ARLINGTON, (AP) — Amari Cooper’s 90-yard touchdown catch was soon followed by DeMarcus Lawrence’s first career interception in a Dallas win over Washington that pulled the Cowboys even with the Redskins atop the NFC East.

Telephone mad, but the Cowboys owner and general manager considers those two major plays are linked. He ’s suggested as much several times in the month because he traded his next first-round pick in the draft to for a new No. 1 receiver.

The Cowboys (6-5) are showing confidence and swagger reminiscent of 2 decades ago, when quarterback Dak Prescott and operating Ezekiel Elliott were rookie sensations resulting in to franchise-record 11-game winning series. They’ll need it when New Orleans visits with a 10-win run.

The Saints (10-1) would be trying to match exactly what Dallas did when Prescott was the 2016 Offensive Rookie of the Year and Elliott the league rushing champion: win 11 in a row after dropping the opener. The Cowboys ended with an NFC-best 13 wins.

“They say if you would like to be a good team, you need to actually start rolling in November,” said Cooper, who had a Dallas Thanksgiving record with 180 yards having a 40-yard touchdown as well in a 31-23 win over the Redskins. “We’ve ever been standing tall with our backs against the wall. We can keep this up. ”

There’s another link for the Cowboys to 2016. They intercepted Colt McCoy three times in the long run Washington backup’s return to coming off ’s season-ending leg injury. Dallas’ last match was in the win 26-20 over Tampa Bay, of that year.

Anthony Brown had the first interception with a Cowboys cornerback this year in the first quarter; a deflection and catch with defensive end Lawrence set up Prescott’s scrambling 5-yard touchdown run for a 31-13 lead early in the fourth quarter; and safety Xavier Woods needed his second of the year to all but seal the outcome.

“It sort of just happens. Things happen. ”

And the Cowboys are in position for the playoffs, with the daunting task of trying to keep their run going while slowing the roll of Drew Brees and the Saints.

“The way we are going and how we are progressing, especially over the last three matches,” Prescott said, “we’re taking good care of the ball, the defense is becoming us many possessions even when we are punting it. So we all are just playing together. ”

Smith stated he sustained a stinger at Atlanta in a win four days before. … Elliott finished with 121 yards rushing and overtook Todd Gurley for the lead with 1,074 yards. Gurley, who’s in his receptive week with the LA Rams, had 1,043 yards.

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