Cowboys flip the script in blowout of Washington: 5 things to know

The Cowboys bounced back in a big way Thursday night against division rival Washington, taking just three quarters to surpass their point total from the previous three games combined.

Five things to know about the Cowboys' 38-14 win over the Redskins:

Dak Prescott bounces back

After going three consecutive games without a touchdown during the Cowboys’ losing skid, Prescott found Jason Witten in the endzone for an eight-yard score in the second quarter, the first points of the night.

He later hit Dez Bryant for a 13-yard score, making Dez the Cowboys’ all-time leader in receiving TDs.

Dak survived an injury scare in the second quarter, returning to the field after going to the locker room with an apparent hand injury. Redskins linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons’ helmet crushed Prescott’s throwing hand on an option pitch with 8:51 to play in the first half. X-rays came back negative on Prescott’s hand.

Young secondary coming up big

Rookie Chidobe Awuzie, earning his first start of the season after battling a hamstring injury all year, broke up the first three passes thrown his way Thursday night. He was sidelined in the second half to get stretched out, according to ESPN’s Todd Archer, and replaced by Jourdan Lewis.

Safety Kavon Frazier blew up multiple Washington plays in the game, and started the second half with the starting units.

Second-year player Anthony Brown put the game on ice with 4:16 to play with an interception on a deflected pass on fourth-and-10.

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Pass rush

DeMarcus Lawrence, David Irving and Taco Charlton all recorded sacks in the game. Lawrence and Charlton each forced a fumble on Redskins QB Kirk Cousins, but only Lawrence’s led to a Cowboys recovery. Charlton’s sack was just his second of the year.

David Irving blasted Cousins in the fourth quarter for his seventh sack. Lawrence’s two sacks in the game vaulted him back into the lead among all NFL players with 13.5.

Second half

After being blanked 36-0 in the third quarter over their last three games, the Cowboys held the Redskins to just 52 third-quarter yards and forced two punts in the frame.

Dallas surrendered one fourth-quarter touchdown. They had been outscored 36-6 in the fourth quarter during the three-game losing streak.

Ryan Switzer

The rookie speedster took a Tress Way punt 83 yards to the house in the second quarter to put Dallas up 17-0. It was his first touchdown as a pro, on his 19th punt return of the season.

Oddly enough, Cole Beasley, who was the returner on the first Washington punt of the game, also caught the final two punts of the night after Switzer’s touchdown. Beasley called for a fair catch on each of his three punt return opportunities.

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