A huge Thursday night showdown unfolds to kick off Week 13 action as the Washington Redskins travel to Dallas to do battle with the Cowboys.
Of course, this is a historic rivalry and one with some huge playoff implications in the NFC East. The Cowboys have been struggling the past few weeks – failing to recover after losing some key pieces on both offense and defense. They currently sit at 5-6, though you get the sense that their record will be getting worse, before it gets better.
On the other side are the Washington Redskins – quite the enigma. They got a big win on Thanksgiving against the lowly Giants, and while the NFC is a competitive conference, the ‘Skins know they have a shot. Their offense remains quite prolific, and it should be fascinating to watch Kirk Cousins operate against this porous Cowboy’s secondary.
Regardless of the situation, it is always fun when these teams square off. This time around, with some post-season implications on the line – it definitely makes things a little more intriguing. As always, read on below the odds for a full game preview, analysis, and a betting prediction to get the weekend started out right!
Redskins vs. Cowboys Betting Odds:
Washington Redskins -1.5 (-110)
@ Dallas Cowboys +1.5 (-110)
Over 47 (-115)
Under 47 (-105)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Redskins vs. Cowboys Pick:
Dallas has had some awful luck with injuries this season, but you can bet their rivals won’t be feeling sorry for them on Thursday night. Last week, Dallas lost Zack Martin against the Chargers, and he will be out for this contest as a result. With Tyron Smith already playing through an injury and La’el Collins looking like he just learned how to block someone – this could spell trouble for the Cowboys’ offensive line and Dak Prescott.
Ryan Kerrigan has been beastly for Washington, and should be excited by the depleted O-Line of Dallas. He is one of the game’s best edge rushers and the Redskins seem to always fare better when Kerrigan is dominant and plays well. Expect a couple of sacks and a ton of pressure from Washington’s defensive leader. It also won’t help matters that Dez Bryant will likely have another dud of a game. Josh Norman will blanket him from start to finish, and Dallas will get no reprieve from their run game either. Moving the chains will be tough for the Cowboys.
For the Redskins, it seems as if they will be getting a bit healthier for this contest. Trent Williams will return to the offensive line, and that should give Kirk Cousins even more time and space to operate from the pocket. And with Sean Lee still out for the Cowboys, you have to love the Washington attack here. Dallas looks lost defensively without him, and I think Cousins will be able to do as he pleases on Thursday night.
Washington is the chalky public play, but it’s the only side here. With Lee still out and all of Dallas’ offensive injuries, the Cowboys are a shell of the team they could be. They still have talent, but it doesn’t match-up well enough against a motivated Washington team looking to avenge their Week 8 performance vs. Dallas. The Redskins should be even bigger favourites, and as a result – I’d expect a statement performance from them on Thursday.
PICK = Redskins -1.5 (-110)