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Week 17 Game Recap: Washington Redskins 16, Dallas Cowboys 47

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Washington Redskins

This entire offseason should revolve around bringing in the appropriate coach to develop Dwayne Haskins and accumulating more talent on both sides of the ball. They may need to look at the running back position closely as well considering the guy theyÕre high on struggles with durability. As a team that constantly gets in itÕs own way of prosperity, this will be a huge offseason to make positive changes. Holding the 2nd pick it seems they will take the best pass rusher in the draft which should help and possibly shape up a formidable defensive line. Montez Sweat, DaRon Payne, and Chase Young would be a great nucleus. The draft is loaded with receiver talent as well so Washington prioritize this position as well.

Dallas Cowboys

Dallas cruised to the divisional win over Washington to close the season, but did not get help from the Eagles as the Cowboys will be watching the NFL postseason in 2019. Dak Prescott was sharp in the passing game and the run game surged to more than 200 yards as a team in the blowout win. Michael Gallup had another highlight game as the standout riser in his second season with three touchdowns on a variety of receptions. Jason Witten had a muted game with his 2020 status up in the air.

Washington Redskins

QB Case Keenum, 62 offensive snaps, Pass: 18 - 37 - 206 - 1 TD / 1 INT
Case Keenum didnÕt play particularly well but was also playing with backups at several key positions. His top receiver was out along with a couple of injured linemen. The interception on their first possession almost set the tone for what was to come in this game. Case put up a fight in the first half as he led the team to ten points on offense. He threw a short touchdown in the redzone in the 2nd quarter that kept the score relatively close going into halftime. However, the 2nd half was abysmal for the entire Washington offense. Many of their drives ended with a punt due to penalties and bad execution. CaseÕs completion percentage was just below 50% and he only managed two field goals in the second half. It was a fitting end to a season full of poor play and turmoil.

RB Adrian Peterson, 28 offensive snaps, Rush: 13 - 78 - 0, Rec: 1 - 0 - 0 (4 targets)
Adrian Peterson had a solid game considering the Redskins were down the entire game. He had thirteen carries and averaged over six yard per carry. He would have had a larger impact in this game running the football but due to the increasing deficit his opportunities were limited. Adrian also had a fumble early in this game that contributed to the deficit. He has had a small issue with fumbles this season and it continued in todayÕs game. It will be interesting to see if Washington brings Adrian back for another season as it seems he is their most reliable running back.

RB Chris Thompson, 30 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 11 - 0, Rec: 1 - 0 - 0 (3 targets)
Chris Thompson had four combined touches in this game. It has been tough for Chris to establish himself in the offense this year as they havenÕt been as pass heavy as yearÕs prior. He has also dealt with more injuries. He didnÕt have much of an impact in this game even with the negative game script and the need to pass more.

RB Wendell Smallwood, 4 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 5 - 0
Wendell Smallwood played a minimal role in this game as he only received three carries for five yards. He is only active for depth purposes and doesnÕt have a definitive role in the Washington offense.

WR Steven Sims, 39 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - -6 - 0, Rec: 5 - 81 - 1 (8 targets)
Steven Sims led Washington in receiving and targets. He had an expanded role in this game with Terry McLaurin inactive. He hauled in five of his eight targets with one of them going for a touchdown. His touchdown was a great route in the red zone to get separation from the defensive back and secure the catch. The offense fell off a cliff in the second half otherwise this could have been a bigger game for Steven. He played well down the stretch late this season and he may have made a strong case to be a larger part of WashingtonÕs plans offensively.

WR Kelvin Harmon, 56 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 33 - 0 (5 targets)
Kelvin Harmon had three catches on five targets against the Cowboys. Kelvin demonstrated that he has potential as a piece of the receiving core. But his speed and ability to separate in coverage exposes inconsistencies in his game that needs work. He does a decent job at making contested catches but as a fourth or fifth option in the passing game his opportunities will be rare.

WR Cam Sims, 39 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 12 - 0 (2 targets)
Cam Sims was promoted from the practice squad and was active for todayÕs game. He managed one catch for twelve yards but wasnÕt much of a factor.

TE Hale Hentges, 32 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 62 - 0 (7 targets)
Hale Hentges had an opportunity to play a larger role versus Dallas and made the most of it. He was second on the team in catches and targets. He tallied four receptions with three of them coming in the second half as the game was out of hand. Hale benefitted from injuries and inactive receivers to get a shot at a full-time role. It is highly likely he wonÕt be a main contributor.

TE Jeremy Sprinkle, 42 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 18 - 0 (6 targets)
Jeremy Sprinkle had three catches on six targets against Dallas. He didnÕt manage more than twenty yards and had a minimal impact on todayÕs game. As the third string tight end forced into a full time role, he has struggled to become a consistent factor.

Dallas Cowboys

QB Dak Prescott, 75 offensive snaps, Pass: 23 - 33 - 303 - 4 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 35 - 0
Prescott capped his season with a strong performance in the blowout win over Washington. Prescott lost a fumble in the pocket, but it was his lone negative blip in a spotless performance. Prescott delivered a 48-yard strike to Amari Cooper downfield as well as a goal line high-point touchdown to Michael Gallup. Prescott also found Ezekiel Elliott rolling left in the red zone for another score. Prescott was back to his impactful ways as a rusher as well with three third-down scrambles, including a powerful stiff for more than 20 yards on his highlight run.

RB Ezekiel Elliott, 51 offensive snaps, Rush: 18 - 122 - 1, Rec: 3 - 2 - 1 (5 targets)
Elliott had a slow start against Washington but surged to a multiple-touchdown game as the offense rolled over the final three quarters. Elliott found the end zone through the air as Dak Prescott rolled left in the red zone and broke a tackle to the perimeter for 30+ yards and as score for his highlight run. Elliott did have a drop and ceded time to Tony Pollard late in the blowout win to prevent an even bigger performance.

RB Tony Pollard, 27 offensive snaps, Rush: 14 - 60 - 0, Rec: 1 - 5 - 0 (2 targets)
Pollard was held in check with his early-game playing time against Washington before springing to life as the game was well in hand late. Pollard collected much of the snaps in the fourth quarter, including showing quality burst to the outside for 10 yards and a collected of other solid runs. Pollard is one of the highest upside backups in the NFL who did not benefit from an Ezekiel Elliott injury all season and likely to return to a similar role in 2020.

WR Michael Gallup, 61 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 98 - 3 (7 targets)
Gallup’s impressive second season was capped by a three-touchdown highlight-laden performance against Washington. Gallup dropped a wide-open crossing route on third down but rebounded with three scores, all on different types of plays. Gallup had a monster high-point grab at the goal line, broke a tackle on a crossing route before taking it to the house, and finally exploited no safety help for a long touchdown to cap his impressive day.

WR Amari Cooper, 62 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 6 - 0, Rec: 4 - 92 - 0 (5 targets)
Cooper saw a mere five targets as Michal Gallup stole the show in Dallas’ blowout win over Washington. More than half of Cooper’s production came on a single 48-yard bomb where Cooper had a highlight reel high-point in coverage. Cooper added a yards-after-the-catch-centric reception for more than 20 yards and another comeback reception of his contributions. Cooper did have a drop and Michael Gallup’s strong Year 2 progression could be a limitation for Cooper’s upside next season, assuming Cooper and Dallas work out a new contract.

WR Randall Cobb, 46 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 81 - 0 (6 targets)
Cobb had one of his better games of the season on the back of three chunk gains against Washington. Cobb had yards-after-the-catch on all three receptions, including a wide-open deep out for more than 30 yards. Cobb took a backseat to Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup in 2019 but rebounded from a sluggish recent stretch of his career to remain on the NFL radar for 2020.

TE Jason Witten, 49 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 24 - 0 (4 targets)
Witten did not play in the fourth quarter of the blowout win over Washington and had a muted role overall to close the season. Witten had a contested reception of note, but was firmly held in check as Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and Randall Cobb dominated Dallas’ passing game. Witten’s 2020 status is a question mark entering the offseason.