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NFL Week 12 PFF ReFocused: Washington Football Team 41, Dallas Cowboys 16

Nov 26, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Washington Football Team wide receiver Terry McLaurin (17) waves to the crowd as he and running back Antonio Gibson (24) celebrate a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys during the second half at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The fantasy football community celebrated Thanksgiving together on Thursday. Washington Football Team rookie running back and noted fan favorite Antonio Gibson stole the show to lead his team to a 41-16 win over the Dallas Cowboys.

Editor's note: All of PFF's grades and advanced stats from this game will be finalized and made available to ELITE subscribers within 24 hours of the final whistle.

Gibson finished the game with 141 total scrimmage yards and three touchdowns (all rushing) across his 25 touches against Dallas. He averaged 4.0 yards after contact per attempt on the day — the NFL average is 1.7. For the first time this season, his role was upgraded from extra to lead actor, and he didn’t fail to impress in the limelight.

Opposite Gibson, the Cowboys’ $90 million running back Ezekiel Elliott recorded 10 carries for 32 yards and a fumble. And his quarterback, Andy Dalton, couldn’t pick up the slack. Dalton completed just 25-of-35 passes for 215 yards, one touchdown and a pick-six to second-year Washington edge defender Montez Sweat.

Washington quarterback Alex Smith didn’t have to do much to lead the Football Team to a blowout victory. He averaged just 4.1 air yards per target (Thanksgiving Day low among QBs) and finished the game with only 149 passing yards from 26 attempts (5.7 yards per attempt). His lone bright spots in the contest came on targets to star second-year receiver, Terry McLaurin.

The former Ohio State standout recorded his sixth consecutive game with at least seven receptions or 80-plus receiving yards against Dallas. Smith also averaged 10.7 air yards and 10.2 passing yards per target when throwing in McLaurin’s direction.

ROOKIE WATCH

Gibson. Gibson. Gibson. It was a historic performance from the young Washington back, as he became the first rookie with three touchdowns on Thanksgiving since Randy Moss.

Fellow Washington rookie Kamren Curl, a former Georgia safety drafted in the seventh round, played 50-plus defensive snaps and should finish PFF’s grading reviews with his best single-game grade of the season.

Cowboys rookie wide receiver CeeDee Lamb did not rise to the occasion on Thanksgiving. He dropped an end-zone target and finished the game with just five receptions for 21 yards.

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