The NFL is set up with another great week of action as three games kick off the week on Thanksgiving. The second game of the day will be between the Washington Football Team and the Dallas Cowboys. These two teams have struggled this season, but find themselves in contention for the NFC East. This game will kick off at around 4:30 PM Eastern time.
Washington has earned a record of 3-7 this season, which has them sitting in second place of the NFC East. The Football Team is coming off a nice win against the Cincinnati Bengals last week, which should lead to some momentum coming into this one. Washington is only half a game back on the Philadelphia Eagles and will look to take lead of the division with a win in this one.
The Cowboys have also put up a record of 3-7 throughout this season, which has them tied for second place in the NFC East. Dallas was able to earn an impressive win against the Minnesota Vikings in their last win. The Cowboys will look to bounce back after losing to the Football Team earlier in the season. Dallas has a chance to take the division lead with a win in this one as well.
These two teams have struggled throughout this season, but have a chance to take the division lead on Thursday afternoon. Dallas has struggled with injuries this season, but will look to earn a much needed win in this one. The Football Team has 2-2 in the division, while the Cowboys have gone 1-2 in the division. Both teams need a big performance in this one on Thursday.
Washington and Dallas met up once earlier in the season. The Football Team hosted the game back in Week 7. Greg Zuerlein kicked a field goal, but that was all the points the Cowboys could muster. Kyle Allen threw two touchdown passes on the day, while Antonio Gibson rushed for a touchdown. Washington was able to dominate for a 25-3 win at home.
The Football Team met up with the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 11. Joe Burrow threw a touchdown pass to A.J. Green, but that was pretty much it from Cincinnati’s offense. Alex Smith had a passing touchdown to Steven Sims, while Antonio Gibson had a rushing touchdown. The Football Team was able to hold on for a 20-9 win against the Bengals.
Dallas faced off against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 11 on the road. Kirk Cousins had three passing touchdowns, including two to Adam Thielen. Dalvin Cook rushed for another touchdown, but it was not enough. Andy Dalton had three passing touchdowns, while Tony Pollard had another rushing touchdown. Dallas was able to score late to earn a 31-28 win.
These two teams are coming off a big win in Week 11 to get back into the divisional race. I expect both teams to come out strong on Thanksgiving as they look for a much needed win. If either team can come out with the win on Thanksgiving, it will give them the division lead. Both teams will look to carry over momentum from last week’s win.
Alex Smith has taken over the starting Quarterback spot for Washington. Smith has done solid since stepping in. He has thrown for 918 yards, 2 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Last week, Smith went 17-25 for 166 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. The Football Team will need Smith to step up if they want to earn a win in Dallas.
Andy Dalton is back as the starting Quarterback for the Cowboys. Dalton has struggled with some injuries this season as well this season. He has thrown for 655 yards, 4 touchdowns and 4 interceptions on the season. He went 22-32 for 203 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception last week against the Vikings. Dallas needs to Dalton to step up as this season continues if they want to win the NFC East.
These two Quarterbacks have struggled at times this season after taking over the starting job. Dalton is coming off a strong performance against the Vikings last week and if he can do that again, he will give the Cowboys a big edge. Smith has looked shaky at times this season and will need to get the passing game going on Thursday afternoon.
Offense vs Defense
Washington has not been able to get their offense going at all this season. The Football Team has been able to put up 200 points and gain 3240 yards of offense, which is 29th and 28th in the league. Washington has held opposing teams to 227 points, which is 9th in the NFL. The Football Team has given up 3158 yards, which is 6th in the league.
The Cowboys have had some bright spots on offense this season, but their defense has struggled. Dallas has only scored 235 points, which is 20th in the NFL. The Cowboys have gained 3931 yards of offense, which is 6th in the league. Dallas has given up 318 points and 3864 yards to their opponents, which is 32nd and 24th in the NFL this season.
The Cowboys offense has been able to move the ball well this season, but they have struggled to put up points at times. Washington’s defense has done a good job, while their offense has been struggling to do much of anything. The Football Team’s offense needs to limit Dallas’ offense once again in this one if they want to earn a big win on Thursday afternoon.
The Cowboys are coming off an impressive win against the Vikings last week and I believe they will carry that momentum over to their Thanksgiving Day game. Washington was able to win against the Cowboys earlier in the season, but I do not think they will be able to sweep them. Andy Dalton seemed to get Dallas’ offense to click last week and if they can carry that over, I expect them to earn a big victory.
BetOnline has Dallas listed as a -3 against the spread for their Thanksgiving Day game against the Football Team. This gives a solid edge to the Cowboys in this one. I believe that this line should be bigger. Washington has not been impressive this season and I think they will struggle on the road in this one. I really like Dallas to take control of this one early to take a lead in the division.