The Dallas Cowboys ended Washington’s four-game winning streak with a score of 27-20. The Cowboys’ defense dominated Washington’s offense, which saw several of its players injured.
Wide receiver Terry McLaurin fell hard and was screened for concussion in the third quarter, leaving the game for good. Taylor Heinicke left the game in the fourth quarter with a knee injury. It was considered doubtful come back but remained on the sidelines.
Ron Rivera standing over Heinicke as team medics attend to him on the pitch.
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Heinicke had a very tough day with the Cowboys tough seven forwards, giving the deal to the Washington offensive line. He completed just 11 of his 25 attempting passes for 122 yards while throwing a touchdown and committing two turnovers. Edge rusher Micah Parsons, in particular, made Heinicke’s day difficult, sacking him twice and forcing a fumble that led to a defensive touchdown.
Kyle Allen replaced Heinicke, completing four of nine passes for 53 yards. He failed to complete the comeback due to a fumble on Washington’s last drive.
Despite a 24-0 halftime loss, Washington remained in the hunt against its divisional rival with 12 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. But Allen and company efforts weren’t enough to maintain their winning streak, and will now look to pick up the pieces of that loss with several of their key players stricken.
Washington’s meager 6-7 record still has the team in the playoff hunt, but the guys can’t afford to fall flat like they did to open the game against the Cowboys. Their next game is against the Philadelphia Eagles.