NFL Week 12 Predictions: Washington Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys
Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys
Thursday, 11/22/12, 4:15 PM EST, TV: FOX
Opening Point Spread: Dallas -4
Current Betting Line: Dallas -3
Opening Total: 47
Current Total: 48
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Washington snapped a three-game losing streak in picking up a 31-6 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles as 3.5-point home favorites last time out, while going UNDER the total for a fourth consecutive contest. The Redskins are led offensively by rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, who is averaging 7.92 yards per passing attempt, while coming into this NFC East rivalry game with a 101.0 passer rating. Washington is 4-2 ATS as a road underdog of three points or less over the last two-plus seasons, which is an important angle to consider when making your NFL picks against the spread in Week 12.
The Redskins have lost three consecutive games in this series, including an 18-16 setback as 3.5-point road underdogs in their last trip to Cowboys Stadium on Sept. 26, 2011. Washington possesses one of the best running games in the NFL, with Griffin III being a dual-threat under center, while running back Alfred Morris sits just 131 yards shy of a 1,000-yard season. On the other side of the ball, the defense ranks 26th in the league in allowing 383.8 yards per game.
Dallas has won back-to-back games for the first time this season, as it came away with a 23-20 overtime victory over the Cleveland Browns as seven-point home favorites last week, while winning the statistical battle by just nine yards. The Cowboys are now aiming for their seventh victory in the last eight meetings in this series. “We are going to enjoy this one for another 10 minutes, and then get on to the Redskins,” commented Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett after the victory. Dallas is 0-4 ATS at home this season, which will cause many to take a close look at the pro football odds page.
The Cowboys have gone 28-15-1 all-time when playing on Thanksgiving Day, which includes a victory in all six previous matchups with Thursday’s opponent. Dallas has hosted opponents on the holiday every year since 1978, while going 12-7 ATS on this particular day of the week since 1992. Quarterback Tony Romo has won eight of his last nine games in November, throwing for 17 touchdowns and just three interceptions in that span.
Sports bettors will likely play the total in this affair, with the Cowboys going above the number in seven of their last 11 games during this calendar month.
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