Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins Betting Predictions

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Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins Betting Predictions

The NFC East is a dumpster fire right now as every team is at least two games under .500 and within one game of the division lead. The current front runners, the Dallas Cowboys, have a tricky matchup this week on the road against Washington, who gambled and lost last week on a two-point conversion at the end of the game. The Cowboys were thrashed by Arizona and though I don’t think Washington will dominate, Dallas is in a tailspin right now that Washington should take advantage of this week.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins Betting Odds

The Dallas offense was a mess last week against Arizona in its first game without Dak Prescott at the helm. The Cowboys had four turnovers against the Cardinals and didn’t score a touchdown until the final three minutes of the game with the outcome already sealed. The defense continued to be a disaster as well, but that at least can be overcome if the offense can click. Andy Dalton threw the ball 54 times and still only gained 266 yards, which is definitely not the ratio you want from your starting quarterback. The running game was sub-par as well at just 3.6 yards per carry and the Cowboys just looked like a team missing its offensive leader. That puts more pressure on the defense to figure it out, not that there is any sign the Cowboys are any closer to stopping teams. Kyler Murray only completed nine of his 24 attempts, but he made them count with long touchdown throws and other deep passes to exploit the porous secondary.

Washington presents an interesting conundrum for Dallas because this is a defense that ranks sixth in the NFL in terms of yards allowed. I’m a bit more skeptical on the fact Washington ranks second in passing defense because most teams are running the ball against Washington late in games with big leads, but it also should be noted. This defense will give the Cowboys problems, especially if Ezekiel Elliott hasn’t solved his fumbling problems. The bigger question is whether or not the Washington offense can exploit the Dallas defense for enough points to win. Washington has one of the worst offenses in the NFL, but then again we said that about the Giants, who hung 34 on the Cowboys two weeks ago. Antonio Gibson should have a big day for Washington and it will be a good test of Kyle Allen’s abilities in his third start for the team.

The bet on the total points in this game was set at 46, and that is a very interesting number. Dallas’ offense couldn’t score until very late against Arizona, but Washington’s defense isn’t as good as the Cardinals’ unit. Washington doesn’t have the quarterback to throw for a lot of yards against this Cowboys’ defense, but it could run the ball a lot on Dallas. Last week’s Dallas game barely eclipsed that 46-point total, so I’ll stick with the under 46 points total for -110 odds at the New Jersey online sports betting sites. As part of that, though, I’ll take the under 23 points on Dallas for -106 odds because I don’t trust this Cowboys offense to score without Prescott.

Redskins to win

Washington is a slim one-point favorite, so there isn’t much difference between betting it on the spread or the moneyline. This truly is a pick’em game between two divisional rivals who have serious flaws. The only reason I’m leaning toward Washington in this game is because I don’t trust the Cowboys defense to be able to get off the field. Washington showed just enough offense last week to prove it could take advantage of Dallas’ weak points, and the defense is surprisingly good this year despite the lackluster record. In the end, I’m betting on a 1-13-point win for Washington at +170 odds at the NFL betting sites in New Jersey.

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