WASHINGTON — Only the Philadelphia Eagles were hurt more than the Washington Redskins during the latter’s bye in Week 9.
Both the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys won, putting distance between the top half and bottom half of the NFC East.
New York got their win against the aforementioned Eagles, using two early turnovers to lead the game from start to finish. Both Victor Cruz and Odell Beckham Jr. scored on long touchdown passes.
Eli Manning was the best player for both teams, completing 22-of-36 passes for 257 yards, four touchdowns with two interceptions.
The Giants held on for victory, 28-23, advancing to 5-3 while the Eagles fell to 4-4.
The Cowboys, meanwhile, drew an enviable matchup against Cody Kessler and the Cleveland Browns, easily advancing their winning streak to seven.
Dak Prescott continued to reward the confidence that’s been placed in him, completing more than three-quarters of his passes for 257 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. It was his second three-touchdown performance of the season, a first for the Cowboys.
Prescott also broke Troy Aikman’s record to touchdown passes by a rookie, with his 10th of the 2016 season.
Ezekiel Elliott, who was a collegiate star in the Buckeye State, rushed for 92 yards and sat our most of the fourth quarter. Tight end Jason Witten tallied his first 100-yard receiving game since 2013. Witten also moved into fourth all-time for touchdown receptions by an NFL tight end.
After the Cowboys ran up a comfortable third quarter lead, the keys to the offense were turned over to familiar faces Mark Sanchez and Alfred Morris. The Cowboys drained the clock and thwarted the Browns in the fourth quarter, moving to 7-1, tied for the best record in the NFL.
The Redskins return from the bye week on Tuesday, going directly into a brutal stretch of three games in 12 days: Nov. 13 vs. Minnesota (5-3), Nov. 20 against Green Bay (4-4) and the Thanksgiving Day game at Dallas.
Washington has eight games remaining, including once each against the Eagles, Giants and Cowboys. Despite the tie and gap between them and the Cowboys, winning the division or a Wild Card spot is still very much in play.
Unfortunately, only the Arizona Cardinals (3-5), Carolina Panthers (3-5) and Chicago Bears (2-6) have losing records in that bunch. The rest of the field is a combined 25-15.