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Washington Football Team vs Dallas Cowboys Preview

Given up for dead a couple of weeks ago, Dallas (3-7 SU, 2-8 ATS) is very much alive in the playoff hunt after an upset win at Minnesota last week. The Cowboys can take the lead in the NFC East with a victory over Washington (3-7, 4-5-1), which could do the same with a win, and whipped Dallas 25-3 last month in D.C.

Washington Football Team vs Dallas Cowboys
  • Date/Time: November 26, 4:30 p.m. ET
  • Stadium: AT&T Stadium
  • TV Coverage: Fox
  • Opening Odds: Cowboys -2.5 | O/U 47.5 (Line History)
  • Washington vs Cowboys Matchup Report

Opening Odds Analysis

Washington was a 1-point home underdog when these teams met in Week 7. Oddsmakers made just a 1.5-point adjustment for the rematch in Dallas, and early bettors seemed to see value on the Cowboys. Dallas had been bet up to -3 by Monday night.

Washington News & Notes

Washington’s 20-9 win Sunday over Cincinnati may look like a dominant effort from the defense, but don’t be fooled. Washington allowed a season-high 247 yards in the first half but benefited from a pair of missed field goals, a fourth-and-goal stop and a missed extra point. Washington has now given up at least 200 yards in the opening half in three straight games.

It wasn’t until Cincy quarterback Joe Burrow was injured in the third quarter that Washington’s top-ranked pass defense began stopping the Bengals. Ryan Finley, Burrow’s backup, completed just three of 10 passes, threw an interception and was sacked four times. Washington enters this week ranked second in the NFL in sack percentage at 9.41 percent.

Offensively, quarterback Alex Smith earned his first victory since returning from the devastating broken leg that sidelined him two years ago, but Washington’s greatest success came on the ground. Antonio Gibson, J.D. McKissic and Peyton Barber all recorded runs of 11 yards or more as the team rushed 34 times for 164 yards.

Dallas News & Notes

After failing to cover the spread in any of their first eight games, the Cowboys have covered each of their last two outings by a touchdown or more. That includes Sunday’s 31-28 come-from-behind victory at Minnesota, when Andy Dalton threw for three touchdowns and Ezekiel Elliott ran for a season-high 103 yards.

The win marked the first time Dallas had scored more than 30 points in a game since October 11 against the Giants, when starting QB Dak Prescott suffered a season-ending ankle injury.

The Cowboys’ much-maligned defense has also played a key role in the team’s recent turnaround. Dallas, which was torched for 30-plus points in five of its first six games, has not allowed more than 28 in any of its last four. The Cowboys also recovered a pair of Minnesota fumbles on Sunday.

Betting Pick: OVER 47.5

The OVER has cashed in eight of the last 10 meetings, and it should again here with Dallas finally showing some life again offensively. Washington has allowed at least 30 points in three of its four road outings this year, while the Cowboys have given up 34 or more in four of five at home.

Shark Bites
  • Washington is 0-6 SU in its last 6 road games.
  • Dallas is 8-0 SU and 7-1 ATS in its last 8 divisional home games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of the last 10 meetings.