Amari Cooper makes difference in rematch as Cowboys hold off Redskins

DALvsWAS Michael Gallup Will Play Value Extends Beyond Passing Game

The NFC East race could not have played out any better for the Dallas Cowboys this season. Even though Washington won in the first game this year, the Cowboys are looking to claim the W this time around.

Cowboys players, coaches and fans were praising Amari Cooper after his big game in a 31-23 win against the Redskins on Thanksgiving. Colt McCoy is the man now for the Redskins and he looked decent last week, but the Houston Texans weren't preparing all week for him to be in the game.

However, it is a contest that the Cowboys will be without some key factors on both sides of the ball as star linebacker Sean Lee, defensive tackle David Irving, and wide receiver Tavon Austin have each been ruled out of the game, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

"They say if you want to be a good team, you have to really start rolling in November", said Cooper, who had a Dallas Thanksgiving record with 180 yards receiving with a 40-yard touchdown as well in a 31-23 win over the Redskins.

After Alex Smith's gruesome leg injury only four days earlier, and a short week to prepare for a Thanksgiving Day game in his home state, McCoy threw for 268 yards and two touchdowns Thursday.

Michael Gallup
Dallas Cowboys WR Michael Gallup

Lost in the excitement of his long touchdowns are the four other receptions from Amari Cooper that kept Cowboys drives alive on third down.

When Dak Prescott wasn't flawless with his arm, he was able to run decisively to create a touchdown and another first down on a field goal drive. "For some reason, since I've been here, the chemistry with Dak has phenomenal". "We just said to hell with it. But he made some incredible plays, some incredible throws I think we can build off". They have a lot of momentum going into this game, winning their last two on the road, when no one really expected them to do so.

Redskins running back Adrian Peterson left briefly in the first quarter with a shoulder injury but returned.

Redskins: First of two meetings in the final five games against the defending champion Eagles, at Philadelphia on Monday, Dec. 3. They host the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night in Week 13.

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