Dallas-WFT Goes Over The Total in 1st Half As Cowboys Tie Team Scoring Record

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  • The Cowboys and Washington hit the OVER total in the first half of the game after Dallas scored a franchise-best 42 points in the first half.
  • Public betting was heavy on the UNDER at BetMGM, Caesars Sportsbook, and BetOnline.
  • Dak Prescott threw for 342 passing yards with 4 TDs in the first half of the game.

The betting public hammered the under in the Dallas Cowboys’ Week 17 game against the Washington Football team.

60% of the tickets and 70% of the money at BetMGM were wagered on the under 47.5 points. BetOnline reported that 63% of the volume was bet on the under 45.5. The numbers were even more telling at Caesars Sportsbook: 80% of the betting slips and 89% of the betting handle were placed on the under 46 points. As it turned out, it wasn’t even close.

Cowboys Score Most First Half Points in Franchise History

The Cowboys put up 42 points in the first half, tying a 52-year record for the most scored by the team in the first half in franchise history. Dallas scored 42 first-half points in a 49-14 win against Philadelphia during Week 5 of the 1969 NFL season. It was also the 10th highest scoring half in NFL history and the highest-scoring since the 2010 Eagles scored 45 first-half points in a 59-28 win over Washington at FedEx.

The Cowboys’ 35-point halftime lead against Washington on Sunday was also tied for the largest first-half lead in franchise history. With Washington putting up seven points in the first half, the two teams already combined for 49 points at the end of the first half, and went OVER the full game betting total after just two-quarters of play.

Cowboys’ QB Dak Prescott was on fire in the first half as he completed 27 of 35 passes for 342 passing yards with four touchdowns. Prescott’s 4 TD passes went to four different catchers – Ezekiel Elliott, Dalton Schultz, Terrence Steele, and Amari Cooper, making him the first QB in NFL history to throw touchdown passes to a wide receiver, running back, tight end, and an offensive lineman in the same game.

It was also the first time in Dallas Cowboys history where an offensive lineman and defensive lineman scored in the same game after DeMarcus Lawrence returned an interception 40 yards for the touchdown. Lawrence also became the 17th TD scorer for the Cowboys this season, another team record for most players to score a touchdown in a single season. Sunday also marked the first time since 2012 when the Cowboys’ offense, defense, and special teams scored a touchdown in the same game.

Cowboys Blow out WFT 56-14

In the second half, the Cowboys did not let up and added two more touchdowns: a blocked punt recovery by Chauncey Golston in the end zone in the third quarter and a 9-yard TD pass from Cowboys’ backup QB Cooper Rush to Malik Turner in the fourth quarter. When all was said and done, Dallas blew out the Washington Football Team 56-14 and officially won the NFC East Division.

Actually, the Cowboys didn’t need to beat Washington to win to add the division title to the playoff berth that was clinched with the 49ers’ defeat to the Tennessee Titans three nights earlier. The Raiders’ 17-13 win over the Broncos took care of that an hour before Sunday’s kickoff. With Las Vegas winning, the Cowboys gained the tiebreaker against the Eagles. By beating Washington though, they won’t be needing any tiebreaker anymore.

The Cowboys currently have the 4th best odds to win the NFC at +450 via BetOnline and FOXbet, and +500 via BetMGM, Caesars Sportsbook, PointsBet, and Bet365 with only the Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Los Angeles Rams having shorter odds than them in the SuperBowl LVI betting boards.

But with Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott having fantastic seasons on offense and Trevon Diggs and Micah Parsons having DPOY performances on the other end of the football field, there’s no question that this Dallas team is dangerous in the playoffs.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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