Another chapter between a pair of NFC East rivals takes place in the nation’s capital. The Dallas Cowboys travel to face the Washington Redskins in a matchup of winless teams Sunday afternoon. The game kicks off at 1:00 pm ET from FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. Regional television coverage for the contest is brought to you by FOX. According to the Vegas sportsbooks, Washington is currently a 3 point favorite in this contest with the over/under set at 45.5 points.
Dallas opened the season with a 20-19 home loss to the Giants last week. Washington was on Monday Night Football but was on the wrong end of a 38-16 score against the Steelers last week. This is the 111th regular season meeting between the two franchises. Dallas holds a 66-42-2 advantage in the series. The teams split two meetings last season, each winning on the road. The Cowboys won 19-16 on December 7, 2015 while Washington took a 34-23 victory on January 3, 2016.
Early Lean on Redskins -3
Dallas had their chances even without Tony Romo under center but failed to make key plays late. The Cowboys led 19-13 in the fourth quarter only to have their defense break. Dallas gave up a 3 yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning to Victor Cruz with 6:13 to play in the game. Randy Bullock’s extra point put Dallas one point down. The Cowboys had two drives afterwards but came up empty. The final drive ended at the Giants’ 40 yard line when Terrance Williams was tackled inbounds, allowing the clock to run out.
Dak Prescott completed 25 of 45 passes for 227 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in his first NFL start. Ezekiel Elliott ran 20 times for just 51 yards and a score in his debut. Alfred Morris contributed seven carries for 35 yards in the game. Jason Witten led the team with nine receptions for 66 yards while Cole Beasley chipped in eight grabs for 65 yards. Star receiver Dez Bryant was shut down as he had only one catch for eight yards in the game. Dan Bailey did his part, hitting field goals from 23, 56, 25 and 54 yards.
Washington was overmatched as Pittsburgh lit up the Washington secondary. The Redskins led 6-0 after the first quarter but gave up 24 unanswered points. Washington cut the deficit to 24-16 in the opening two minutes of the fourth quarter. They wouldn’t get any closer. Kirk Cousins did his part, completing 30 of 43 passes for 329 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. Matt Jones led the ground game with seven carries for 24 yards. Chris Thompson added four carries for 23 yards and a score. Jordan Reed led the Redskins with seven catches for 64 yards. DeSean Jackson (102 yards), Pierre Garcon (51 yards) and Jamison Crowder (58 yards) each had six receptions. Dustin Hopkins booted three field goals in the defeat.
Dallas struggled in Prescott’s debut but the Cowboys likely won’t be that limited offensively here. He has a week in the system during the regular season. Prescott needs to throw the ball down the field and get Bryant involved in the passing game. Washington was solid offensively but couldn’t make any stops on the defensive side of the ball. The Redskins take advantage of youth and inexperience in the Cowboys’ offensive skill positions and get the victory here. For more free NFL picks, check us out daily!
Washington is 4-0 ATS in their last four against teams with a losing record and 4-1 ATS in their last five vs. the NFC East. Dallas is 1-4 ATS in their last five vs. the NFC East, 1-6 ATS in their last seven vs. the NFC and 0-4-1 ATS in their last five overall.
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