The Washington Football Team ended a five-game losing streak by defeating the Dallas Cowboys 25-3 on Sunday. The victory gave Washington two wins for the 2020 NFL season, but at 2-5, it’s only one-half game out of the lead in the NFC East.
The Philadelphia Eagles lead the division with a 2-4-1 record. The Cowboys dropped to 2-5 after losing their second in a row since quarterback Dak Prescott went down with a broken ankle. And on Sunday, backup Andy Dalton was knocked out of the game.
Washington’s game started in fitting NFC East fashion. Washington lost a touchdown pass to video review, then was stuffed on fourth down at the Dallas 1-yard line.
But the field position worked to Washington’s benefit when Landon Collins caused Dalton to fumble on a safety blitz. Although Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz recovered the loose football, he was tackled by a former Alabama teammate of Collins’, Washington defensive tackle Jonathan Allen, for a safety and the first points of the game and of Allen’s career.
Washington has more Alabama alumni on its roster than any other NFL team, and four former Crimson Tide standouts started for Washington on Sunday.
But Washington might have one fewer former Alabama star moving forward. Collins was injured in the second quarter on Sunday, and he was carted to the locker room. Washington offered no official word on Collins’ condition after the game, but news reports indicated he had sustained an Achilles tendon injury that could be season-ending.
Collins made four tackles before he left the field. Allen had two tackles 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 Nov. 8. The Giants have a 1-6 record and play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Week 8 Monday night game. The Cowboys play Philadelphia in next week’s Sunday night game, so when Washington returns, it still will be one-half game out of first in the division or it will be 1.5 games behind.
Allen and Collins were among the 38 former Alabama players who got on the field on the seventh Sunday of the NFL’s 101st season.
Seven other former Alabama players were at the Dallas-Washington game:
· Washington defensive end Ryan Anderson (Daphne) made one tackle.
· Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper caught seven passes for 80 yards. Cooper had started every game in which he’d played since the start of the 2018 season. But he wasn’t on the field for Dallas’ first snap on Sunday as the Cowboys opened with a three-tight-end formation with Noah Brown as the wide receiver.
· Trevon Diggs started at cornerback for the Cowboys. Diggs made two tackles and broke up two passes.
· Washington wide receiver Robert Foster was designated as a game-day inactive. Washington signed Foster off the Green Bay Packers’ practice squad last week, and he still is clearing the COVID-19 requirements needed to join the team.
· Washington linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton (Carver-Montgomery) played but did not record any stats.
· Daron Payne (Shades Valley) started at defensive tackle for Washington. Payne made one tackle.
· Cam Sims started at wide receiver for Washington. Sims caught a 22-yard pass in his second NFL start.
In the other Sunday games:
Detroit Lions 23, Atlanta Falcons 22
· James Carpenter started at left guard for the Falcons.
· Lions defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand made four tackles and forced a fumble.
· Julio Jones (Foley) started at wide receiver for the Falcons. Jones caught eight passes for 97 yards.
· Reggie Ragland (Bob Jones) started at linebacker for the Lions. Ragland made four tackles, including one behind the line of scrimmage, in his first start of the season.
· Calvin Ridley started at wide receiver for the Falcons. Ridley caught five passes for 69 yards and a touchdown. Ridley scored on a 4-yard reception as Atlanta took a 14-7 lead with 29 seconds left in the first half. But the Detroit got a 50-yard field goal on the last snap of the first half. Ridley caught a 2-point conversion pass after the Falcons’ TD with 64 seconds left in the game as Atlanta took a 22-16 lead. But Detroit scored a touchdown on the last snap of the game.
· Lions running back Bo Scarbrough (Northridge) was designated as a game-day inactive. Scarbrough came off injured reserve on Saturday.
Cleveland Browns 37, Cincinnati Bengals 34
· Bengals cornerback Tony Brown played but did not record any stats.
· Ronnie Harrison started at safety for the Browns. Harrison led Cleveland with nine tackles. He also recorded his first sack of the season, broke up a pass and recovered a fumble. Harrison’s fumble recovery came at the Cincinnati 33-yard line and set up a field goal for the Browns’ first points of the game with 1:21 left in the first quarter.
· Jonah Williams started at left offensive tackle for the Bengals. Williams left the game because of a neck injury and did not return.
· Jedrick Wills started at left offensive tackle for the Browns.
· Mack Wilson (Carver-Montgomery) started at weakside linebacker for the Browns. Wilson made four tackles and broke up a pass.
Green Bay Packers 35, Houston Texans 20
· Texans quarterback AJ McCarron (St. Paul’s Episcopal) did not play.
· Packers punter JK Scott averaged 51.8 yards on four punts and had a punt blocked for the second time in his career. Scott had a 62-yard punt returned 19 yards to the Houston 40-yard line (but moved back to the 16 because of a holding penalty), a 47-yarder downed at the Houston 2-yard line, a 57-yarder returned 14 yards to the Houston 33 and a 41-yarder for a fair catch at the Houston 38. The blocked punt gave the Texans the football at the Green Bay 22 and resulted in a fourth-quarter field goal.
Buffalo Bills 18, New York Jets 10
· Quinnen Williams (Wenonah) started at defensive end for the Jets. Williams made four tackles, recorded one sack and registered three quarterback hits. Williams has three sacks this season, exceeding the 2.5 that he had as a rookie last year.
· Bills running back T.J. Yeldon (Daphne) was designated as a game-day inactive.
Pittsburgh Steelers 27, Tennessee Titans 24
· Steelers defensive end Isaiah Buggs was designated as a game-day inactive.
· Rashaan Evans (Auburn High) started at inside linebacker for the Titans. Evans made five tackles and broke up a pass.
· Minkah Fitzpatrick started at free safety for the Steelers. Fitzpatrick made five tackles as Pittsburgh emerged as the NFL’s only undefeated team by giving Tennessee its first loss of the season.
· Steelers center J.C. Hassenauer played but did not record any stats.
· Derrick Henry started at running back for the Titans. Henry ran for 75 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries and caught two passes for minus-3 yards. Henry scored the game’s final touchdown on a 1-yard run with 10:13 left to play.
Los Angeles Chargers 39, Jacksonville Jaguars 29
· Chargers long snapper Cole Mazza handled the snaps on four punts, four extra-points kicks and three field-goal attempts.
· Chargers nose tackle Damion Square made three tackles, including his first sack since the 2018 season.
· Cam Robinson started at left offensive tackle for the Jaguars.
San Francisco 49ers 33, New England Patriots 6
· Damien Harris started at running back for the Patriots. Harris ran for 58 yards on 10 carries and caught a 12-yard pass.
· Anfernee Jennings (Dadeville) started at linebacker for the Patriots. Jennings made six tackles. He entered the game with five in his NFL career.
· Forty-Niners safety Jared Mayden played but did not record any stats in his NFL debut. Mayden has spent the season on San Francisco’s practice squad and was elevated to the active roster on Saturday.
Kansas City Chiefs 43, Denver Broncos 16
· Kareem Jackson started at strong safety for the Broncos. Jackson made two tackles in the NFL’s first snow game this season.
· Jerry Jeudy started at wide receiver for the Broncos. Jeudy caught two passes for 20 yards.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 45, Las Vegas Raiders 20
· Josh Jacobs started at running back for the Raiders. Jacobs ran for 17 yards on 10 carries and caught three passes for 14 yards. In Jacobs’ previous 18 NFL games, his career-low output had been 34 rushing yards.
· Henry Ruggs III (Lee-Montgomery) started at wide receiver for the Raiders. Ruggs caught two passes for 35 yards and had a 10-yard run.
Arizona Cardinals 37, Seattle Seahawks 34 (OT)
· Kenyan Drake started at running back for the Cardinals. Drake ran for 34 yards on 14 carries 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) started at cornerback for the Cardinals. Kirkpatrick made 10 tackles and broke up a pass. Kirkpatrick tied his single-game high for tackles, established when he had 10 against the Cardinals while playing for the Cincinnati Bengals on Nov. 29, 2015.
· Jarran Reed started at defensive tackle for the Seahawks. Reed made three tackles.
· Deionte Thompson started at safety for the Cardinals. Thompson made three tackles and registered a quarterback hit.
Week 7 started with Philadelphia Eagles’ 22-21 victory over New York Giants on Thursday night.
Week 7 concludes on Monday when the Chicago Bears visit the Los Angeles Rams at 7:15 p.m. ESPN will televise the game.
Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.
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