Seemingly, the demise of the Dallas Cowboys’ 2018 season was quite premature. The Cowboys are back and playing solid football once again, and in a wide-open NFC East, they have a shot at tying the division leaders this week as they host the Washington Redskins.
Washington of course was dealt a very tough hand last week as they lost their starting QB Alex Smith to a gruesome leg injury. The ‘Skins are fading at the wrong time it seems, and with Colt McCoy entering the fold – it remains to be seen how he will handle the offense.
For Dallas, this is a huge opportunity in front of their home fans on Thanksgiving Thursday. It’s a big spot, but admittedly one that Dallas has faltered in before. The Cowboys have gotten healthy at the right time though, and with an opportunity suddenly there to seize the division, this should make for a fascinating encounter.
Read on below as we continue to break down the three Thanksgiving Thursday games. The middle one features this all-NFC East showdown and could play a key role in determining playoff positions come January. Enjoy the turkey, and let’s hope we get some profits too!
Redskins vs. Cowboys Betting Odds:
Washington Redskins +7 (-115)
@ Dallas Cowboys -7 (-105)
Over 40.5 (-110)
Under 40.5 (-110)
Redskins vs. Cowboys Pick:
The shift from Alex Smith to Colt McCoy is a tough blow for the Redskins’ offense, but it isn’t the crippling, season-ending blow to Washington’s playoff chances as many are making it out to be. This is still a 6-4 team that does many good things well, and with a solid outing in Dallas in Week 12, they could still be considered the favorites to win the division.
McCoy and Smith do play similar styles and that could well make the transition relatively seamless. McCoy is very smart, won’t make egregious errors in judgement, and his teammates will battle for the trusted veteran. He won’t hurt his team the way many are predicting him to. Right now unfortunately, the Skins are battling with some offensive line injuries – and keeping the Dallas pass rush contained could well decide this match-up. Washington will be without two starting guards, so look for McCoy to really utilize Jordan Reed as tight end and implement quick, short passes to his teammates coming from the backfield.
Conversely, Dallas will also be tasked with the tall order of blocking Washington’s front seven. The ‘Skins defense has been great so far this season, and is the main reason why they enter as the division leaders for the NFC East. Dallas will also be without their primary starting center in Travis Frederick. Their blocking hasn’t been great this year in Dallas, and don’t be surprised to see Washington generate some pressure and get in the face of Prescott in the backfield.
Additionally, going back to Week 7 when these teams first met, Washington managed to do a stellar job of limiting Ezekiel Elliott. They tend to stifle opposing run games, and if they can manage that again – it will force the Cowboys into many third-and-long situations and passing downs. That’s a key way to beat this Dallas team.
Washington’s defense gives them a chance in every game, and their ferocious defensive front should manage to apply enough pressure, while also eliminating the run game from Dallas. Colt McCoy will stay within himself, making solid reads and simple plays. Right now, seven points seems like way too much in this spot. The Redskins aren’t just going to give away the division to Dallas, and expect them to keep things close in this big rivalry matchup.
PICK = Redskins +7 (-115)