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Cowboys and Redskins trending toward an OVER

The struggle to catch the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East continues in Week 8.  The Dallas Cowboys roll into Washington to face the Redskins and scoring should be no problem for these divisional foes.

  • The total has gone over in 18 of Washington’s last 25 games.
  • Washington is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Dallas.
  • Dallas is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games.

The total opened on Tuesday at 50.5 points and it could be easily surpassed as both teams rank in the top 10 in points per game this season. Dallas averages 27.5 ppg and Washington averages 23.5 ppg. Also, the Cowboys may not have star running back Ezekiel Elliott much longer with his ongoing legal battle with the NFL, so you should expect the Cowboys to put the rock in his hands as much as they can. Bettors may even want to consider Elliott for a multiple touchdown score prop after he hit pay dirt three times in San Francisco.

Dallas opened as 2.5-point favorites over Washington and it may be difficult for bettors to rely on them to cover. Coming off a convincing win over a doormat 49ers team, Dallas is only 3-3 ATS this season and has shown a tendency to fall short against stiffer competition. Their middle-of-the-pack defense was exploited by Denver, Green Bay and the Rams this season and could have a tough time stopping Kirk Cousins and company at FedExField. If you want to exercise caution, the Dallas moneyline opened at -130 and a great trend for bettors is the visiting team’s 6-1 SU mark in the last seven games in this matchup.

Washington has also been hit-or-miss ATS with a 2-4 record in six games this season and couldn’t even cover at home in Week 7 against the 49ers. Throw in the possibility of All-Pro left tackle Trent Williams missing this game due to injury, and the Redskins may be in tough to keep up with Dallas’ offense.

A bright spot for the Redskins defense is the expected return of star cornerback Josh Norman to the field in Week 8. He could prove to be the foil for Dallas wideout Dez Bryant, who has scored a touchdown in four of his last five games.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to side with the Washington Redskins in this one found them as 1.5-point favorites earlier in the week at Bovada, while the total was sitting at 49.

NFL prediction models run by the computers at OddsShark picked a 26-21 result in favor of the Redskins earlier in the week. Watch matchup reports and the picks page for any changes due to injuries or suspensions this week. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

Dallas Cowboys vs Washington Redskins Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Dallas Cowboys will try to spoil the party on Sunday; they are 3-3 against the spread this season, while the Washington Redskins are 2-4 ATS. Dallas is 4-2 on the OVER/UNDER betting totals; Washington is 3-2-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Washington vs Dallas injuries news.

The Redskins-Cowboys odds would favor the Cowboys if the betting lines were set according to power ranks. Washington is rated No. 14 in our latest OddsShark poll, while the Cowboys sit at No. 9.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Washington's No. 11-ranked offense, averaging 23.5 PPG, against a Cowboys defense that ranks No. 22 this week at 23.67 PPG. The Redskins aerial game is averaging 254.33 yards per game, more than the Cowboys secondary allows through the air, 216 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Cowboys own the league's No. 14-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 110 yards per game when on the road. Washington, on the other hand, rates No. 24 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Last time out, Dak Prescott threw for 3 scores and 234 yards in leading his team past San Francisco at Levi's Stadium.

In their last game, the Redskins got 3 passing scores out of Kirk Cousins, but lost 34-24 to the Eagles on Monday at Lincoln Financial Field.

Betting Trends
  • Dallas is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games
  • Dallas is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games
  • Dallas is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Washington is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 18 of Washington's last 25 games
  • Washington is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
  • Washington is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Dallas home to Kansas City, Sunday, November 5
Washington at Seattle, Sunday, November 5