After the Vikings and Lions finish up, the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys kickoff for the main course at the AT&T Center in Arlington. Both of these games have major ramifications for later in the season. The Vikings and Lions are contenders in the NFC North, while the Redskins and Cowboys are looking at capturing the NFC East. The Cowboys are in control behind Prescott and Elliott, but the Redskins have been looking hot as well. It’s too bad for the Redskins, the year they are finally putting everything together, is the same year that the Cowboys are on fire. I don’t think many people viewed the Redskins and Cowboys heading into this game looking as good as they have back a few months ago, but here we are. The Redskins come in with a record of 6-3-1, a tie thanks to the Europe game against the Bengals. Conversely, the Cowboys are sitting mighty fine with a record of 9-1.
I recall when Tony Romo went down, the perception was that the Cowboys just had to survive until he got back healthy. If they could hang around with a record just above .500, then they’d have a good shot at getting to the playoffs when Romo made his return. That scenario did not come to fruition obviously, which has worked out favorably for the Cowboys. Instead of that happening, an even better scenario has unfolded with Dak Prescott at the helm. Prescott has been a rookie phenom, not only in the running for the Rookie of the Year, but MVP as well.
Prescott has put together some gaudy numbers for a rookie. Mind you he wasn’t even drafted in the first three rounds. Instead the Cowboys took a chance on him in the 4th round and has it ever paid off. He’s been electric, along with the man next to him in the backfield, Ezekiel Elliott. Either of them are qualified to win an award for their play, and it would be further backed up with a successful run in the playoffs. A lot of people are waiting for them to hit a wall, but it just hasn’t happened, at least not yet anyway. The Skins could pick up a massive amount of momentum and confidence with a win in this one. Kirk Cousins has come in playing the best football of his career. It’s going to be an exciting, must-watch matchup this afternoon.
Washington Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys NFL Betting Odds:
vs. Cowboys -7(-110)
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Redskins vs. Cowboys Pick:
Overlooked in Dallas is the offensive line. The Cowboys’ offensive line may be the most overlooked unit in all of football. Dak and Elliott are getting all of the praise, and they should get some, but it’s this offensive line who is carving out huge holes for these guys to operate. Put Elliott on a team with an average or bad offensive line, and he would not be coming close to the numbers he’s been accumulating. I’m not taking anything away from those two, but let’s give credit where credit is due with the Cowboys’ up front on offense. The Cowboys are averaging 156.8 yards per game, with the Bills narrowly edging them out for the top spot. Overall Dallas are 4th in the NFL, averaging 413 yards per game.
Dak has passed for 17 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions. When Dez Bryant came back, his value shot up even further. Along with his ability to pass the ball, Prescott has also rushed for 141 yards and another 4 touchdowns. So, he has 21 touchdowns in total with 2 picks on the season! Unbelievable stuff from the first-year kid out of Mississippi State. Elliott already has 1,102 yards to his name and he isn’t quite done yet.
The Redskins aren’t going to have an answer for the Cowboys’ offensive line in this game. Washington are 22nd against the run in 2016, as they are surrendering 112 yards per game. That won’t work against this bunch. While the defense isn’t going to be able to help out this afternoon, or at least I don’t see it happening anyway, Cousins may be able to get the offense going. Cousins has settled in under center, passing for 17 touchdowns and 7 interceptions this season. He’s coming off a monster performance against the Packers, where he threw for 3 touchdowns and 375 yards in the wind. The Redskins are 2nd in the NFL, with 418.5 yards produced per game on average. The Cowboys are just behind them in 4th place, averaging 413 yards per game. Dallas are great against the run, so if the Redskins are smart they’re going to put the ball in Cousins hands a lot here. This is another sharp line, with the Cowboys currently 7-point favorites. The way I see it, the play is going to be the OVER.
PICK: OVER 51.5 POINTS (-110)