Cowboys Redskins Odds
The Dallas Cowboys (7-7) visit the Washington Redskins (3-11) on Sunday, December 22 in NFC East action. After getting swept by the Redskins last year, the Cowboys are looking to return the favor after capturing the first meeting between these teams by a final of 31-16 at home on October 13.
Kickoff at FedEx Field is scheduled for 1:00 EST Sunday afternoon. If you are looking to place a wager on this game, then you will be working with a line of Dallas -3 over Washington and a total set of 53.5 points.
Why Dallas Covers
Despite all the controversy and negative publicity, the fact of the matter is that the Dallas Cowboys still control their own destiny in the NFC East. If they win their final two games of the season over the Redskins and Eagles, they will win the division and earn a home game in the first round of the playoffs. That is plenty reason for this team to show up Sunday and to get back up from a crushing defeat at the hands of the Packers last week.
The good news is that the Cowboys will be up against a Washington team that appears to have packed it in. The Redskins have decided to sit Robert Griffin III for the remainder of the season, which would be a sign that they could be giving up. This team has lost six straight games coming into this one with five of them coming by a touchdown or more.
Dallas has put up a whopping 28.1 points per game this season to rank 4th in the league in scoring offense. To compare, Washington ranks 23rd in scoring offense at 21.8 points per game. The Cowboys should have no problem putting up a big number on a Washington defense that allows 31.0 points per game, which is the most in the entire league. Amazingly, the Redskins have allowed 24 or more points in 13 of their 14 games this season.
Plays on road teams (DALLAS) – excellent offensive team – scoring 27 or more points/game, after scoring and allowing 24 pts or more in 3 straight games are 23-5 (82.1%) ATS since 1983. Dallas is 25-11 against the spread in its last 36 games after allowing 35 points or more in its previous game. Washington is 12-25 against the number in its last 37 home games off a loss by six points or less. Jason Garrett is a perfect 6-0 against the spread off two or more consecutive losses as the coach of Dallas. The Cowboys are winning 31.0 to 15.8 in this spot, or by an average of 15.2 points per game.
Jason Garrett is a perfect 6-0 against the spread off two or more consecutive losses as the coach of Dallas. The Cowboys are winning 31.0 to 15.8 in this spot, or by an average of 15.2 points per game.
Why Washington Covers
Against their biggest rivals in the NFC East division, the Redskins would love nothing more than to spoil Dallas’ season with a victory Sunday. They certainly were not playing well for about a month, but their effort against the Atlanta Falcons last week really showed that they are not going to pack it in just yet. And really, they have no reason to considering they don’t have a first-round pick, so it does them no good to continue to lose. Players are fighting for their jobs, and that showed last week.
Washington thoroughly outplayed Atlanta and did everything it could to give away the game, yet still had a chance to win it on a 2-point conversion at the end. The Redskins would lost 26-27, but the box score shows that they were the dominant team on both sides of the football. The Redskins outgained the Falcons 476-243 for the game, but they committed a ridiculous seven turnovers in the loss. The fact that they still had a chance to win with that many giveaways speaks volumes.
The best move the Redskins could have made was to sit RGIII, who was having an awful season up to this point. Kirk Cousins makes much faster decisions than RGIII, thus getting the ball out of his hands quicker. Admittedly, the Redskins have a poor offensive line, but that’s why having Cousins under center with his quick decisions is much better for the team. He threw for 381 yards and three touchdowns in the loss to the Falcons, and he has played well over the past two years in place of RGIII when given the chance.
Cousins should have his way with a Dallas defense that ranks last in the league, giving up 427.3 yards per game. After blowing a 26-3 lead to the Packers last week due to giving up five touchdowns in five drives in the second half, the Cowboys have to be shaken up mentally. They just have no belief in their defense, especially with all of the injuries to so many key starters on this side of the ball.
Plays on home underdogs or pick (WASHINGTON) – after being beaten by the spread by 21 or more points total in their last three games, in the last 2 weeks of the regular season are 40-15 (72.7%) ATS since 1983. Dallas is 0-8 against the spread versus poor defensive teams that allow 5.65 or more yards per play in the second half of the season over the last two seasons. The Cowboys are 31-53 against the number in the last four weeks of the regular season since 1992. Dallas is 8-18 ATS as a favorite over the last three years.
My Early Lean: Cowboys -3