Amari Cooper makes difference in rematch as Cowboys hold off Redskins

WATCH: Amari Cooper with 90-yard TD for Dallas Cowboys

Da Boys give Skins Black Friday

Welcome to what might be the NFC East's Super Bowl. This year, they won the 31st of these pre-Christmas outings by outlasting their ancestral rivals from Washington 31-23. They have since staged a three-game win streak over the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles and the Atlanta Falcons (both were road victories, ) and now beating a Washington team most National Football League analysts (including former Dallas wide receiving sensation Michael Irving) picked to win on Thanksgiving.

Ezekiel Elliott ran for 121 yards with a score as the Cowboys (6-5) won their third straight game since their first home loss, to Tennessee in the Dallas debut of Cooper following a trade.

Plays like Cooper's 40-yard dash on a simple slant pattern are the ideal example of why he's in Dallas, saved from the Oakland Raiders. He followed it up with a catch in traffic and proceeded to run away from the entire Redskins defense for a 90-yard touchdown.

That leaves the Cowboys as the likely favorites.

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When Dak Prescott wasn't flawless with his arm, he was able to run decisively to create a touchdown and another first down on a field goal drive. He fumbled while trying to scramble on his third, but Washington recovered. Asking any more of their defense in a game that would have the Cowboys up only 14 with a field goal could have led to a much different outcome. Jarwin has not earned the role in the Cowboys offense he seemed destined for in the preseason. This 18 point lead wouldn't last long, as the Redskins needed just six plays to answer with a touchdown of their own. In more ways than one, this transaction came in the nick of time.

However, it is a contest that the Cowboys will be without some key factors on both sides of the ball as star linebacker Sean Lee, defensive tackle David Irving, and wide receiver Tavon Austin have each been ruled out of the game, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. The Pokes defeated Philadelphia, Atlanta and Washington 27-20, 22-19 and 31-23, respectively, but as Prescott observed after the Atlanta game, the team is "jelling" offensively and defensively going into the playoff stretch. Prescott was sacked four times in the first half against the Redskins, but Marc Colombo's makeshift line protected him perfectly through the second half.

Cooper took over the game with an ankle-breaking route and sprint to give the Cowboys a 17-13 lead.

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