One of the most intriguing sets of games on Sunday afternoon will feature the corresponding matchups that will decide the NFC East. Of course, the Cowboys and Eagles are still vying for the divisional crown, while their opponents, the Redskins and Giants will look to spoil the party for either.
It should make for some exciting football during the second wave of Week 17 action, and in this spot we will take a detailed look at Washington vs. Dallas, and how that game will impact the divisional race.
Last week, Dallas was an embarrassment. Dak Prescott could barely throw, while star players checked themselves out of the game in key spots. It was a must-win situation and Dallas flopped on either side of the football. The fan base is in a frenzy, but there is still hope. If Dallas wins and Philly loses against an improving Giants squad, the playoffs are still in sight. But it won’t be easy as a pesky Washington side will surely be keen to ruin the season of their hated rivals.
With this game occurring simultaneously as the Eagles and Giants square off, it should make for some fascinating theatre. Though Dallas clearly needs to emerge victorious here, it doesn’t mean the ‘Skins will just cruise into the off-season. Read on below for a full game breakdown, betting prediction, and tactical analysis for Washington vs. Dallas in a crucial NFC East showdown.
Washington vs. Dallas Betting Odds:
Washington Redskins +13 (-120)
@ Dallas Cowboys -13 (+100)
Over 45.5 (-110)
Under 45.5 (-110)
Washington Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys Pick:
While everyone thinks Dallas winning and hoping for some help from the G-Men against Philly is how Sunday afternoon will play out, let’s not be so sure. The Cowboys haven’t shown all that much on either side of the football in recent weeks, and can’t inspire much confidence heading into this showdown with Washington.
Dak Prescott has been brutal the past few weeks, and whether he’s hurt or not – it’s not good enough to win games in the NFL. He struggled to throw the ball last week against a porous Eagles’ secondary and was woefully inaccurate. It also doesn’t help matters that Amari Cooper is clearly injured at the wide receiver position, further limiting his downfield options.
Expect Dallas to really need to rely on Ezekiel Elliott as a result. Although Washington’s secondary isn’t the best – passing on them won’t be easy for Prescott. Look for Dallas to turn to the run game as a result, which should only further play into Washington’s hands – as they’re actually quite solid at bottling up opposing rushers. For a game with such a lofty spread, moving the chains consistently is not going to be easy for Dallas.
On the other side of the ball, expect Washington and Case Keenum to have some success at passing on Dallas’ woeful secondary. The ‘Skins young and speedy receiving corps should pose problems for the Cowboys, especially at the safety position. The veteran QB has seen it all in the NFL, and he should relish the opportunity to unravel a wounded Dallas secondary. Look for both Terry McLaurin and Kelvin Harmon to be in line for big days, and that duo should be able to make some big plays.
Despite having to travel, and having nothing to play for aside from team pride – the ‘Skins will not quit in this contest. They’re well-aware of the situation and how many eyes will be on this big matchup, and look for this emerging group to rise to the occasion. With the amount of question marks and rumoured injuries surrounding Dallas at the moment, it is clear that the spread is simply too high. Expect Washington to thoroughly show up in what is certainly their personal ‘Super Bowl’. This game should be tight.