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Cowboys, Redskins both rolling for Thanksgiving showdown

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Kirk Cousins was rolling going into his prior revisit to Dallas with Tony Romo sidelined, usually as a Washington quarterback is this season.

The Cowboys have an answer this time in rookie Dak Prescott, who’s been so good that Romo didn’t get his pursuit behind when a 36-year-old finished his liberation from a preseason behind injury.

Dallas, during an NFL-best 9-1, is looking for a initial 10-game winning strain in a same unchanging deteriorate in another Cowboys-Redskins matchup on Thanksgiving. The run started with Prescott’s initial career feat during Washington in Week 2.

Cousins and a Redskins (6-3-1) are perplexing to keep adult in a surprisingly clever NFC East, a year after visiting a Cowboys in a regular-season culmination when they had already wrapped adult a multiplication pretension during 8-7.

Cousins had 3 touchdown passes in a initial entertain and was on a dais before halftime of that playoff tuneup.

The demeanour was identical in final weekend’s 42-24 win over Green Bay, with Cousins tossing 3 TDs in Washington’s sixth win in 8 games given starting 0-2.

“He’s personification great,” Dallas manager Jason Garrett said. “They were means to pierce a round adult and down a margin and they were also means to make a lot of large plays in a flitting diversion during vicious times. That goes to a weapons he has, how they use a weapons and his ability to discharge a football.”

Prescott led a fourth-quarter quip in a 27-23 win over a Redskins after associate rookie prodigy Ezekiel Elliott was benched given of dual fumbles.

Now Prescott is a heading rookie passer in a NFL, and Elliott is a league’s tip rusher during 1,102 yards.

“He’s been bottled adult from time to time in a initial quarter, though as a diversion goes on, that descent line can wear we down and he gets chunks of yardage,” Redskins manager Jay Gruden said. “And Dak has usually finished a good job. He’s usually been really staid underneath pressure.”

Elliott hasn’t had fewer than 92 yards given removing 83 before a benching during Washington.

“I cruise we’re a opposite team, though we meant they’re in a same case,” a 21-year-old former Ohio State star said. “As a deteriorate goes on, you’re going to get better, you’re going to play some-more together, you’re going to get some-more chemistry. It’s going to be a good matchup.”

Things to cruise in a eighth Thanksgiving assembly with a many visit holiday opposition for a Cowboys, who have won 6 of a initial seven:

NO ROMO: It’s a initial time a healthy Romo won’t start on Thanksgiving for Dallas given 2005, a year before he was a midseason deputy for Drew Bledsoe. Romo was a Thanksgiving expert early in his career, winning his initial five.

Most of those were when Prescott was a immature Cowboys fan in Louisiana. “It was always, ‘get up, eat some good food and afterwards watch a Cowboys play,'” a 23-year-old Prescott said. “Now I’m kinda vehement to be personification in it.”

“FAT ROB” RUNNING: Undrafted rookie using behind Robert Kelley — nicknamed “Fat Rob” — appears to have solved Washington’s need in a backfield, producing 137 yards and 3 TDs on 24 carries in Week 11. It was his initial 100-yard diversion given high school.

“He usually keeps relocating a pile, keeps relocating his feet and does a good job,” Gruden said. “He’s a earthy curtain and apparently his round certainty has been outstanding, hit on wood.” Kelley took over after Matt Jones had fumbling problems.

SLOWING COUSINS: The Cowboys offering small insurgency to Cousins on their home margin final season, when he was 12 of 15 for 176 yards in reduction than a half to bind a NFL’s best execution percentage.

Dallas is but reserve Barry Church (broken arm) and cornerback Morris Claiborne, who was carrying a best deteriorate of his career before a groin injury.

“They’re prohibited right now,” cornerback Brandon Carr said. “They have a lot of certainty in their team. That’s great. We have a same certainty over here.”

TY FOR TRENT: So most for a Redskins being in difficulty with their best lineman, left tackle Trent Williams, dangling 4 games after violating a NFL’s piece abuse policy.

Williams’ replacement, 6-foot-8, 335-pound Ty Nsekhe, has been superb in dual starts, victories opposite Minnesota and Green Bay.

He’d usually started dual NFL games previously. “I have no complaints over Ty,” Gruden said. “Like we pronounced before, he’s a starting tackle in a National Football League, but a doubt.”

DANCING SNYDER: Washington cornerback Josh Norman, who total to pull a Dez Bryant assignment some-more than he did during Bryant’s 102-yard day in a initial meeting, wasn’t certain what to make of owners Dan Snyder’s medium dance moves held on inhabitant TV opposite a Packers.

“What in a universe is he doing adult there?” Norman joked. “I was like, ‘Man, if he’s carrying a good time, I’m all for it.’ It’s a good feeling to know that a owners is carrying a good time.”

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