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Alfred Morris returns to Washington with game-winning TD

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 18: Running back Alfred Morris #46 of the Dallas Cowboys scores a fourth quarter touchdown against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 18, 2016 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) Getty Images

Alfred Morris spent the first four years of his career with the Redskins, but they didn’t show much interest in holding onto him as a free agent.

That decision came back to hurt them on Sunday. Morris scored from four yards out late in the fourth quarter and the Cowboys held off the Redskins for a 27-23 win that moves their record to 1-1 on the young season.

Morris’ score came at the end of an 11-play, 80-yard drive that started after safety Barry Church intercepted Kirk Cousins in the end zone. Cousins had fired incomplete on the previous two plays, continuing a second-half trend of wasted chances to create separation from the Cowboys.

The Redskins got prime field position after an unsuccessful Dallas onside kick and an Ezekiel Elliott fumble before moving into the red zone on a 57-yard catch by rookie Josh Doctson, but got just six points out of those three drives. Cousins finished the day 28-of-45 for 364 yards, but those missed chances (and a better throw to Doctson probably would have meant a touchdown) will loom larger than any rosy numbers.

Dak Prescott was 22-of-30 for 292 yards and had a six-yard touchdown run in a solid second outing at the helm of the Cowboys offense. He had a better connection with Dez Bryant than he enjoyed in the opener with seven hookups for 102 yards. Many came when Bryant was covered by players other than Josh Norman, although the Redskins did move Norman around the field at points to contend with the Cowboys star.

One of those times saw Norman commit a costly illegal hands to the face penalty that gave the Cowboys a first down on the way to Morris’ touchdown that sent them to a second-straight home defeat to open the season.

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41 Responses to “Alfred Morris returns to Washington with game-winning TD”
  1. logicalvoicesays says: Sep 18, 2016 4:17 PM

    Plain and simple as I have said for YEARS. Kirk Cousins is not a winner in this league and the day Robert Griffin was released was the day this franchise took 10 steps back and Jay Gruden and his staff signed their fate. I want them GONE GONE GONE. The Redskins gave away two games this season because Kirk Cousins melts into the soft ice cream he is in crunch time. We made the mistakes. Robert Griffin never would have gotten injured in Washington and wins both these games. Period. That is all.

  2. abninf says: Sep 18, 2016 4:17 PM

    Cowboys at Redskins

    MDS’s take: The loser of this game is in a world of hurt in the NFC East race. I think that loser will be the Cowboys, who simply can’t find a way to win without Tony Romo: In their last 37 games they’re 17-5 with Romo and 1-14 without him.

    MDS’s pick: Redskins 17, Cowboys 14.

    Florio’s take: Washington is reeling after a home loss to the Steelers on a big stage. They now get a crack at a team they need to beat in order to have a realistic chance to win the division.

    Florio’s pick: Redskins 20, Cowboys 17.

    Bwahahahahaha

  3. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Sep 18, 2016 4:18 PM

    I wanted to get into this game but the Dez and Norman love fest zoned me out !

  4. KIR says: Sep 18, 2016 4:19 PM

    This is RGIII’s fault!

  5. jerrysglassescleaner says: Sep 18, 2016 4:21 PM

    Make him our starter already! – A cowboys fan who threw his beer when we didn’t take Ramsay.

  6. demskinsbaby says: Sep 18, 2016 4:22 PM

    RG3s injurys were going to always happen. He sucks as a QB. Cousins isn’t the answer either but most of the blame goes to Joe Barry. Get him the hell out of DC and we might have half a dam chance!!!

  7. realfootballfan says: Sep 18, 2016 4:27 PM

    Morris’ score came at the end of an 11-play, 80-yard drive that started after safety Barry Church intercepted Kirk Cousins in the end zone. Cousins had fired incomplete on the previous two plays,
    —-
    Hmmm, you don’t say. I never have heard of this happening.

  8. a1b24312 says: Sep 18, 2016 4:30 PM

    How’s that defense workin’ for ya?

    Signed, J. Haslett

  9. a1b24312 says: Sep 18, 2016 4:32 PM

    logicalvoicesays is one of these: The Danny, The Vinny, or RGIII himself.

  10. baddawg02 says: Sep 18, 2016 4:33 PM

    Rg3 couldn’t even get a win for Cleveland . He would have received a career ending injury if he had played for the Redskins last week. Too fragile.On injured reserve now with the Browns . Yeah logical he would have won both games.just face it, Washington is a dumpster fire.

  11. duncanthecat says: Sep 18, 2016 4:33 PM

    Congrats Alfred! As a Reskins’ fan I will always wish you well.

    A true class act.

    GOD bless and much success.

    Otherwise, folks both these teams continue to be continued works in progress.

  12. sportoficionado says: Sep 18, 2016 4:38 PM

    ooohhh that feels good. I would like to thank Cousins for doing Cousins things and Dak for making him pay. Go Cowboys!

  13. goskins7244 says: Sep 18, 2016 4:46 PM

    Kirk is softer than a denebian slime devil or even a regulan blood worm. The one thing you cannot say about RG3 is that he is soft.

  14. thegenghiskahn88 says: Sep 18, 2016 4:50 PM

    This game made my stomach turn… with that said, Go Cowboys!

  15. cboys4life2014 says: Sep 18, 2016 4:50 PM

    I’m obviously not a skins fan but I’ve been a Kirk Cousins fan from the start, and I don’t mean that in a sarcastic if he sucks for y’all he’s good for us kinda way, I’ve always liked him. Sad he can’t seem to get out of his own way though. When he’s hot he’s hot but as soon as the train gets derailed he can never regain confidence in a game and get it back on the tracks.

  16. skawh says: Sep 18, 2016 4:50 PM

    Bad KARMA for that team that doesn’t respect all people?

    Go Dallas!

  17. RoofDude says: Sep 18, 2016 4:54 PM

    logicalvoicesays says:
    Sep 18, 2016 4:17 PM

    “Boo hoo boo hoo…. wha wha wha cry cry cry boo boo wha wha….” So much for: ” Jerry Jones is going to the Gloryhole show after the Skins whoop the Boys today.”

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Love the tears of Skins fans…..LMAO

  18. crp63 says: Sep 18, 2016 4:59 PM

    When your D gives up 30 points/400 yards a game,even Brady would have trouble posting a 9-7 record….Skins offense must literally score on every single possession to have a shot to win any game.

  19. richiethegreek says: Sep 18, 2016 4:59 PM

    HAHAHA😂

  20. suncawy says: Sep 18, 2016 5:01 PM

    Cousins was hot and cold in this game. Its scary to think the Redskins are paying him close to $20 million for one season.

  21. asparatame says: Sep 18, 2016 5:01 PM

    Efficient on offense, and a little moxie on D. Dallas wins with a rookie 4th rounder at QB on the road in the division.

    Big.

  22. whiteybulgersson says: Sep 18, 2016 5:02 PM

    Kurt Cousins isn’t very good. He’s like an overpaid Case Keenum.

  23. boysroll says: Sep 18, 2016 5:07 PM

    oh illogicalvoice….lol A rookie beat your horrid team and will be 0 n 3 after the giants beat them down for sole position of last place. I told everybody that last year was a fluke and they haven’t even got to the hard part of their schedule.

    HOW BOUT THOSE COWBOYS!!!!

  24. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Sep 18, 2016 5:11 PM

    0-3 and Norman will be a big distraction !

  25. emmitt22bates40 says: Sep 18, 2016 5:30 PM

    Morris should’ve gotten 100 yards today but Garrett wasn’t sharp enough to give him the ball. Other than that, a win is a win and I’ll take it.

  26. absolutevisuals says: Sep 18, 2016 5:31 PM

    “A cowboys fan who threw his beer”

    So basically arm chair gm.

  27. demskinsbaby says: Sep 18, 2016 5:34 PM

    Gruden abandoned the run when we needed it. He always wants to throw the dayum ball. I guess a weak division last year really was the reason the Redskins won. They are not looking very competent…real talk. They let a rookie come in and beat y’all. A rookie man handled Joe Barry’s defense.

  28. dreadnok89 says: Sep 18, 2016 5:46 PM

    Why isnt morris starting over this cream puff elliot rookie. The dude is barely averaging 3 yards a carry

  29. cowboys2016 says: Sep 18, 2016 5:47 PM

    logicalvoicesays stop making excuses for your sorry team. The Redskins are pathetic plain and simple.. It doesn’t matter if they have RGIII at QB or not. The Redskins stinks. So sit back and watch your team take it’s respectful place in the NFC East. (Which is last place) You like that!!!!!!!!! How bout dem Cowboys!!!!!!!!!!! See ya’ll thanksgiving Redskins nation!!!!

  30. blackqbwhiterb says: Sep 18, 2016 5:50 PM

    1st & goal at the 6….throw 3 times….what??
    That was the endzone int…..
    4th &1 and you throw??? Those 2 drives killed the Redskins.
    Run The BALL!!! Smh

  31. famundacheese says: Sep 18, 2016 5:51 PM

    Winning without Romo is big, but who plays when Romo gets back. Dak is a nice prospect, but Trent Richardson Elliott looks a lady shady so far. This division is so bad, even while rebuilding everything chip destroyed, the Eagles will be contenders for it.

  32. vikingsdefineaverage says: Sep 18, 2016 5:59 PM

    So fun to watch after how confident that NFC east title made Skins last year. Oh great Kirk had a nice 6 game stretch and i’s being paid 20 million to choke. There wasn’t a Washington WR within 5 yards of the ball on that INT. Guy simply has shaky feet

  33. defscottyb says: Sep 18, 2016 6:09 PM

    I could of ran through that hole but good on Alfred. #HTTR

  34. defscottyb says: Sep 18, 2016 6:11 PM

    My man Logical!!!!!!

  35. vikingsdefineaverage says: Sep 18, 2016 6:19 PM

    famundacheese says:
    Sep 18, 2016 5:51 PM
    Winning without Romo is big, but who plays when Romo gets back. Dak is a nice prospect, but Trent Richardson Elliott looks a lady shady so far. This division is so bad, even while rebuilding everything chip destroyed, the Eagles will be contenders for it.
    ———-
    Does Elliott look like a hall of famer? No. He averaged 4 yards a carry today which is above the NFL average. Also is playing on a team using maybe 60% of their playbook. It’s week 2.

  36. Grulks says: Sep 18, 2016 6:32 PM

    Logicalvoicesays, you say a lot of things. Most of them hilariously full of beans.

    Remember that time, this morning when you said Washington was gonna whoop Dallas?

    I’m happy to link that comment if you need me to

  37. PriorKnowledge says: Sep 18, 2016 6:59 PM

    For an offensive coach, Jay Gruden’s offense sure does suck.

  38. defscottyb says: Sep 18, 2016 7:19 PM

    Jay Gruden’s offense doesn’t suck… Cousins isn’t making the throws.

  39. famundacheese says: Sep 18, 2016 7:35 PM

    He also had 2 fumbles and one big run. Not exactly the model of consistency. All this while having the greatest line ever assembled(wink, wink).

  40. vikingsdefineaverage says: Sep 18, 2016 8:17 PM

    famundacheese says:
    Sep 18, 2016 7:35 PM
    He also had 2 fumbles and one big run. Not exactly the model of consistency. All this while having the greatest line ever assembled(wink, wink).
    ______________________________________
    I’ll take him 10 times out of 10 over Eddie Lacy

  41. lionglass says: Sep 19, 2016 3:23 AM

    goskins7244 says:
    Sep 18, 2016 4:46 PM

    Kirk is softer than a denebian slime devil or even a regulan blood worm. The one thing you cannot say about RG3 is that he is soft.

    You’re correct, 7244: RG3 isn’t soft, he’s brittle!

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