10-7 with 13:04 remaining in the second quarter.

Another third-down penalty nearly burned Washington on this drive. Outside linebacker Junior Gallette jumped into the neutral zone on a third-and-6 in which a deep pass to Dez Bryant fell incomplete. But instead of facing fourth down, the Cowboys had another chance on third-and-1. Ezekiel Elliott easily picked up the first down to extend the drive.

Niles Paul ruled out with a concussion

#Redskins TE Niles Paul (concussion) has been downgrade to out, will not return to #DALvsWAS.

— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) October 29, 2017

Tight end Niles Paul has been ruled out because of a concussion suffered on Rob Kelley’s one-yard touchdown run. Although he’s the third tight end on the depth chart, it’s a significant loss for Washington. The Redskins intended to use a heavy dose of two- and three-tight ends sets in this game, but they now have just two available tight ends. Rookie Jeremy Sprinkle was a healthy scratch.

Paul also served as the team’s fullback, a role he played on the touchdown that resulted in a concussion, and as Washington’s special teams captain. — Master Tesfatsion

How will makeshift O-line fare?

With three of the Redskins’ five regular starting offensive linemen wearing street clothes, all eyes will be on quarterback Kirk Cousins and how he performs behind the rag-tag line in front of him. The early returns suggest it could be a bruising game for Cousins, but it certainly hasn’t hampered his performance in the game’s opening quarter.

The Redskins’ first touchdown drive was highlighted by Cousins’ 41-yard pass to Jamison Crowder, which put the Washington offense on the 4-yard line and set up Rob Kelley’s 1-yard score a couple of plays later.

It’s clear already that Cousins can’t afford to hold onto the ball too long against the Cowboys and he can expect heavy pressure all day. On Washington’s first offensive play of the day, Cousins was rocked by DeMarcus Lawrence and just one play before the strike to Crowder, Cousins took a brutal hit from Damien Wilson, which resulted in a roughing the passer penalty. — Rick Maese

Kelley reclaims lead for Washington, but they lose Niles Paul | Redskins 10, Cowboys 7

Back and forth we go.

Rob Kelley plowed into the end zone from the half-yard line to give Washington the lead after briefly trailing. The big play of the scoring drive came connected with Jamison Crowder for 41 yards to give Washington a first-and-goal at the Dallas 4-yard line.

The scoring play proved costly however as Niles Paul, providing a lead block for Kelley, crashed helmet-to-helmet with Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee and appeared unsteady walking off the field after staying down on the field for several minutes.

Cowboys tight ends troubling Redskins early

Washington’s defense caught a significant break on the opening drive when it jarred the ball out of running back Ezekiel Elliott’s hands, resulting in a quick 3-0 lead. On the ensuing play, however, the Redskins struggled to contain the Cowboys’ tight ends. Facing a 1st and 15 to start the next drive, Washington was fooled on a play-action bootleg to leave Jason Witten open for 16 yards. Geoff Swaim gained 18 yards on the next play, giving the Cowboys two productive gains after an awful start.

It propelled a five-play, 80-yard drive that ended on a 13-yard touchdown run from Elliott, who went untouched. The drive may be a sign of how the Cowboys intend to use their tight ends often in the passing game, because the Redskins haven’t fared well stopping them in previous weeks. — Master Tesfatsion

Elliott bounces back with a touchdown | Cowboys 7, Redskins 3

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott redeemed himself after an early turnover finishing off a five-play, 75-yard Dallas drive with a 13-yard run into the end zone in which he was untouched by a defender.

Elliott gives Redskins and early gift | Redskins 3, Cowboys 0

A fumble by Elliott on Dallas’s first possession gave Washington the football at the Dallas 29-yard line. The Redskins couldn’t pick up a first down, but did take the early lead with a 38-yard field goal from Nick Rose.

It was a nice way to start the game for Washington considering the steady stream of injury news that poured in prior to kickoff.

Injuries are the obvious theme ahead of kickoff

The Dallas pass-rush against a banged-up Washington offensive line figures to be just one area of emphasis as the two teams tangle Sunday. And with Josh Normanreturning, the should be an entertaining duel against Dallas wide receiver/Norman nemesis Dez Bryant. That said, Washington will be without Bashaud Breeland who was an unexpected addition to the inactive list just before kickoff.

The game could be a sloppy affair as heavy rain is expected in the the area this evening.

Injury report and inactives

The Redskins ruled out linemen Trent Williams and Spencer Long ahead of the game, while middle linebacker Mason Foster was placed on injured reserve Friday. And for Washington, that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Bashaud Breeland was listed as inactive in an unexpected move just before kickoff. Here is the full list of inactives for Washington:

  • 26 CB Bashaud Breeland
  • 61 C Spencer Long
  • 71 T Trent Williams
  • 75 G Brandon Scherff
  • 79 T Ty Nsekhe
  • 83 WR Brian Quick
  • 87 TE Jeremy Sprinkle

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The Cowboys enter the game relatively healthy, though they’ll lack the services of usual kicker Dan Bailey. Mike Nugent will fill in.

You can read more on each injury and potential impact here.

Dallas Cowboys (3-3) at Washington Redskins (3-3)
Kickoff: 4:25 p.m. ET, FedEx Field
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Line: Cowboys by 1.5, o/u 46.5
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