The Washington football team ended a five-game losing streak, defeating the Dallas Cowboys 25-3 on Sunday. The win gave Washington two wins for the 2020 season in the NFL, but at 2-5 it’s only half a game ahead of the NFC East.
The Philadelphia Eagles lead the division 2-4-1. The Cowboys dropped to 2-5 after losing their second in a row after quarterback Duck Prescott fell with a broken ankle. And on Sunday, backup Andy Dalton was kicked out of the game.
The Washington game began in line with NFC East fashion. Washington lost a video pass, then crammed into fourth place in the Dallas line with 1
But the position on the field worked in Washington’s favor when Landon Collins made Dalton suffer a safe blitz. Although Daulton Schultz restored the cowboys ‘loose football, it was overcome by Collins’ former Alabama teammate, Washington in defense of Jonathan Allen, for safety and first points in Allen’s game and career.
Washington has more alumni in Alabama than any other NFL team, and four former Crimson Tide winners started for Washington on Sunday.
But there may be a less former Alabama star in Washington to move forward. Collins was injured in the second quarter on Sunday and was taken to the locker room. Washington has not offered an official word on Collins’ condition after the game, but news reports say he has suffered an Achilles tendon injury that could end the season.
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Collins made four decisions before leaving the field. Alan had two decisions in the game.
Washington has an open date for week 8 and returns to the field against another NFC East rival, the New York Giants, on November 8. The Giants have a record of 1-6 and play at the Tampa Bay Bookachers in the 8th week game on Monday night. The Cowboys play Philadelphia in Sunday’s game next week, so when Washington returns, they will still be half a game away from the first in the division or 1.5 games behind.
Alan and Collins were among the 38 former Alabama players who took to the field on the seventh Sunday of the 101st season of the NFL.
Seven other former Alabama players were in the Dallas-Washington game:
· Washington’s defensive Ryan Anderson (Daphne) fought a battle.
· Wide cowboy receiver Amari Cooper caught seven passes for 80 yards. Cooper had started every game he had played in since the start of the 2018 season. But he was not on the field for Dallas’ first click on Sunday as the Cowboys opened with a triple formation with Noah Brown as the wide receiver.
· Trevon Diggs launches in the corner for Cowboys. Diggs made two games and broke two assists.
· Washington successor Robert Foster was identified as inactive on game day. Last week, Washington signed Foster from the Green Bay Packers coaching team and is still clearing the COVID-19 requirements for joining the team.
· Washington backback Sean Dion Hamilton (Carver-Montgomery) played but did not record any statistics.
· Daron Payne (Shades Valley) began fighting for Washington. Payne made a splice.
· Cam Sims launches in a wide receiver for Washington. Sims caught a 22-yard pass in his second NFL start.
In the other Sunday matches:
Detroit Lions 23, Atlanta Sokols 22
· James Carpenter started in the Falcons’ left guard.
· Lions defensive commander Da’Shawn Hand fought four battles and was forced to endure.
· Julio Jones (Foley) starts in a wide receiver for the Falcons. Jones caught eight passes for 97 yards.
· Reggie Ragland (Bob Jones) starts as a backback for the Lions. Ragland made four games, including one behind the line, in his first start of the season.
· Calvin Ridley started in a wide receiver for the Falcons. Ridley caught five passes for 69 yards and a touchdown. Ridley scored a 4-yard reception when Atlanta took a 14-7 lead with 29 seconds left in the first half. But Detroit received a 50-yard goal on the field in the final click in the first half. Ridley caught a 2-point conversion pass after Falcons’ TD with 64 seconds into the game, while Atlanta took a 22-16 lead. But Detroit scored a touchdown at the last minute of the game.
· Lions running backwards, Bo Scarbro (Northridge) has been identified as an inactive day of the game. Scarbrough came out of injury reserve on Saturday.
Cleveland Browns 37, Cincinnati Bengals 34
· Bengali cornerback Tony Brown played but did not record any statistics.
· Ronnie Harrison started safe for the browns. Harrison led Cleveland in nine battles. He also recorded his first sack of the season, broke a pass and restored the pope. Harrison’s recovery came on the 33-yard line in Cincinnati and put a goal on the field for the Browns’ first points in the game with 1:21 left in the first quarter.
· Jonah Williams started a left offensive splice for the Bengalis. Williams left the game due to a neck injury and did not return.
· Jedric Wills starts offensively for the Browns from the left.
· Mack Wilson (Carver-Montgomery) launches in Browns’ side lifeback. Wilson made four games and interrupted a pass.
Green Bay Packers 35, Houston Texas 20
· Texas quarterback AJ McCarron (Bishop of St. Paul) did not play.
· Packers player JK Scott averaged 51.8 yards on four shots and blocked the shot for the second time in his career. Scott had a 62-yard kick, returned 19 yards to the 40-yard line in Houston (but moved back to the 16-yard for a penalty), 47-yard, dropped to a 2-yard line in Houston, 57-yard returned 14 yards to Houston 33 and 41 yards to a fair catch at Houston 38. The blocked punt gave the Texans football at Green Bay 22 and resulted in a goal for the fourth quarter on the field.
Buffalo Bills 18, New York Jets 10
· Quinnen Williams (Wenonah) starts at the defensive end of the Jets. Williams made four games, recorded one sack and recorded three quarterback goals. This season, Williams has three bags, exceeding 2.5, which he had as a rookie last year.
· Accounts that go back TJ Yeldon (Daphne) is defined as an inactive game day.
Pittsburgh Steelers 27, Tennessee Titans 24
· It was an obvious ambition of Steelers Isaiah Buggs to use their ability at attacking on the flanks.
· Rashaan Evans (Auburn High) starts from the inside of the Titans’ defender. Evans made five games and interrupted a pass.
· Minkah Fitzpatrick started with free safety for Steelers. Fitzpatrick made five games when Pittsburgh became the only undefeated team in the NFL, giving Tennessee their first loss of the season.
· Steelers Center JC Hassenauer plays but does not record any statistics.
· Derrick Henry started running for the Titans. Henry ran for 75 yards and a touchdown in 20 runs and caught two passes for minus 3 yards. Henry scored the last landing of the game in a 1-yard run with 10:13 to play.
Los Angeles Chargers 39, Jacksonville Jaguars 29
· The long-charged Cole Mazza handler handles the clicks of four kicks, four shots with extra points and three goal attempts in the field.
· Damion Square nose chargers made three accessories, including his first bag of the 2018 season.
· Kam Robinson started a left offensive splice for the Jaguars.
San Francisco 49ers 33, New England Patriots 6
· Damien Harris started running for the Patriots. Harris ran for 58 yards on 10 cars and caught a 12-yard pass.
· Anfernee Jennings (Dadeville) starts in the Patriots backpack. Jennings fought six battles. He entered the game with five in his NFL career.
· Forty-Niners safety Jared Maiden played, but did not record any statistics in his NFL debut. Maiden spent the season on the San Francisco training team and was put on the active roster on Saturday.
Kansas City Chefs 43, Denver Broncos 16
· Kareem Jackson started with a strong safety for the Broncos. Jackson made two games in the NFL’s first snow game this season.
· Jerry Judy started in a wide receiver for the Broncos. Jeudy caught two passes for 20 yards.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 45, Las Vegas Raiders 20
· Josh Jacobs began to return to the Raiders. Jacobs ran for 17 yards on 10 noses and caught three passes for 14 yards. In Jacobs’ previous 18 NFL games, his low career has been 34 yards.
· Henry Rugs III (Lee-Montgomery) started in a wide successor for the Raiders. Rugs caught two passes for 35 yards and had a 10-yard run.
Arizona Cardinals 37, Seattle Seahawks 34 (OT)
· Kenyan Drake began to flee for the Cardinals. Drake ran for 34 yards on 14 cars and caught a 7-yard pass. Drake was taken by cart to the locker room in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury and did not return to the game.
· Dre Kirkpatrick (Gadsden City) starts in a cornerback for the Cardinals. Kirkpatrick made 10 games and interrupted a pass. Kirkpatrick completed his one-off wrestling game, established when he was 10 against the Cardinals, while playing for the Cincinnati Bengals on November 29, 2015.
· Jaran Reed started in defensive gear for the Seahawks. Reed made three gadgets.
· Deionte Thompson started on safety for the Cardinals. Thompson made three games and registered a quarterback hit.
Week 7 began with the Philadelphia Eagles’ 22-21 win over the New York Giants on Thursday night.
Week 7 ends Monday when the Chicago Bears visit the Los Angeles Rams at 7:15 p.m. ESPN will broadcast the game’s television.
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