The Washington Redskins (8-7), who are locked in as the 4th seed in the NFC playoffs as the NFC East champs, will take on the disappointing Dallas Cowboys (4-11) Sunday afternoon. The Cowboys have won two straight and four of the last five meetings, including a 19-16 road win as a 2 point underdog back in week 13 on Monday Night Football.
Washington has won three straight and four of five to clinch the division crown as they dusted the Philadelphia Eagles 38-24 on the road last Saturday night. Dallas dropped their third straight and fourth in the last five as they fell 16-6 on the road to the Buffalo Bills. Kickoff from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas is currently scheduled for 1:00 pm ET and will be televised on FOX. Dallas is currently favored by 3.5 points with the over/under set at 39.5 points in this contest.
Free Pick on the Washington Redskins +3.5
The Redskins are in the middle of the pack offensively as they are 12th in the league in passing offense with 253.6 yards and 23rd in rushing with 94.7 yards per game. Washington is averaging 23.6 points per game, which is currently 14th in the league while they are 17th in scoring defense as they allow 23.7 points a game. With nothing to play for, it’s unclear how much, if at all, their starters will be on the field Sunday.
Kirk Cousins has hit 69.5 percent of his throws (367 of 528) for 3,990 yards with 26 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while getting sacked 26 times this year. The Redskins have gone with a running back by committee; Alfred Morris leads the team with 183 carries for 651 yards plus a score while Matt Jones has 144 carries for 490 yards and three scores as a rookie. Chris Thompson (28 carries, 197 yards, 35 receptions, 240 yards, TD) is a valuable back in the passing game. Pierre Garcon is the team’s second leading receiver with 69 catches for 728 yards with five scores; Jordan Reed (team high 83 grabs, 907 yards, 11 TD) and rookie Jamison Crowder (54 catches, 495 yards, TD) are other viable targets in the game while DeSean Jackson (30 catches, 528 yards, 4 TD) continues to recover from a pulled hamstring. Ryan Grant (20 grabs, 250 yards, TD) has developed into a nice secondary target when he stays healthy. Dustin Hopkins has booted 23 of 26 field goal attempts with a long of 54 yards and 35 of 36 extra points as he replaced Kai Forbath, who was cut and subsequently signed with New Orleans.
The Cowboys are in the middle of the pack offensively as they are 29th in the league in passing offense (203.9 yards) and 9th in rushing offense with an average of 119.3 yards per game. Dallas is 31st in the league in scoring offense as they put up 16.8 points per contest and they are 15th in scoring defense with 22.7 points per game allowed.
Tony Romo was 83 of 121 passing for 884 yards with five touchdowns and seven picks before breaking his collarbone for the second time. Matt Cassel, the third quarterback of the season for the Cowboys, is 119 of 204 for 1,276 yards with five touchdowns and seven picks. Kellen Moore is 28 of 56 for 344 yards with one touchdown and four picks. The run game hasn’t been as good with the departure of Demarco Murray; Joseph Randle is second on the team with 76 carries for 315 yards and four scores but was cut by the team for off field issues. Darren McFadden has 227 carries for a team high 997 yards and three scores. Robert Turbin has contributed 30 carries for 133 yards and a touchdown. Jason Witten leads the team with 71 receptions for 655 yards and two scores; Cole Beasley is next in line with 47 grabs for 483 yards plus three scores. Terrence Williams (44 grabs, 667 yards, 3 TD), McFadden (35 receptions out of the backfield) and the recently returned Dez Bryant (31 catches, 401 yards, 3 TD) are good targets in the passing game as well. Dan Bailey has hit all 22 extra points and 30 of 32 field goal attempts with a long of 54 yards.
Washington is 4-1 ATS in their last five against teams with a losing record, 4-1 ATS in their last five overall and 5-2 ATS in their last seven after allowing less than 90 yards on the ground. Dallas is 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 overall, 1-4 ATS in their last five against the NFC, 1-6-1 ATS in their last eight at home and 0-4-1 ATS in their last five against teams with a winning record.
The Redskins will likely sit down some of their starters early if they even see the field. Still, Washington has momentum and Dallas is a fractured team with plenty of issues on both sides of the ball. The Cowboys have little inspiration, talent or capable personnel to work with. Even playing at home won’t save the Cowboys from another loss here; take the points and run.
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