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Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott creating tough decision for NFL awards voters

Will the Dallas Cowboys sweep claim the NFL's MVP and Offensive Rookie of the Year awards this year? If so, who gets what?

Will the Dallas Cowboys sweep the NFL's MVP and Offensive Rookie of the Year awards this year? If so, who gets what?

Quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott are both having fantastic rookie seasons, posing quite the dilemma for NFL voters.

Elliott leads the NFL in rushing with 1,199 yards after running for 97 in Thursday's 31-26 win over the Washington Redskins at AT&T Stadium. 

Prescott was clutch again in his first-ever Thanksgiving Day start, throwing for 195 yards and a touchdown on 17-of-24 passing. He also ran for 39 yards on eight carries, including a 6-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter. 

After Elliott had an 18-yard run called back because of a hold, Prescott converted a third-and-9 at the Washington 27-yard line with a perfect 26-yard pass to Dez Bryant. Elliott scored a play later to give the Cowboys a decisive 31-19 lead with 6:29 remaining. 

Washington got a late touchdown from Jordan Reed, but two field goal misses by Dustin Hopkins proved to be the difference. Reed left in the first half with an injured left shoulder, but returned in the second half to have a huge day. He finished with 10 catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns.

Prescott told Fox Sports he enjoyed playing in front of the home crowd on Thanksgiving. 

"It was awesome," he said. "It was a great environment."

As good as Prescott and Elliott were, neither had a better play than Terrance Williams, who showed incredible agility and body control to tap his toes in bounds for a 10-yard touchdown late in the first half. It was the only catch of the day for Williams. 

If the NFL could give the MVP to a collective unit, it would probably be the Cowboys offensive line. Dallas' group of left tackle Tyron Smith, left guard Ronald Leary, center Travis Frederick, right guard Zack Martin and right tackle Doug Free are the best in the business. The group will get even better when La'el Collins, the usual starter at left guard, has been out with an injured toe. 

The Cowboys defense will have to shore some things up if they hope to go deep in the playoffs.

Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins was superb, going 41 of 53 through the air for 4449 yards and three touchdowns. Cousins was coming off a 375-yard, three-touchdown performance against the Green Bay Packers. Despite the loss, the Redskns can at least leave Dallas knowing their offense largely outplayed the Cowboys.

That could be revisited in the playoffs. 

The Cowboys are inching closer to locking up the NFC East, but if defense wins championships, they better hope linebacker Justin Durant, who left with a hamstring injury, and defensive backs Barry Church forearm) and Morris Claiborne (groin) return to the lineup soon. The Cowboys defense, and the fact that they have just three playoff wins since winning Super Bowl XXX, are reasons why some doubt whether the Cowboys could beat a team like the Seattle Seahawks in the playoffs.

But their rookies have been great and a huge reason the Cowboys have won 10 straight games. 

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