There are two Thanksgiving Day games scheduled for Thursday. Unfortunately, there won’t be a primetime game because of a coronavirus outbreak within the Baltimore Ravens. Their matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers has been pushed to Sunday afternoon. So, it’s back to how it was originally, with a game in Detroit and Dallas. Thanksgiving football started in 1934 in Detroit, and then the Cowboys joined the tradition in 1966. NBC wanted to institute a “wildcard” game with two new teams, and we’ve had a primetime matchup since 2006. The coronavirus issue for the Ravens takes away what would have been a good one at night.
The Cowboys will welcome Washington to AT&T Stadium for a game that most people wish they could skip over. If there was a good team going to Arlington to play the Cowboys, then there would have been a little more interest. With the Steelers and Ravens shelved, we have four teams with a combined record of 13-19 playing. The Lions, believe it or not, have the best record at 4-6. Andy Dalton is back for the Cowboys, so that’s at least something.
Dalton led the Cowboys to a big 31-28 win over the Minnesota Vikings last week. They fought hard the week before against the Steelers, but came up short by a score of 24-19. Despite a record of 3-7, the Cowboys are still in a good position to win the NFC East, as pathetic as that sounds. Actually, Washington can still win the division, too. The Eagles currently lead the division with a record of 3-6-1. A dumpster fire of a division no doubt. If Dalton can stay healthy, the Cowboys might limp across the finish line and go to the playoffs. Head below for our free Washington vs. Cowboys props for November 26, 2020.
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Amari Cooper Receptions
When the Cowboys find ways to get Amari Cooper more involved in the offense, good things tend to happen. Three weeks ago against the Eagles, Ben DiNucci made no effort to get the ball to Cooper. He finished with 5 yards on 1 reception. DiNucci struggled to find his other options on the field, too, so it was a problem for him across the board. The following week with Garrett Gilbert starting, Cooper led the Cowboys with 5 receptions. He also collected a total of 67 yards receiving.
Andy Dalton returned last week and immediately looked towards Cooper. He was targeted 7 times for 6 receptions and 81 yards. It put Cooper right on track before DiNucci took over as starting quarterback. Despite that poor outing, Cooper has recorded at least 5 receptions in four of his previous performances. In eight of ten games in 2020, he’s had 5 receptions or more. With a competent quarterback back at the controls, look for Cooper to go OVER in this receiving prop.
Logan Thomas Receiving Yards
Alex Smith is back in the saddle on the football field. He earned his first win since Week 10 in 2018 last week. That was the week before Smith suffered what many believed was a career-ending leg injury. Against the odds, Smith worked hard to get back on the field. He might not be what he used to be, but Smith is certainly a better option than Dwayne Haskins who has no clue how to read a defense. Everything looks way too fast for him.
Strong arm, but it means little if Haskins is unable to figure out what the defense is doing. Smith on the other hand doesn’t have all of the physical traits, but is much smarter with the football. He has a nice opportunity to put on a good show against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. The Cowboys are dead last in the league with 31.8 points allowed per game. That’s even worse than hapless New York Jets.
Former Virginia Tech quarterback turned tight end in the NFL, Logan Thomas, was expected to have a big performance versus the Bengals last week. It didn’t happen, as Thomas caught only 2 receptions for 6 yards. A week earlier against the Lions, Thomas had a season-high with 66 yards receiving. That was the third game in four outings that Thomas registered at least 40 yards.
Thomas has a good matchup this week in Dallas. Even though he disappeared last week, I could see a bounce-back spot for him at AT&T Stadium. Thomas is in a career year after showing progress from previous years. He’s gone from 77 yards in 2018, 173 yards in 2019, and goes into Thursday with 308 yards receiving and 3 touchdowns. I will side with the OVER on Thomas receiving yards.
Alex Smith Passing Yards
Alex Smith has made three starts for Washington since getting the greenlight to play. He came in for mop up duty against the LA Rams, and then got the starting nod versus the New York Giants. In his first ever start, it was clear Smith was rusty, but the potential was there for him. He made mistakes, having thrown for 325 yards with 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions. Smith came back out the following week to dice the Lions up for 390 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.
The Bengals were able to stop Smith from dishing out 300+ yards for three consecutive weeks. He was contained for just 166 yards with a touchdown and interception. As I stated, the Cowboys’ defense is more than beatable. They’ve conceded the most points in the NFL with 31.8 points a game. This is the first game that Smith will participate in where it gets a national spotlight since his injury. I suspect that Smith is going to be extra motivated to show that he’s back. Asking at least 250 yards from him isn’t asking too much on Thursday.