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It was a crushing defeat for the Dallas Cowboys as they fell 20-17 to Washington. They had a bad performance from their offense once more as the road continued to be terribly hostile to them. The Cowboys mounted a last minute charge Taco Charlton Jersey Stitched , only to miss out on sending the game to overtime by mere inches.The table was set for this game by the defeat of the Philadelphia Eagles by the Carolina Panthers in the early slot. The come-from-ahead loss, where the Eagles gave up a 17 point lead in the fourth quarter, meant that the winner of this game would be all alone in first place in the NFC East. It came down to who wanted the division lead the most.But that turned out to be Washington, who dominated the line of scrimmage all day. Speaking of which, Adrian Peterson lived up to his AD nickname, getting almost 100 yards while Ezekiel Elliott was stymied, only totaling 31 yards on 14 carries. Dak Prescott was under constant pressure, including the back-breaking strip-sack touchdown given up late in the fourth quarter, while Alex Smith was only sacked once by the Dallas pass rush. It was a continuation of the road woes that have plagued the Cowboys all season. There were clear breakdowns in communication on the offensive line, and multiple big plays for Dallas were called back by holding penalties. After showing so much promise in the win last week, things reverted back to the bad, and once again this looks like an 8-8 team, at best.There was a brief flurry by the offense as time wound down in the game, including converting a fourth and 13 on a pass to Blake Jarwin. But it took too many plays to score, leaving only 1:37 on the clock. The drive was gritty and determined, but also too little and too late. Dallas managed to get it down to a field goal attempt Youth Chidobe Awuzie Jersey , but a false start added five yards to the attempt, and Brett Maher doinked it off the upright. The Cowboys got off to a bad start in the game. On their first possession, a 22 yard run by Dak Prescott was wiped out by a Tyron Smith hold, and Dallas wound up punting. Washington took advantage of an uncharacteristically bad punt by Chris Jones to quickly march in, getting a 23 yard touchdown on a screen pass to Kapri Bibbs. Things kept going badly as Elliott struggled to gain yards, then on fourth and one, the ball was knocked loose from Prescott just as he got the first down, giving Washington the ball on the Cowboys’ 45 yard line. There was a very scary moment late in the first quarter as Prescott tried to run for the first down sticks and took a blow right to the head on the sidelines just short of the sticks. He had to go through the concussion protocol, but was cleared and returned to the game on the Cowboys’ next series, and threw a 22 yard strike to Michael Gallup on his next pass. And on a third and four play, he showed he was not afraid to run after his hit, diving to get the first down on a scramble. Meanwhile, Sean Lee returned to the field after missing three games due to injury and looked back to his normal self, snuffing out a screen play early in the second quarter to help stop Washington. That is perhaps even more important after Leighton Vander Esch left the field with an injury in the second half.However, the struggles were real for the Cowboys. Smith continued to struggle as he and Connor Williams were still having communications issues. Penalties kept hurting Dallas, and even Chris Jones was having a bad day with short punts or putting them into the end zone for touchbacks. Meanwhile Chidobe Awuzie Jersey Stitched , Peterson looked like he was 23, not 33, at times, making something out of nothing and putting some wicked moves on Dallas defenders. Pass protection was also in the home team’s favor in the first half, as Prescott was sacked while Smith wasn’t. An indication of how self-inflicted the damage was for the Cowboys was that they controlled the ball in the first half, notching a 17:07 to 12:53 advantage in time of possession, and limiting Washington to only one third down conversion in the first two quarters.But inside the two minute warning of the first half, the offense finally came alive. After Elliott barely converted a third and one, Dak got some protection and hit a streaking Michael Gallup down the left side for a 49 yard touchdown to even things up at 7-7 with a minute left to play. After having far too many mistakes, and Washington just missing on a couple of touchdown throws as the first half wound down, Dallas went into halftime tied, with the division lead still up for grabs.The Cowboys quickly let the momentum from the Gallup touchdown dissipate in the second half. First, Washington got the ball on the kickoff and drove down for a field goal. Dallas would be totally ineffective on offense, only running six plays in the third quarter as the pass rush kept the pressure on Prescott and Elliott continued to struggle. Then Washington would add another three points early in the fourth, but again the defense held in the red zone to prevent a touchdown. According to the CBS announcers, that made seven consecutive times the Cowboys’ defense has held opponents to just a field goal on red zone trips. Finally Youth Jourdan Lewis Jersey , Dallas got a little something going on offense to set up Brett Maher for his own 47 yard field goal. Then on the next Washington series, Sean Lee showed up again, to stop an option play that had worked earlier for and get the ball back for the offense with 6:18 left in the game. But disaster would strike. After a third down conversion to Cole Beasley was called back on a hold by Connor Williams, Dak would get sacked on the goal line and stripped of the ball, which was recovered for a touchdown by Preston Smith. That pushed the lead to ten points with not enough time for the Cowboys to come back. It was another road flop for Dallas, and a golden opportunity squandered. Some of last year’s playoff teams are in for a rude awakening in 2019."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Dallas Cowboys NewsDallas Cowboys GeneralPoll: Which 2018 NFC playoff teams won’t make the playoffs in 2019?New,134commentsSome of last year’s playoff teams are in for a rude awakening in 2019. CDTShareTweetShareSharePoll: Which 2018 NFC playoff teams won’t make the playoffs in 2019?Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY SportsSince the league moved to a 12-team playoff format in 1990, an average of about six new teams make the playoffs every year. This long history of churn among NFL teams means that it’s highly probable that five or six teams that made the playoffs in 2018 will miss the playoffs in 2019.And what’s true for the NFL is true for the NFC as well: Six teams make the playoffs in the NFC every year, and it’s a virtual certainty that some of last year’s playoff teams won’t repeat.In 2018, the Saints, Rams, and Eagles repeated as NFC playoff participants from the year before, the Cowboys, Bears, and Seahawks were the new playoff participants, and the Panthers Jourdan Lewis Jersey Stitched , Falcons, and Vikings failed to repeat their 2017 playoff appearanceCoincidentally, that means that nine of the 16 NFC teams made the playoffs the last two seasons. And if we go back one more year, 12 of 16 NFC teams made the playoffs in the three-year span from 2016-2017. Remarkably, not a single NFC team made the playoffs in each of the last three years. Not one.Almost as remarkably, only four teams failed to make the playoffs at any time over that three-year span: the perennially underachieving Redskins, the once-mighty 49ers, the woeful Cardinals, and the Bucs, who last made the playoffs under Jon Gruden in 2007.Which brings us to our question of the day: Last year, the NFC was represented, in order of seeding, by the Saints, Rams, Bears, Cowboys Youth Xavier Woods Jersey , Seahawks, and Eagles. Which of these teams do you think are in for a rude awakening in 2019 and will not make it back to the playoffs?ESPN posted the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook odds for each team to make the Super Bowl, and those odds have three tiers of favorites for the NFC:8-1 odds: Rams & Saints14-1 odds: Bears, Eagles, Packers25-1 odds: Cowboys, Vikings, 49ersThose odds would leave the Seahawks as the only team not repeating its playoff appearance, though history suggests it’ll be three teams failing to repeat.Place your vote on which team you think won’t be back in the playoffs this year in the attached poll. We’ll assume that the three teams that get the most votes will not make the playoffs this season. In a follow-up post, you’ll be able to vote on which three new teams you think will make it to the postseason this year.If you can’t see the poll on your device, feel free to leave your take in the comments section below.

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