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NFL Week 2 PFF ReFocused: Dallas Cowboys 31, Washington Redskins 21

Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys made mincemeat of Washington's secondary and ended the game with a 31-21 win.

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Final Score

Dallas Cowboys 31, Washington Redskins 21

Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott had another very promising game, albeit against a secondary that ranged from underwhelming to absolutely bemused. He made a number of impressive downfield throws including a beautifully thrown deep touchdown to wide receiver Devin Smith.

Connor Williams had a torrid time in this one and was repeatedly beaten by Washington's defensive linemen — he allowed multiple pressures and was just flat-out overpowered in the running game. Other than Williams though, this offensive line looks back to its once-formidable best. Travis Frederick, Tyron Smith and Zack Martin all performed well against a sneaky strong defensive line.

Jaylon Smith was all over the field against the Redskins. However, he did take a bad angle on Paul Richardson‘s third-quarter touchdown catch that put him out of position. Leighton Van Der Esch ended the Redskins' first drive by tackling Chris Thompson short of the sticks, but he also missed a tackle on Adrian Peterson‘s one-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

Tyrone Crawford was impressive at times. His biggest play of the game was the sack he collected in the second quarter, which ended a Redskins' drive.

Washington Redskins

Without Derrius Guice, the Redskins' ground game couldn't get much going. Adrian Peterson led the team in carries and did have a rushing touchdown, but he wasn't very effective on the ground.

Rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin continues to be one of the more productive first-year wide receivers. He caught a touchdown late in the fourth quarter, but Case Keenum appeared to look his way more than any other wide receiver.

Josh Norman‘s season hasn't got off to a very good start. He was beaten a number of times for big gains today and got roasted for a long touchdown for the second time in two weeks.

Shaun Dion-Hamilton was somewhat of a bright spot for this defense. He made a number of impressive stops in underneath coverage on the day.

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