Whenever these two longtime rivals meet, it doesn’t seem to matter how well or how bad either is playing. They both seem to find a way to up their game when they face each other. While that makes for better television, it means fans will not know what to expect until kickoff.
Dallas will hope to continue where they left off last week following a 40-7 beatdown of the Jaguars. Jacksonville was supposed to have one of the toughest defences in the league. But the Cowboys hit them where they are weak—the run game.
It didn’t hurt that they happen to have one of the best run games in the league. But this week, against the Redskins, it will not be as easy to establish the run. Washington has the fourth-ranked run defence in the league.
Does that mean the Cowboys will have to turn to Dak Prescott and the passing game? Hopefully not. The Redskins defence isn’t bad against the pass either (fourth).
But if the Dallas offence struggles, their defence could pick up the slack. Washington has had some issues moving the ball this season (27th in total offence). The run game has worked at times, but the Cowboys are tough against the run.
So—who’s going to win?
The defence will be the name of the game in the first half. But by the time the second half rolls around, Ezekiel Elliot will start finding some space. The Cowboys will hold the Washington run game in check and limit Alex Smith to easy, short-yardage passes.
Take Dallas (+105) to win over Washington (-125). Washington is favoured by 1.5 but will lose by seven. As for the over/under—take the under.