In the second half of their hideous Thanksgiving Day home performance against the Washington Football Team, the lifeless Dallas Cowboys were trailing by seven points when they were suddenly given a boost by a Jaylon Smith interception that set them up with a first down inside the Washington 5-yard line.

But after $15-million-per-year running back Ezekiel Elliott lost two yards on first down, Mike McCarthy’s offense ran a failed reverse to wide receiver CeeDee Lamb and then threw an incomplete pass in an unfavorable spot before settling for a field goal.

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