Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys
Thursday, November 30, 2017, 8:25 pm Eastern, TV: NBC, NFL Network
AT&T Stadium – Arlington, Texas
Opening Line: Dallas -2 1/2
Current Line: Washington -1 1/2
Opening Total: 44
Current Total: 46
Opening Money Line: Cowboys -125 / Redskins +105
Current Money Line: Redskins -125 / Cowboys +105
Both the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins are 5-6 and hanging onto playoff hopes by a thread. The two longtime rivals meet in what is basically an elimination game Thursday night in Dallas. Both teams trail the red hot Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East who are 10-1. Washington has lost four of their last six games, while Dallas has lost three straight games since the suspension of running back Ezekiel Elliott.
Dallas leads the series 69-44-2 against Washington. The Cowboys have won five of the last six games against the Redskins including 33-19 in Washington October 29 this season.
Washington is coached by Jay Gruden. The Redskins have home losses to the Philadelphia Eagles 30-17, Dallas Cowboys 33-19 and Minnesota Vikings 38-30, plus road losses to the Kansas City Chiefs 29-20, Eagles 34-24, and New Orleans Saints 34-31 in overtime. Washington has a road win over the Los Angeles Rams 27-20 and Seattle Seahawks 17-14 and home wins over the Oakland Raiders 27-10, San Francisco 49ers 26-24 and New York Giants 20-10 on Thanksgiving. The Redskins were 7 point favorites against the Giants and the total was 44. Washington is 5-6 ATS and the total is 7-4 this season.
Dallas is coached by Jason Garrett. The Cowboys have home wins over the New York Giants 19-3 and Kansas City Chiefs 28-17 last week and road wins over the Arizona Cardinals 28-17, San Francisco 49ers 40-10 and Washington Redskins 33-19. The Cowboys have lost three straight games. Dallas has road losses at the Denver Broncos 42-17 and Atlanta Falcons 27-7 and home losses to the Los Angeles Rams 35-30, Green Bay Packers 35-31, Philadelphia Eagles 37-9 and Los Angles Chargers 28-6 Thanksgiving. Dallas was a 1 point underdog against the Chargers and the total was 46.5. The Cowboys are 5-6 ATS and the total is 5-6 this season.
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Washington is being outscored 25-24 this season. The Redskins are #25 in points allowed. The Redskins average 356 yards per game on offense including 252 passing and 104 rushing yards per game. On defense, Washington allows 346 yards per game including 234 passing and 112 rushing yards. The Redskins are 58/155 on third and fourth down conversions and opponents are 63/154. Washington has forced 28 sacks and allowed 31 this season. The Redskins are even in turnovers and has allowed four defensive touchdowns.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins has completed 66.2% of his passes for 3,038 yards with 19 touchdowns and 6 interceptions, plus he has 145 rushing yards on 36 carries with 3 touchdowns. He has been sacked 31 times.
Running back Samaje Perine has 113 carries for 427 yards and a touchdown, plus he has 10 catches for 94 yards and a touchdown. Chris Thompson has 64 carries for 294 yards and 2 touchdowns, plus 39 catches for 510 yards and 4 touchdowns. He is out for the season with a leg injury. Robert Kelley has 62 carries for 194 yards and three touchdowns, plus 4 catches for 18 yards. He is out for the season with an ankle injury.
Receiver Jamison Crowder has 46 catches for 561 yards and a touchdown, plus 35 rushing yards on six carries. He is probable with a back injury. Tight end Vernon Davis has 33 catches for 527 yards and a touchdown. Ryan Grant has 31 catches for 341 yards and 3 touchdowns. Josh Doctson has 21 catches for 328 yards and 4 touchdowns. Terelle Pryor, Sr. has 20 catches for 240 yards and a touchdown. He is out for the season with an ankle injury. Tight end Jordan Reed has 27 catches for 211 yards and 2 touchdowns. He is out with a hamstring injury. Thirteen defensive players and nine offensive linemen are listed on the injury report.
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Dallas is being outscored 25-23 this season. Dallas is #25 in points allowed. The Cowboys average 334 yards per game on offense including 199 passing and 135 rushing yards. The Cowboys are #27 passing and #4 in rushing offense. On defense, Dallas allows 348 total yards including 236 passing and 113 rushing yards. The Cowboys are 67/151 on third and fourth down conversions and opponents are 68/153. Dallas has forced 28 sacks and allowed 24 this season. Dallas is -4 in turnovers and has allowed four defensive touchdowns.
Quarterback Dak Prescott has completed 63.7% of his passes for 2,318 yards with 16 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. He also has 34 carries for 247 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns. He has been sacked 24 times.
Running back Ezekiel Elliott has 191 carries for 783 yards and seven touchdowns, plus 19 catches for 210 yards and 2 touchdowns. This is the fourth game of his six game suspension. Alfred Morris has 51 carries for 296 yards. Rod Smith has 30 carries for 135 yards and a touchdown, plus 8 catches for 45 yards.
Receiver Dez Bryant has 53 catches for 578 yards and 4 touchdowns. Terrance Williams has 39 catches for 455 yards. Tight end Jason Witten has 50 catches for 429 yards and 3 touchdowns. Brice Butler has 13 catches for 267 yards and 2 touchdowns. Cole Beasley has 28 catches for 214 yards and four touchdowns. Eight defensive players are injured or suspended and three offensive linemen are listed on the injury report as well. the defense has not been the same since linebacker Sean Lee suffered a groin injury a few weeks ago. He is out until Mid-December.
The road team is 7-0 ATS in this series recently. The Redskins are 15-7 ATS against the Cowboys recently including 9-1 in Dallas. The last four games have gone over the total in this series. The underdog is 29-10 ATS in this series recently.
Dallas has been terrible on both sides of the ball since losing Elliott and Lee. They have one touchdown in the last three games. Prescott has been trying to press without Elliott and is making mistakes. Washington isn’t much better and is racked by injuries. I honestly don’t like either of these teams right now but I think it will be a low scoring game.