Colt McCoy has had success against Cowboys

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Washington remains in first place in the NFC East, but four days from now, it faces a challenge to its throne. If Washington loses to Dallas on Thanksgiving Day, both teams will sit 6-5 with the Cowboys on a three-game winning streak and Washington on a two-game losing streak and losers of three of four.

Washington’s division hopes rest on the right arm of backup quarterback Colt McCoy after Alex Smith broke his right fibula and tibia against Houston on Sunday.

“You pray for opportunities to get to play,” McCoy told reporters. “You never like to see how it happened today, but for me I just have to go out there and give it all I’ve got. I’ve been a starter before, had it taken away, and it’s not a good feeling. I kind of battled my way back. Been here for a while now, so hopefully I can go out there and play good ball and help our team win. We have a good team here, and they’ve got us in great shape. Alex has got us in great shape. We’ve just got to go continue to play football.”

Until replacing Smith in the second half Sunday, McCoy had played in only two games since the start of the 2015 season. Both came against Dallas. He did not throw a pass in mop-up duty in a loss to the Cowboys last season, but in 2016, he completed 7 of 11 passes for 128 yards and a touchdown in a 34-23 win over Dallas.

McCoy’s last starts came in 2014. He started four games that season and went 1-3, with his lone victory over the Cowboys. He went 25-for-30 for 299 yards with no touchdowns and an interception and ran for a touchdown in a 20-17 victory.

“This league is all about opportunity, and for me, I’ve known my role the past several years is to help our defense get better and to be prepared every week, help our starter, help our team, be a leader, be an encourager,” McCoy said. “Do the things that I can behind the scenes to be successful and I don’t think from my standpoint anything will change. I’ll just get to play now, and so I’ve got to get myself ready to go for Thanksgiving.”

McCoy gave Washington a chance for a comeback victory Sunday, leading his team to two touchdowns before another late drive gave Dustin Hopkins a shot at a 63-yard field goal to win it. McCoy, a native Texan who played at the University of Texas, went 6-of-12 for 54 yards and a touchdown against the Texans, while rushing for 35 yards on five carries.

McCoy’s success against the Cowboys likely is why Dallas had interest in signing him as a free agent in 2016.

12 responses to “Colt McCoy has had success against Cowboys

  1. What was amazing is that with McCoy in the game it was like the training wheels had been taken off the offense. Gone was the cowardly approach of do nothing with the ball that was the Alice Smith era. McCoy took charge and actually was a downfield threat.

    I loathe every minute of Alice Smith as a QB in Washington. I hope he never plays another down. The $80 million debacle.

  2. and as soon as he was gameplanned for he was shut down. he cannot play as a #1QB. he had desean jackson and pierre garcon in his last stint as a starter and was awful!!! hes kurt cousins without an arm. we need to sign an emergency qb quick and sadly the option available dont inspire confidence!!! the rigged cowboy loving nfl and the media is about to get what they want. unfair!!!

  3. Colt beat the Dallas Prancing Cheerleaders on a team with a third rate defense. We’ve already proved the defense can make the Bearded Woman Beater and Dakota look ordinary. We even beat that silvery team with a third rate washed up pretender of a QB, Alice Smith.

    Dallas better not wish for the Redskins to arrive. Colt can beat you. And our defense can treat your running back like he treats women. And we can take the QB Halloween costume off Dakota and can expose him as the fraud he truly is.

  4. lebrickie says:
    November 18, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    What was amazing is that with McCoy in the game it was like the training wheels had been taken off the offense. Gone was the cowardly approach of do nothing with the ball that was the Alice Smith era. McCoy took charge and actually was a downfield threat.

    I loathe every minute of Alice Smith as a QB in Washington. I hope he never plays another down. The $80 million debacle.

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    Man,that’s cold.

  5. @lebrickie you wanna factor the refs into your boasting or we just gonna pretend that snap infraction “penalty” didn’t happen? As if no long snapper/center has ever legally adjusted the ball at the line before. Btw Dallas has won 11 of the last 17 going back to 2010. I can go back further for you but it’s only gonna get worse

  6. As a fan of football in general,I would like to see McCoy do well as the next man up,but I feel awful for Alex Smith. He’s had to deal with a lot of people thinking he’s not good enough,but today…well, how could anyone not wish the best for him in his recovery? Not just for football,but in life? What happened to him was just brutal.

  7. I’m looking forward to the Thanksgiving matchup. Colt McCoy was always scrappy and go-for-it in his opportunities, often on lousy teams.

    I root against Dallas ANYWAY but this is a whole new reason haha.

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