For the second straight Thursday night in the NFL, it’s an all-NFC East matchup as the Washington Redskins visit the Dallas Cowboys in their final meeting of the season and with both clinging to playoff hopes.
Usually in these Thursday night games, the home team has an advantage because on a short-week turnaround it doesn’t have to travel and basically gains an extra day of practice. That’s not the case for this game, however, as both Washington and Dallas played on Thanksgiving.
Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys
When: Thursday, 8:25 PM ET Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas Point Spread: Cowboys -1.5
Point Spread and Betting Analysis
The Cowboys are looking for their second straight season sweep of the Redskins and their first four-game winning streak in the series since 2003-04. In Week 4, Dallas was a 3-point favourite at Washington and won 33-19. One key note about that game was the Cowboys still had star running back Ezekiel Elliott, and he rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries in one of the best games of his young career. Elliott is currently serving a six-game suspension and won’t return until Christmas Eve.
That first game was played in heavy rain at times. The Redskins clearly didn’t adjust as well as they had three turnovers, one returned for a touchdown, as well as a blocked field-goal try that led to another Dallas TD and changed the tone of the game.
Dallas has won seven of the past 10 against Washington overall and covered four of the previous six.
The Redskins (5-6 SU, 5-6 ATS) would have had zero shot at the postseason if they had lost Thanksgiving night at home to the Giants – and, frankly, you don’t deserve the playoffs if you lose to Big Blue. Washington didn’t play great but won 20-10 to end a two-game losing streak. The team lost running back Chris Thompson to a season-ending injury in Week 11, so rookie Samaje Perine carried the load against the Giants with 100 yards rushing and three catches for 30 yards.
Jamison Crowder has become Kirk Cousins’ top target and caught seven passes for 141 yards and a score. The Giants are not a good offensive team, but it was a positive step forward for a Washington defense that had allowed 72 combined points in the previous two games.
I don’t want to say stick a fork in the Cowboys (5-6 SU, 5-6 ATS) … but stick a fork in the Cowboys. Elliott finally having to serve his six-game suspension has blown up this season for Dallas. Elliott has missed the past three games and the Cowboys have lost them all by at least 20 points. On Thanksgiving, it was a 28-6 embarrassment to the Chargers. Dallas has scored fewer than 10 points in three straight for the first time in franchise history. Dak Prescott has looked like a very different quarterback with Elliott out.
Redskins vs. Cowboys Prediction
Washington 24, Dallas 17