One of the best rivalries in the NFL is renewed on Sunday afternoon and it’s a must-win game for both Dallas and Washington if either team has any shot at catching Philadelphia, the team with the NFL’s best record, in the NFC East Division. The Washington Redskins are slight home underdogs on the NFL odds.
Week 8 NFL Odds, Analysis & Prediction on Cowboys at Redskins
— David Helman (@HelmanDC) October 26, 2017
When: Sunday, 4:25 PM ET
Where: FedEx Field, Landover, Md.
Radio: 105.3 FM (Dallas) / WTEM 980 AM (Washington)
Stream Option: NFL Live
Opening NFL Odds: Cowboys -2 (50.5)
- Rain: 10°C/50°F
- Humidity: 70%
- Precipitation: 65%
- Wind: 9 mph NNW
- Cloud Cover: 100%
- Type of Stadium: Open
The Cowboys swept Washington on the way to the NFC East title. It was 27-23 in Maryland in Week 2. Alfred Morris scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 4-yard run with under five minutes left against his former club, taking advantage after Washington’s Kirk Cousins threw an end-zone interception. Dak Prescott threw for 292 yards and ran for a score. Ezekiel Elliott finished with 83 yards on 21 carries, including a 1-yard TD run. But he was benched late due to a fumble. Cousins went 28 for 46 for 364 yards.
In Week 12 in Dallas, on Thanksgiving, Dallas won 31-26. Prescott accounted for two touchdowns, and Elliott ran for a pair of scores. Cousins threw for 449 yards and three scores.
Latest NFL Betting Trends
- Cowboys are 4-9 ATS in the last 13 games
- Cowboys are 16-6 SU in the last 22 games
- The total went OVER in 4 of Dallas’s last 5 games
- Redskins are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 games
- Redskins are 6-3 SU in the last 9 games at home
- The total went OVER in 18 of Washington’s last 25 games
Why Bet On the Dallas Cowboys’ NFL Odds?
The Dallas Cowboys defeated the 49ers 40-10 last week in San Francisco to even the team’s record at 3-3. Prescott threw three touchdown passes and rushed for one score while running back racked up 219 scrimmage yards (147 rushing, 72 receiving) and three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving).
Prescott, who is currently in his second season, has seven career games with at least three touchdown passes with one or zero interceptions. Dan Marino (nine) had more such games in a player’s first two seasons. At the moment Prescott has a 78.1 Total QBR — the same number he had through six games last season. But the has been a 30-play increase in the number of action plays for the Cowboys quarterback. Currently, Prescott trails only Houston’s Deshaun Watson in Total QBR.
This could be the last game Elliott plays for a while as a ruling on the NFL’s six-game suspension and Elliott’s current injunction against it is expected early next week. It’s a toss-up who wins that. If Elliott does, he likely won’ t have to serve the suspension until the start of next season.
There’s one team that Jay Gruden hasn’t much figured during his three and a half seasons as the Redskins coach: the Cowboys. Since Week 17 of the 2015 season, the Redskins have lost four of five to the Cowboys and that only win came in a game where Dallas was forced to start Kellen Moore at quarterback.
- Average Score For: 27.50
- Total Yards: 380.33
- Pass Yards: 232.83
- Rush Yards: 147.50
- Average Score Against: 23.67
- Total Yards: 331.50
- Pass Yards: 216
- Rush Yards: 115.50
Why Bet On the Washington Redskins’s NFL Odds?
Washington lost 34-24 at Philly on Monday night and its banged-up offensive line saw a few more guys leave injured. Cousins completed 30-of-40 passes for 306 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. He was sacked four times, and the interception was a terrible throw right to DB Corey Graham deep in the Redskins’ territory on a play Cousins was hit by the pass rush. It essentially sealed the loss for the Redskins. Chris Thompson rushed seven times for 38 yards and caught all five of his targets for 26 yards and one touchdown.
Cousins leads the NFC with a 107.2 passer rating and 8.27 yards-per-pass average. He has passed for at least 300 yards in three of his past four games and has thrown multiple touchdown passes in each of his past four games. Thompson leads the Redskins in both receiving yards (366) and rushing yards (213). He is the only player in the NFL this season to lead his club in both categories.
Up front, the Redskins are ravaged by injury — notably left tackle Trent Williams and his ailing knee. Three of his starting linemates also face injury questions this week, and possibly a few more: guard Brandon Scherff (knee), center Spencer Long (knee/quad) and right tackle Morgan Moses (ankles). The latter struggled against Philadelphia playing on two injured ankles.
The Skins are hopeful that top cornerback Josh Norman will return from a ribs injury. Norman has missed two games since the Redskins’ Week 5 bye. He has practiced on a limited basis this week.
- Average Score For: 23.50
- Total Yards: 369.16
- Pass Yards: 254.33
- Rush Yards: 114.83
- Average Score Against: 24.50
- Total Yards: 325.17
- Pass Yards: 231.50
- Rush Yards: 93.67
- Total Meetings: 114
- First Meeting: October 9th, 1960. Griffith Stadium. Washington, D.C.
- Last Meeting: November 24th, 2016. AT&T Stadium. Arlington, Texas
- All-Time Series: Dallas Cowboys 66-44-2
- Largest Margin of Victory: Dallas 38-3 (19993)
- Longest Win Streak: Dallas 10 (1997-2002)
- Current Win Streak: Dallas 2 (2016)
Expert Prediction & NFL Betting Pick for Week 8
Love that Dallas is giving less than 3 points here – Skins at less than full strength and likely to be without a few of those O-Lineman and maybe Norman. Take Dallas in the NFL odds.