Postgame reading

A dismal performance by the Redskins against the Cowboys has all but extinguished their playoff hopes for the 2017.

Turnovers and an inability to stop the run in the second half doomed Washington against a Dallas team that has struggled mightily to put points on the board since start running back Ezekiel Elliott began his six-game suspension three weeks ago.

Here’s the latest reporting and analysis from The Post’s reporters in Arlington.

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Game analysis

Final: Cowboys 38, Redskins 14

The Dallas Cowboys decisively defeated the turnover-prone Redskins to improve their record to 6-6 and pull ahead of Washington in the playoff race. Realistically, the loss likely ends any postseason hopes for Washington, now 5-7, who trail the Cowboys, Packers, Lions, Seahawks, Falcons and Panthers for the two NFC wild-card spots.

McCoy in for Cousins

Kirk Cousins didn’t finish a dismal game in Dallas as Colt McCoy came on to quarterback the final drive for Washington. Cousins, one of the few Redskins starters who has not missed time this season, took a big shot on the previous drive but remained in the game.

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Smith salts the wound | Cowboys 38, Redskins 14

After a tipped pass resulted in another Kirk Cousins interception, the Cowboys poured on seven more points with another rushing touchdown, this time by Rod Smith.

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Washington can’t stop the run as Alfred Morris scores | Cowboys 31, Redskins 14

The Redskins needed to halt the Cowboys quickly to get the ball back. Instead they watched their former RB reel off big run after big run and ultimately score on a one-yard plunge to effectively put the game out of reach. Alfred Morris now has a touchdown to go along with 127 rushing yards on the day. It’s his first 100-yard performance since he was a member of the Redskins in 2015, when he did it against the Cowboys.

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Redskins strike fast with Doctson TD | Cowboys 24, Redskins 14

Washington needed a quick strike and they got one. Josh Doctson skied in the back right side of the end zone and hauled in a Kirk Cousins pass to get the Redskins back in the game. Washington went 87 yards in just 9 plays and 3:25 to put the gap back to 10 points.

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Dez Bryant delivers | Cowboys 24, Redskins 7

Dak Prescott threw it up and Dez Bryan pulled it down for what could be a decisive blow to the Redskins. Now up by three possessions in the fourth quarter, the Cowboys can keep chewing up clock with their running game, while the Redskins need to get their offense in gear ASAP.

Redskins may have missed their chance

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Washington had an opportunity to make this a one-score game in the third quarter, but Dallas dictated the tempo and flow of the third quarter by leaning on running back Alfred Morris. He’s received some nice running lanes from the Cowboys offensive line to slow the game down.

Washington’s defense hasn’t been able to stop it, and it’s hard to see this team crawl back in this game at the moment. — Master Tesfatsion

As fourth quarter begins, Cowboys threatening

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Already a two-possession game, the Cowboys are again in the red zone. Largely held in check in the first half, the Dallas running game has gashed Washington in the second half, with Alfred Morris already over 80 yards rushing. As the Cowboys keep moving the chains, the clock keeps running and time keeps running out for the Redskins’ postseason hopes.

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A quiet third quarter so far

The Redskins have been unable to build on any momentum generated by their touchdown at the end of the first half. Two drives have produced no points thus far, with just over 20 minutes remaining in a game Washington has to have to realistically keep its playoff hopes alive.

Injury update

Morgan Moses remains questionable to return but is not playing on the Redskins’ first drive of the second half. The good news however is that running back Samaje Perine has cleared the concussion protocol.

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Meanwhile, Maurice Harris has been ruled out with a concussion.

It ain’t over until it’s over

The Redskins aren’t out of it. They scored a touchdown within the final minute of the first half, and they will get the ball to start the third quarter down 17-7. Dallas has fared poorly in the third quarter this season, so this game can quickly change in the next 15 minutes of play. — Master Tesfatsion

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Turnovers have clearly crippled Washington

The Dallas offense has been nothing special so far, averaging just 2.9 yards per play in the first half and just barely cracking 100 total yards (103). But the Cowboys built a 17-7 lead thanks to a punt return TD and getting three takeaways from Washington to help provide good field position — and keep Washington off the scoreboard until the final minute of the first half.

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Cousins rallies Redskins for late first-half touchdown | Cowboys 17, Redskins 7

Just when it looked like Dallas could put their foot down, another potential fumble was ruled down by contact, allowing Washington to begin a nine-play, 75-yard scoring drive that was capped by a 20-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins to Ryan Grant. The score breathed some life into a Redskins offensive unit that was averaging just 2.8 yards per play prior to that scoring drive.

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Concussion watch

Both Maurice Harris and Samaje Perine are being evaluated for potential concussions as things keep breaking bad for Washington.

A first-half disaster in Dallas

This game has quickly turned into a disaster for Washington. It has had two turnovers on offense, a turnover on special teams and now allowed a punt return for a touchdown. Tress Way out-kicked his coverage on a punt return, which Ryan Switzer returned 83 yards for a touchdown.

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What an ugly game against a team that hasn’t been playing well in the last month. — Master Tesfatsion

Dak Prescott to locker room, Cowboys don’t need him | Cowboys 17, Redskins 0

After quarterback Dak Prescott was taken to the locker room to examine his right hand, injured on the previous scoring drive, the Cowboys never even had to use his backup. Ryan Switzer returned a Redskins punt 83 yards for a touchdown, putting Washington in a serious hole, particularly considering the offense has been largely ineffective this evening.

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Redskins need to get their act together

The Redskins have as many turnovers (three) as first downs midway through the second quarter. Kirk Cousins coughed up the ball on a sack fumble on third down, which resulted in a field goal for Dallas. They’re killing themselves with turnovers and terrible field position in the first half. — Master Tesfatsion

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Cowboys convert Redskins turnover for three more points | Cowboys 10, Redskins 0

Dallas made Washington pay for its third turnover of the game, but had to settle for a field goal rather than a touchdown with just over 5:30 to play in the first half.

Bad to worse: Redskins turn ball over for third time

Kirk Cousins lost the football as he was being sacked by DeMarcus Lawrence, giving the Cowboys the ball at the Redskins’ 19-yard line.

Another game, another lineman down

Right tackle Morgan Moses went down with 10:31 left in the second quarter and could not get up, eventually getting carted off the field. It continues a dismal trend for Washington’s offensive linemen.

Prescott gets first TD throw in three weeks

As bad as the Cowboys offense has been without Ezekiel Elliott, it was able to find the end zone. Dak Prescott did not throw a touchdown pass in the previous three weeks, but he connected with Jason Witten to give Dallas a 7-0 lead in the second quarter. Washington’s offensive players were on the sideline stretching to keep warm as its defense was on the field for over six minutes. — Master Tesfatsion

Cowboys come alive, score first TD | Cowboys 7, Redskins 0

After four straight three-and-outs to start the game, the Cowboys finally got their offense in gear and scored on an 8-yard touchdown pass from Dak Prescott to Jason Witten.

Another ugly game early

If you thought last Thursday’s game against the New York Giants was tough to watch, this one isn’t any better. We have six punts and an interception on the first seven drives during a scoreless first quarter. The Cowboys offense stinks, meanwhile Jamison Crowder has created to giveaways on offense and special teams to kill any momentum Washington attempted to build in the opening quarter. No wonder the stands are pretty empty. — Master Tesfatsion

Crowder’s hands hurt Washington again

After a dropped pass by Jamison Crowder resulted in an interception the Cowboys were forced to punt. That’s when Crowder fumbled the punt return to give the ball back to Dallas at the Washington 43-yard line.

The Redskins defense bailed him out again, however, forcing its fourth straight three-and-out to start the game.

Drops hurt Redskins again

Just as it looked like the Redskins were destined to score the first points of the game, a rifled throw from Kirk Cousins glanced off the hands of Jamison Crowder and into those of Dallas safety Jeff Heath.

Dropped passes have killed Washington’s offense at times this season. So far, it has two against the Cowboys.

It’s a costly turnover on what was otherwise a nice drive for the Redskins. — Master Tesfatsion

Washington defense looking good

The Redskins defense has forced two three-and-outs to start the game. It has done a great job stopping the run to force passing downs, giving Washington the opportunity to bring pressure at quarterback Dak Prescott. Rookie Josh Harvey-Clemons recorded his first career sack on the Cowboy’s second third down play as Washington’s defensive line and outside linebackers quickly collapsed the pocket. — Master Testfatsion

Redskins defense starts strong while Cowboys sputter

The Cowboys offense has scuffled without Ezekiel Elliott and it doesn’t look much improved so far against the Redskins.

Washington forced two three-and-outs to start the game, earning some great field position for its second drive of the game, starting inside Dallas territory.

Swearinger gives tribute to Sean Taylor with cleats

This week is the NFL’s “My Cause, My Cleats” week, allowing players the chance to wear custom cleats to honor their charitable causes. D.J. Swearinger’s sweet shoes pay tribute to former Redskins safety Sean Taylor, killed 10 years ago this past Monday.

What a rush

The Redskins will be wearing their “Color Rush” uniforms tonight, meaning they will be clad from head to toe in burgundy. You can read more here from Dan Steinberg.

Hope you like burgundy.


Injury report and inactives

The Redskins have already ruled out tight end Jordan Reed, as well as center Chase Roullier, safety Montae Nicholson and defensive lineman Terrell McClain.

The big news is that Trent Williams is active and will start after missing last Thursday’s game against the New York Giants. With Williams back at left tackle, Washington is pushing Ty Nsekhe over to left guard, where he will start in place of Arie Kouandjio.

Meanwhile the Cowboys have made linebacker Sean Lee inactive, a key piece in a struggling defensive unit.

Washington Redskins (5-6) at Dallas Cowboys (5-6)
Kickoff: 8:25 p.m. ET, AT&T Stadium
TV: NBC
Radio: 980 AM; 92.7 and 94.3 FM
SiriusXM: SIRI 81 or 83, Internet 831
Streaming:  NFL MobileReddit NFL streaming thread
Line: Redskins by 2, o/u 47
Box score: Updates every 60 seconds here
Redskins roster | Depth chart | Injury report
Cowboys roster | Depth chart | Injury report