ARLINGTON, Texas -- Kirk Cousins was rolling going into his previous visit to Dallas with Tony Romo sidelined, just as the Washington quarterback is this season.The Cowboys have an answer this time in rookie Dak Prescott, whos been so good that Romo didnt get his job back when the 36-year-old completed his recovery from a preseason back injury.Dallas, at an NFL-best 9-1, is looking for its first 10-game winning streak in the same regular season in another Cowboys-Redskins matchup on Thanksgiving. The run started with Prescotts first career victory at Washington in Week 2.Cousins and the Redskins (6-3-1) are trying to keep up in the surprisingly strong NFC East, a year after visiting the Cowboys in the regular-season finale when they had already wrapped up the division title at 8-7.Cousins had three touchdown passes in the first quarter and was on the bench before halftime of that playoff tuneup.The look was similar in last weekends 42-24 win over Green Bay, with Cousins tossing three TDs in Washingtons sixth win in eight games since starting 0-2.Hes playing great, Dallas coach Jason Garrett said. They were able to move the ball up and down the field and they were also able to make a lot of big plays in the passing game at critical times. That goes to the weapons he has, how they use the weapons and his ability to distribute the football.Prescott led a fourth-quarter comeback in a 27-23 win over the Redskins after fellow rookie sensation Ezekiel Elliott was benched because of two fumbles.Now Prescott is the leading rookie passer in the NFL, and Elliott is the leagues top rusher at 1,102 yards.Hes been bottled up from time to time in the first quarter, but as the game goes on, that offensive line can wear you down and he gets chunks of yardage, Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. And Dak has just done a great job. Hes just been very poised under pressure.Elliott hasnt had fewer than 92 yards since getting 83 before the benching at Washington.I think were a different team, but I mean theyre in the same case, the 21-year-old former Ohio State star said. As the season goes on, youre going to get better, youre going to play more together, youre going to get more chemistry. Its going to be a good matchup.Things to consider in the eighth Thanksgiving meeting with the most frequent holiday rival for the Cowboys, who have won six of the first seven:NO ROMO: Its the first time a healthy Romo wont start on Thanksgiving for Dallas since 2005, the year before he was a midseason replacement for Drew Bledsoe. Romo was a Thanksgiving whiz early in his career, winning his first five.Most of those were when Prescott was a young Cowboys fan in Louisiana. It was always, `get up, eat some good food and then watch the Cowboys play, the 23-year-old Prescott said. Now Im kinda excited to be playing in it.FAT ROB RUNNING: Undrafted rookie running back Robert Kelley -- nicknamed Fat Rob -- appears to have solved Washingtons need in the backfield, producing 137 yards and three TDs on 24 carries in Week 11. It was his first 100-yard game since high school.He just keeps moving the pile, keeps moving his feet and does a great job, Gruden said. Hes a physical runner and obviously his ball security has been outstanding, knock on wood. Kelley took over after Matt Jones had fumbling problems.SLOWING COUSINS: The Cowboys offered little resistance to Cousins on their home field last season, when he was 12 of 15 for 176 yards in less than a half to clinch the NFLs best completion percentage.Dallas is without safety Barry Church (broken arm) and cornerback Morris Claiborne, who was having the best season of his career before a groin injury.Theyre hot right now, cornerback Brandon Carr said. They have a lot of confidence in their team. Thats great. We have the same confidence over here.TY FOR TRENT: So much for the Redskins being in trouble with their best lineman, left tackle Trent Williams, suspended four games after violating the NFLs substance abuse policy.Williams replacement, 6-foot-8, 335-pound Ty Nsekhe, has been terrific in two starts, victories against Minnesota and Green Bay.Hed only started two NFL games previously. 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Smith realized how easily basketball can be taken from him, and he wasnt going to take his place in the NBA for granted anymore.Chicago and Boston open their respective Conference Finals with victories. Scott Cullen has stats and notes from Saturdays nights NHL action. BLACKHAWKS OPEN WITH WIN OVER KINGSThe Chicago Blackhawks opened Game One of the Western Conference Final by outshooting the Los Angeles Kings 17-2 in the first period, only to trail 1-0, when a puck misplayed by G Corey Crawford and C Dave Bolland ended up in the Chicago net, courtesy of Justin Williams. The Blackhawks got goals, less than five minutes apart in the second period, from Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa. Sharp, who scored six goals in 28 regular season games, leads all playoff goal-scorers with eight in 13 postseason games. Blackhawks LW Bryan Bickell and D Duncan Keith led the Blackhawks with five shots on goal and Bickell tied D Brent Seabrook for a team-leading six hits. On top of that, Bickell also had terrific possession numbers. Drew Doughty, Robyn Regehr, Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown were the Kings on the wrong end of the possession game. Brown, the Kings captain, recorded a game-high eight hits, including a crushing hit on Jonathan Toews in the final minute, but had no shots on goal. Jeff Carter, Mike Richards and Kopitar combined for three shots on goal. Of note, with the Kings pressing for the tying goal under a couple of minutes remaining, Chicagos Dave Bolland flattened the Kings Mike Richards behind the Chicago net. It was a heavy hit and, whether it results in supplemental discipline or not, Richards was moving pretty slowly after he got up. It bears watching whether Richards or Toews have any lasting effects from those big hits. The Kings have been bailed out by Jonathan Quick in the playoffs thus far and he did his part Saturday, stopping 34 of 36 shots, but once again Los Angeles was on the wrong end territorially. It was the fifth time in 14 playoff games overall (fourth time in seven road games) that the Kings have been outshot by double digits. During the regular season, the Kings outshot their opposition by 4.8 shots per game. In the playoffs, they have a shot deficit of 5.3 shots per game. Thats leaving Quick very little margin for error. By comparison, Chicago outshot opponents by 4.9 shots per game during the regular seson and theyve upped the margin in the playoffs, outshootinng opponents by 6.dddddddddddd4 shots per game. So long as Corey Crawford continues to play well (1.39 GAA, .950 SV% in last four games), the Blackhawks are on top of their game. KREJCI, RASK LEAD BRUINSThe Boston Bruins withstood early pressure from the home team Pittsburgh Penguins, then were led by a pair of goals from David Krejci and a 29-save shutout from Tuukka Rask on their way to 3-0 Game One road win. David Krejci, who leads the playoffs with 19 points, recorded a game-high seven shots on goal. Its not easy for a player to raise their scoring average in the playoffs, what with better opposition and tighter checking, but Krecji has 0.73 points per game during the regular season in his NHL career. After Saturday, Krejci has 0.92 points per game (66 PTS, 72 GP) in his playoff career. It wasnt only Krejci leading the offence. RW Nathan Horton had a goal and two assists and a plus-3 rating, giving him 15 points and a playoff-leading plus-17 in 13 games. He had 22 points and was plus-1 in 43 games during the regular season. Remarkably, Rasks playoff save percentage, after the shutout, is .933, which still ranks fourth among the starting goaltender left in the playoffs. Boston won two-thirds of the faceoffs, with Sidney Crosby (6-for-17; 35.3%) taking the brunt of it for Pittsburgh. Picking at nits for the Bruins, RW Tyler Seguin had no shots on goal in nearly 14 minutes of playing time. After putting up points in each of the first eight playoff games this year, Penguins C Evgeni Malkin has been held off the scoresheet in three of the last four games. He led the Penguins with five shots on goal but, along with linemates James Neal and Jarome Iginla, struggled possession-wise, clearly getting the worst of the head-to-head matchup against the line of Kejci, Horton and Milan Lucic. If the Bruins can win those head-to-head matchups, with Rask outplaying Tomas Vokoun in goal, theyre going to be difficult to beat. Of course, its really difficult to consistently win head-to-head matchups against Pittsburghs top lines, but the Bruins achieved that feat in their Game One win. Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen. For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook. ' ' '