By Lewis Gould

The way the WFT embarrassed Dallas 25-3, memories of the old NFC East were summoned up.

When the East was the Beast, not the Least in the NFL.

It didn’t start well for either team. The Cowboys allowed Washington to march 70 yards down the field on its first drive of the game. And then Washington couldn’t break the plane despite being just a few yards from the end zone, even going for it on fourth down.

Washington found redemption soon afterward. Dallas quarterback Andy Dalton fumbled after being sacked, Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz recovered in the end zone, and he was promptly swarmed and forced to the ground for a Washington safety.

It was all Washington for the rest of the first half. It had four more possessions before halftime and it scored touchdowns on three of them. The Cowboys managed to set a record, but not the good kind.

Offensively, all Dallas managed was a field goal.

The Cowboys got close to a touchdown at the end of the second quarter, but Washington linebacker Cole Holcomb intercepted the ball off the hands of Ezekiel Elliott just yards from the end zone.

Things got worse for Dallas in the third quarter. A late dirty hit from Washington linebacker Jon Bostic had Dalton motionless on the turf for several agonizing seconds. Dalton went to the locker room and entered the concussion protocol. Bostic was rightly ejected.

Ben DiNucci, making his NFL debut, took over. He had a fumble, a gorgeous 32-yard pass, and a sack that cost Dallas 14 yards in his first drive.

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