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NFL Odds: Rooting against Dallas

Even after last week’s debacle, bettors haven’t given up on the Dallas Cowboys just yet. In fact, the Cowboys have attracted enough early action this week to make one online sportsbook pledge its allegiance to the underdog Washington Redskins in Sunday’s NFC East showdown at FedExField.

A spokesperson for Bovada told OddsShark that their shop will be rooting for the Redskins this week against the Cowboys. Washington has covered the spread in six of its last seven meetings with Dallas, but did lose the first meeting between the two teams this season. Washington outgained the Cowboys in total yards and rushed for more than 200 yards in that game, but still lost.

Backup quarterback Kirk Cousins will start in place of Robert Griffin III for the Redskins. Cousins played well in last week’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons, but couldn’t come through with a potential winning two-point conversion in the game’s final moments. Washington committed seven turnovers in the loss, but it wasn’t as bad as what happened to Dallas.

The Cowboys built a 26-3 halftime lead over the Green Bay Packers last time out, only to fall apart in the second half with some questionable play-calling and some inadequate quarterback play. Tony Romo threw two fourth-quarter interceptions, fueling a Packers comeback and a 37-36 Green Bay win in Dallas.

The loss has created a firestorm around the Cowboys and could make it hard to regroup against the Redskins. Dallas heads into the weekend as around a 3-point favorite on the NFL betting lines at the sportsbooks. The Cowboys will be looking for a win to keep up in the NFC East race. They’ll face the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 17 in a game that could decide the division title.

In addition to the Redskins, Bovada says it also will be rooting for three other underdogs in the Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts, and Houston Texans this week. The Bills are 2.5-point home underdogs against the surging Miami Dolphins, the Colts are 7-point underdogs at the Kansas City Chiefs, and the lowly Texans are double-digit home underdogs to the Denver Broncos.