Cowboys lose grip on NFC East after embarrassing 25-3 loss in Washington

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DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - The Dallas Cowboys suffered their second consecutive embarrassment on Sunday, following a 25-3 blowout loss to their NFC East Rivals, the Washington Football Team.

The win gives Washington its first win over the Cowboys since 2018, and just its second win in the last nine matchups between the two teams.

From the opening kickoff, Washington dominated the action on both sides of the ball, driving down the field on their opening drive the Dallas one yard line. Dallas was able to get the goal line stand, however, they were unable to take advantage, giving up a safety on the ensuing possession in what would turn out to be a microcosm of their offensive performance for the rest of the game.

The rest of the day could only be described as a disaster for Dallas, who managed just 142 yards of total offense on the day, including just 45 yards on the ground from Ezekiel Elliott. Amari Cooper was also the only Cowboys wideout who managed a catch in the game, hauling in seven passes for 80 yards.

To add insult to injury, Dallas also lost back up quarterback Andy Dalton for the game, and likely longer, after he took a nasty hit from Washington linebacker Jon Bostic while attempting to slide on a scramble. Bostic was immediately ejected from the game, and rookie seventh-round pick Ben DiNucci took over.

Dalton finished the game completing nine fo 19 passes for 75 yards and an interception.

DiNucci had no more luck than Dalton on the day, completing two of three passes for 39 yards, and taking three sacks.

Defensively, it was more of the same for Dallas, with Washington racking up nearly 400 yards of total offense, including a season and career high 128 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries for Antonio Gibson.

Kyle Allen also completed 15 of 25 passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns, including a 52-yard touchdown to Terry McLaurin. McLaurin added seven receptions for 90 yards on 11 targets for the game.

Following the debacle in Washington, the Cowboys (2-5) will be sent back to the drawing board, as they attempt to salvage their season and find a way to claw their way back to the division lead.

Their first step in that process will be against the NFC East leading Philadelphia Eagles (2-4-1), who are coming off of a 22-21 win over the New York Giants.