Even though it’s a matchup between two teams with losing records, the division lead in the NFC East is up for grabs when the Cowboys play the Washington Football Team on Thanksgiving.
Dallas (3-7) and Washington (3-7) both enter the game tied along with the Giants for second in the division, half a game behind the Eagles. Yes, the NFC East has been a dumpster fire this season, but someone has to come out of the division to make the playoffs, and it could very well be one of these two teams.
The Cowboys looked strong coming into the year but have struggled in the wake of Dak Prescott’s season-ending ankle injury back in Week 5. Andy Dalton will get the start at QB on Thanksgiving, which should be a welcome sight for Dallas’ offense after having Ben DiNucci and Garrett Gilbert start the last couple of games. Dalton’s return from a concussion should provide a bigger threat in the passing game and open up running lanes for Ezekiel Elliott, who has struggled to find consistency without Prescott.
Washington’s offense will be led by Alex Smith, who is a strong candidate for comeback player of the year after returning from a broken leg injury suffered back in 2018. Washington has looked much better since Smith’s return and picked up a win last week over the Bengals.
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(All times Eastern.)
Cowboys vs. Washington score
Cowboys vs. Washington live updates, highlights from Thanksgiving game
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7:08 p.m. — END OF 3Q: Washington 20, Cowboys 16. Dallas has it, second and 5 at its 17-yard line to start the fourth quarter.
7:07 p.m. — Washington punts. That’s the first punt for Tress Way since Washington’s first possession. Dallas takes over at its 12-yard line with 31 seconds left in the third quarter.
7:00 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, COWBOYS. Lamb bobbles the ball in the end zone and can’t quite hang on, so Dallas has to settle for a 28-yard field goal from Zuerlein to make it 20-16 with 2:32 left in the third quarter.
6:57 p.m. — INTERCEPTION. Alex Smith panicks under pressure on third down and tries to dump it off, but didn’t see Jaylon Smith drop in coverage and he runs it down all the way to the Washington 4-yard line, 4:06 remaining in the third quarter.
6:47 p.m. — Cowboys punt. Dalton is sacked on third down and Washington takes over at its 5-yard line after a hold on the punt return, 7:42 left in the third quarter.
6:40 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, WASHINGTON. Dustin Hopkins hits from 36 yards to extend Washington’s lead to 20-13 with 10:48 remaining in the third quarter.
6:30 p.m. — FUMBLE. Ezekiel Elliott coughs it up on the second play of the half and Washington takes over at the Dallas 33-yard line, 14:22 left in the third quarter.
6:07 p.m. — HALF: Washington 17, Cowboys 13.
6:05 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, COWBOYS. Once again, Dallas moves the ball well but stalls out in the red zone. Zuerlein hits from 32 yards to cut Washington’s lead to 17-13 with 19 seconds remaining in the first half.
5:51 p.m. — 2-Minute Warning. Dallas has it, first and 10 at its 41-yard line.
5:47 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, WASHINGTON. Thomas hauls in a 5-yard catch in the end zone and Washington retakes the lead, 17-10 with 2:26 remaining in the half.
5:42 p.m. — TURNOVER ON DOWNS. Cowboys go for it on fourth and 1 from their 34-yard line and CeeDee Lamb can’t quite haul in Dalton’s. Add in an unneccessary roughness penalty on Dallas and Washington takes over at the Dallas 19-yard line, 5:22 left in the second quarter.
5:34 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, WASHINGTON. Washington gets all the way down to the goal line but can’t get it in the end zone and has to settle for a 23-yard chip shot from Dustin Hopkins. That ties the game at 10-10 with 7:13 left to play in the first half.
5:19 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, COWBOYS. Andy Dalton goes over the top and hits Amari Cooper in stride for a 54-yard bomb. Dallas leads 10-7 with 14:08 left in the second quarter.
5:15 p.m. — END OF 1Q: Washington 7, Cowboys 3. Dallas has it, third and 1 at its 44-yard line to start the second quarter.
5:09 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, WASHINGTON. Antonio Gibson runs it in from 5 yards out to give Washington a 7-3 lead, 1:37 remaining in the first quarter.
Washington tight end Logan Thomas, a former QB at Virginia Tech, showed off his arm earlier in the drive for a 28-yard gain on this trick play.
4:55 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, COWBOYS. Decent first drive for Dallas and Greg Zuerlein hits a 33-yard field goal to give them a 3-0 lead with 8:30 left in the first quarter. Could be bad news for the Cowboys though as both starting tackles Russell Martin and Cameron Erving were hurt on the drive.
4:40 p.m. — Washington goes three-and-out. Randy Gregory sacks Smith on third down and the Cowboys get the ball at their 28-yard line for their first possession.
4:35 p.m. — Cowboys win the toss and elect to defer, so Alex Smith will lead Washington out for the opening drive.
4:28 p.m. — Touching moment as the Cowboys gather to honor strength and conditioning coach Markus Paul, who passed away yesterday. Players are wearing “MP” stickers on their helmets.
Cowboys vs. Washington start time
- Date: Thursday, Nov. 26
- Kickoff time: 4:30 p.m. ET
NFL Week 12 schedule
Below is the complete schedule for Week 10 of the 2020 NFL season.
Thursday, Nov. 26
|Game||Time (ET)||TV channel|
|Texans at Lions||12:30 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|WFT at Cowboys||4:30 p.m.||Fox, fuboTV|
Sunday, Nov. 29
|Game||Time (ET)||TV channel|
|Cardinals at Patriots||1 p.m.||Fox, fuboTV|
|Panthers at Vikings||1 p.m.||Fox, fuboTV|
|Giants at Bengals||1 p.m.||Fox, fuboTV|
|Dolphins at Jets||1 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|Browns at Jaguars||1 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|Titans at Colts||1 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|Chargers at Bills||1 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|Raiders at Falcons||1 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|Ravens at Steelers||1:15 p.m.||NBC, fuboTV|
|49ers at Rams||4:05 p.m.||Fox, fuboTV|
|Saints at Broncos||4:05 p.m.||Fox, fuboTV|
|Chiefs at Buccaneers||4:25 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|Bears at Packers||8:20 p.m.||NBC, fuboTV|
Monday, Nov. 30
|Game||Time (ET)||TV channel|
|Seahawks at Eagles||8:15 p.m.||ESPN, fuboTV|