Sunday’s prime time game features an NFC East rivalry matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Football Team.
The Cowboys are firmly in control of the NFC East while Washington’s Wild Card hopes are quickly dissipating. That might explain why Dallas is an 11-point home favorite with an over/under of 47 points.
On the heels of three straight wins, the Cowboys are one win away from clinching the NFC East title. At the same time, they are just one game behind Green Bay for the best record in the NFC. Dallas should play at least one home playoff game this season, but the Cowboys could set their sights a little higher.
Meanwhile, Washington’s loss to the Eagles on Tuesday will be tough to overcome. At 6-8, the WFT is technically just one game out of a playoff spot. But there are three teams to jump over to get there, so Washington has no margin for error over the final three weeks.
Door One, Two or Three
Washington has used three quarterbacks over their last two games and all three could potentially start this week.
Taylor Heinicke will start if he’s cleared from COVID protocol, although he was awful against the Cowboys two weeks ago, completing just 11 of his 25 passes for 122 yards. On top of that, leading rusher Antonio Gibson is questionable and top receiver Terry McLaurin has struggled to get involved over the last month.
Defensively, Washington was fortunate to get some of its starting defensive linemen back for last week’s game. However, the rest of the defense is full of players who are questionable at best for Sunday.
Even if they can get back to full strength, the WFT is giving up 25.1 points per game on the season and has conceded 27 points in back-to-back weeks.
Despite the Cowboys rattling off three straight wins, something appears off with Dak Prescott and the Dallas offense. He’s thrown as many interceptions as he has touchdowns over the last three games and hasn’t been willing to push the ball down the field.
Prescott is surely the one holding back the Dallas offense right now, although he has the supporting cast around him to turn things around.
The Dallas defense has also been more helpful than usual lately. The Cowboys are giving up 20.9 points per game on the season but have held six of their last eight opponents to 20 points or less.
Micah Parsons has managed to give Dallas a viable pass rush while Trevon Diggs and his 10 interceptions make the Cowboys a threat to create takeaways.
Forget About It
The Cowboys managed to beat Washington two weeks ago despite a less-than-perfect performance. With the questions facing Washington right now, they don’t have the firepower to match Dallas if Prescott can get himself back on track.
Of course, the Cowboys have managed to win three straight without Prescott at his best, which means they should have enough to win and cover 11 points against a struggling Washington team.
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