10 historical facts about the Cowboys’ loss to the Washington Football Team in Week 16

There was a reason the Dallas Cowboys entered their rematch against the Washington Football Team as big favorites to move to 11-4 this season, but no one could have predicted the crime scene. left at AT&T Stadium in Week 16. After desperately searching for their mojo for nearly two months, Dak Prescott and the offense finally woke up to match serve with an electric defense, and special teams also joined the scrimmage in a 56-14 dismantling of WFT that sent a very clear message to both the NFC East and the NFL as a whole: the Cowboys are still one of the most dangerous teams in the league when shooting at full throttle.

It was a jaw-dropping three-phase effort for Dallas, which saw Prescott rack up four touchdowns and over 300 passing yards in the first half alone, and the first two quarters also saw the defense grab. two interceptions – including one early in the game. takeaways from Trevon Diggs on Washington’s first scrimmage play and a pick-six from DeMarcus Lawrence — plus three sacks.

The wheels continued to fall for Taylor Heinicke and Co. in the second half, and even substitute Cooper Rush got in on the action when he threw a touchdown pass to Malik Turner. All in all, it wasn’t just a dominating performance from the Cowboys, in many ways it was the most dominating they’ve ever had against Washington.

Here’s a look at the 10 highlights of the Arlington explosion:

1. Largest point differential in rivalry history (42)

2. WFT’s second biggest loss in the last 60 years

3. Lawrence’s pick six marks fifth-most for Cowboys in 2021, most in franchise history

4. Diggs’ interception ties him to Everson Walls for most in a season in franchise history

5. Diggs is one of seven players since the merger to record 11 interceptions

6. Four different WR Cowboys with 50+ yards in one half for the first time in franchise history

7. Prescott becomes the first QB to throw a TD to RB, TE, WR and OL in a regular season game

8. First time in Cowboys history, OL and DL produced a touchdown

9. Four touchdowns by Prescott in the first half, most in franchise history

10. The Cowboys’ 42 points before halftime tied for most first-half productions in franchise history

There was no complacency at the Cowboys in Week 16, even after clinching the NFC East title before kickoff, thanks to the strength of the tiebreaker in the win over the falling Philadelphia Eagles. on their way. A loss to Washington would have dropped them to No. 4 in the NFC playoffs, but they instead remain in the No. 2 seat with two games to go and a very real chance to steal the No. 1 seed — if the Green Bay Packers suffer a loss in the final two weeks of the regular season.

It was a complete Cowboys game and they looked deadlier than they’ve been all season, seemingly peaking at the right time. All they need to do now is establish consistency before the playoffs arrive, but nothing can take away from what they were able to do against Washington in their second meeting in just three weeks.

If Rivera thought his team would perform better after being beaten in Week 14, he made a ‘big mistake’.

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