Week 7 didn’t give us the start we would have hoped for from the Thursday night game as the Arizona Cardinals were dismantled at home to the Denver Broncos. Arizona looks like a lost team at the moment, and despite having some talent – it’s clear that coach Steve Wilks cannot figure out how to utilize it. David Johnson should be doing way better, and that will be a situation to monitor in the second-half.
For the Sunday slate of games, our featured pick of the day will take us to the nation’s capital where Washington plays host to the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas enters Week 7 off of a huge win vs. Jacksonville, while the Redskins enter this week also off of a victory, as they defeated Cam Newton and the Panthers in Week 6. In a wide open NFC East, both teams realize just how crucial these divisional clashes are, and this game should produce some good, quality football.
Read on below as these long-time rivals square off during the later action on Sunday afternoon. It should be a great game within the NFC East, where playoff jockeying is already occurring. Read on below the odds for game analysis and a betting prediction for Cowboys/Redskins.
Cowboys vs. Redskins Odds:
Dallas Cowboys -1.5 (-110)
@ Washington Redskins +1.5 (-110)
Over 41.5 (-105)
Under 41.5 (-115)
Cowboys vs. Redskins Pick:
Dallas enters amidst a wave of momentum following the beating they put on the Jaguars last week. They scored 40 points on an allegedly elite Jacksonville stop unit, and many are figuring that the Cowboys’ offense has figured it out finally. I wouldn’t be so sure of that just yet. Jacksonville has struggled all season on defense, and for whatever reason haven’t generated any sort of discernible pass rush. This was more a case of Jacksonville being awful, than Dallas being good – and as a result, I think the line is a tad inflated.
Washington will not be a similar pushover. They have good coverage in their secondary, and slot corner Fabian Moreau should effectively bottle up Cole Beasley after his big showing last week. On their defensive line, the Redskins have the ability to win battles consistently. Dallas hasn’t been blocking well of late, and look out for Washington’s dominant edge rusher in Ryan Kerrigan who should easily win his match-up with right tackle La’el Collins. Dak Prescott will be under a ton of pressure on Sunday, perhaps forcing him into mistakes and turnovers. It will be another week of the Cowboys struggling to move the chains, with an offense that remains too reliant on feeding the ball to Ezekiel Elliott.
For Dallas’ defense, Sean Lee returns at the linebacker position, and though he is a very key player for the Cowboys stop unit – you have to wonder just how healthy he is. Beyond Lee, the Cowboys do also generate a lot of pressure, and their defensive line is the crown jewel of their entire defensive scheme. That said, this week will be tough as the Redskins block very well and don’t concede many chances at Alex Smith under center.
The ‘Skins will also likely be getting some healthy bodies and playmakers back for Smith. Jamison Crowder is in line for a few big plays downfield against a porous secondary, and Chris Thompson should be crucial to moving the chains as a pass-catcher emerging from the backfield. If they don’t suit up, expect a healthy dose of the hard-running veteran Adrian Peterson – who could do damage of his own. Regardless, be sure to check the injury report Sunday morning.
Washington is the better team here, but the fact that they enter as underdogs is nothing more than a drastic overreaction to Dallas’ win at home to the Jags last week. Even though Sean Lee is slated to be back for the Cowboys on defense, it shouldn’t tilt the balance this much. Washington’s offense is better than most think, and its versatility will trouble Dallas on Sunday afternoon. Look for the Redskins to take care of business at home on Sunday.
PICK = Washington +1.5 (-110)