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4-2, 1st in NFC East

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins coach Jay Gruden says QB Alex Smith, who has struggled, has helped so far by not turning the ball over. That's part of the reason, Gruden said, they're 4-2. There are other factors. "Playing good defense, field position, we're making them go a very long way. Tress [Way] is doing a good job of punting the ball and we're making teams earn every blade of grass they get. Make teams go 75, 85 yards it's very difficult. And then we take advantage of some of the good field positions we do get and punch it in from time-to-time. But, we will get better on offense. We're going to stick with the plan and we're going to get better for sure."

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2dTodd Archer

After loss, Cowboys at a loss on snap penalty

A first-ever snap penalty for the Cowboys' L.P. Ladouceur pushed a game-tying field goal to 52 yards, and it was then missed by Brett Maher when the ball hit the upright.

Brian Burke ESPN Analytics 

The top 5 team pass rush performances of the week through the 4pm games in week 7 based on our new Pass Rush Win Rate (PRWR) metric are: 1) Broncos 85% PRWR, 2) Rams 71%, 3) Cardinals 69%, 4) Redskins 69%, 5) Ravens, 67%. You can bank on their opponents being in the bottom 5 in Pass Block Win Rate. [PRWR uses player tracking from Next Gen Stats.]

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins strong safety D.J. Swearinger had four combined tackles, but after a strong start he had a relatively quiet day. And he's happy about that for one reason: "It's great when you play strong safety and only have a couple tackles.... because our front seven is balling."

Gruden praises his defense for win over Cowboys (1:10)
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Kerrigan's strip-sack, missed FG help 'Skins top 'Boys 20-17

Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan's strip-sack of Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was recovered for a touchdown by Preston Smith with just under five minutes left in the fourth quarter Sunday, and Washington held on to edge Dallas 20-17 when a...

Clark and Saturday think Redskins can win division (1:22)

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Washington Redskins now have a game-and-a-half lead in the NFC East after their 20-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys. Washington nearly blew a late 10-point lead, thanks to some questionable quarterback decisions and a defense that suddenly allowed too many yards. But the Redskins won for two reasons: Adrian Peterson (98 yards) and a defense that stopped Ezekiel Elliott (31 yards) and scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Ryan Kerrigan's quiet season was loud Sunday as his strip/sack fumble led to a Preston Smith one-yard touchdown. The Redskins will have to ride that run-game/defense formula to contend all season.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins are doing a good job using different looks in the run game, twice using speed options to gain yards. It helps that the receiver blocking has been sound on that play giving the backs a chance to gain extra yards. But they've run well out of the gun as well as with the quarterback under center. They have used jet motion to help as well, though at some point they'll have to hand the ball to the receiver. When they run well, they have won this season.

Bibbs takes screen pass to house (0:30)

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins need quarterback Alex Smith to play a lot better in the second half. He completed seven-of-15 passes for 87 yards in the first half, despite having solid protection for much of the half. It doesn't help having rotating targets, but he still has to find a way to help more in the passing game.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins came out strong in taking a 7-0 lead over the Dallas Cowboys. But any momentum, at least offensively, quickly faded and that's why Washington is tied at halftime. The Redskins gained 58 of their 132 yards on their opening drive, but quarterback Alex Smith and the passing game still hasn't clicked enough, for a variety of reasons including injuries to two of their starting three wideouts. Defensively, the Redskins have done an excellent job in holding Ezekiel Elliott to 13 yards on 10 carries. But unless the offense can help them, their effort could be wasted.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

One thing they miss without Paul Richardson in the game: a WR who adjusts well when the quarterback starts to scramble. At times the others seem to still be learning where to go or what to do when Alex Smith starts to scramble.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins have thus far done a good job on running back Ezekiel Elliott, even in their nickel front. The big reason: the defensive linemen have held their ground and squeezed gaps. The linebackers have been able to fill well. But it starts up front -- and that's why they drafted Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen the last two years in the first round. But it's also Matt Ioannidis, who has done a nice job shedding blocks or holding his ground.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins need to keep using running back Adrian Peterson between the tackles. Against the speed of Dallas' linebackers, it could be a more effective option, letting him navigate traffic inside and create yards with power rather than trying to stretch outside. The way they need to run outside is off some sort of misdirection action to freeze the backers.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

One way the Redskins are trying to contend with Dallas' run game is by using three safeties at times in their base defensive formation. They'll sub in safety Deshazor Everett for corner Fabian Moreau. Everett is a converted corner so he can cover if needed, but he enters to help vs. the run.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins are at their best when using a lot of misdirection at the snap and that's what they did on the touchdown to Kapri Bibbs. In a three-receiver set they used jet screen action and Alex Smith ran play-action and looked to the left. It opened a lane on the screen to Bibbs. But with Dallas having fast linebackers it's the best way to create space for the screen game and look for that to continue.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Greg Stroman started at the other outside corner spot with Quinton Dunbar sidelined. But the Redskins were in nickel each of the three downs anyway. They want Fabian Moreau to stay inside to cover Cole Beasley and he was on him in man on two of the three downs.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

With the Redskins receivers missing two of their top three targets they need the run game to do well. Dallas' strength is its front seven. The Cowboys don't use last second shifts as much as in the past but they will slant on occasion. The key is limiting the impact of their linebackers. They power their run defense.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins inactives: WR Paul Richardson, CB Quinton Dunbar, WR Jamison Crowder, RB Chris Thompson, S Troy Apke, OL Geron Christian and C Casey Dunn.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins drafted Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen in the first round the last two years to stop back like Ezekiel Elliott. Because Allen missed both games vs. Dallas last year, this will be their first chance to face Elliott, who has rushed for 330 yards in three games vs. Washington. Against Houston two weeks ago, Dallas allowed quick penetration in the interior which kept him to 54 yards on 20 carries. But, last week vs. Jacksonville, Dallas owned the front and Elliott rushed for 106 yards. If Payne and Allen can be disruptive, Washington has a chance to slow Elliott.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins need to keep Dallas out of third and 4 or less. Not because the Cowboys are great in this area, but because the Redskins are bad. They've faced 23 such situations and allowed 20 first downs. Meanwhile, the Cowboys have converted 15 of 28 such situations into first down. The Redskins allow 3.8 yards per carry -- eight most -- and 6.77 yards per catch (16th) when facing third and 4 or less. Quarterbacks complete 76.9 percent of passes vs. them.

Team Stats

Passing Yards218.526th
Rushing Yards119.014th
Points For21.025th
Points Against20.27th

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