Washington Redskins vs Dallas Cowboys Predictions

Since winning six games in a row after a season-opening loss, winning the NFC East seemed like just a formality for the Dallas Cowboys. They can make it reality on Sunday Night Football with a win over the defending division champion Washington Football Team.

The Boys have turned things around this season and are still in contention for the No. 1 seed in the conference thanks to a three-game winning streak spurned by a relentless defense. It might be hard for the team formerly known as the Redskins to score points with an unstable quarterback position, but hey, the games must go on.

Washington Redskins vs Dallas Cowboys Date & Time

This Week 16 NFL regular season game between the Washington Football Team and Dallas Cowboys will take place at ATT Stadium in Arlington, TX at 8:20 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 26, 2021 and will be televised on NBC.

Washington Redskins vs Dallas Cowboys Odds

Washington Football Team +11 | Dallas Cowboys -11 [BET NOW]

Washington Redskins vs Dallas Cowboys Over/Under

Over/Under 47.5 [BET NOW]

Odds Analysis

The line will definitely be fluid leading into kickoff. The Football Team was without a number of players for their rescheduled tilt with the Eagles on Tuesday, including their top two quarterbacks. And with a short week we’re not sure if either Taylor Heinicke or Kyle Allen will be ready to go. That sent bettors flocking to the Cowboys forcing the line as high as Dallas -11. Ravaged by injuries and COVID the current spread is the largest in any Washington game this season. They closed as a 10-point dog against the Eagles pushing the line in a 27-17 setback.

Dallas has won three in a row SU and ATS after a two-game slide made things interesting in the NFC East. But the Cowboys have emerged as the class of the division and can secure the crown with a victory. They knocked off Washington, 27-20, in the middle of their streak covering the 6.5-point line in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score.

Washington Football Team

The biggest question is who’s going to play for Washington on Sunday night. A number of players were put on the COVID list last week forcing their Week 15 game to Tuesday night and not surprisingly the Football Team saw its playoff hopes dim with a loss.

They haven’t been a juggernaut offensively to begin with averaging just over 20 points, and it got worse with both QBs shelved, so in stepped Garrett Gilbert on Tuesday. Gilbert didn’t play poorly completing 20 of 31 for 194 yards and no turnovers, but the group looked out of sync on a few plays that could have made a difference. The status of Heinicke and Allen remains cloudy meaning there’s a chance we could see Gilbert again on Sunday.

One thing about the Football Team is that they come to play and never quit. That was evident in the first meeting when they trailed 24-0 at halftime in a game that had major implications in the division race at the time. The performance in the second half was much better and a defensive touchdown made the final score closer. Still, without a lot of pop on offense and potentially without its top two signal callers, it’s going to be hard for the Football Team to produce enough points to cover the double-digit spread or even win the game.

Dallas Cowboys

The talk surrounding the team before and even into the season was how the offense was among the best in the NFL. While that’s been the case with Dallas boasting the No. 1 total offense and second highest scoring unit in the league, it’s been the defense that’s taken them to the verge of the first division title since 2018.

Only one opponent has scored more than 20 points in the previous six games and the group stepped up again last week. Granted they were facing a weak Giants team and a backup QB in that one, but they held NY to just two field goals while forcing four turnovers. And takeaways have played a huge role in the current winning streak.

Led by Trevon Diggs, who leads the NFL with 10 interceptions, the Cowboys have snared 23 opponent offerings while tying for the league lead with 31 takeaways. They’ve forced four turnovers in each of the past three games. And while they give up a lot of yards they defense limits the damage by allowing just under 21 points per game. “We can’t call ourselves the best unless we do what we have to do and win the championship,” DeMarcus Lawrence said.

Prediction: Dallas Cowboys -11 and UNDER 47.5

Washington Redskins vs Cowboys Prediction

I guess we can say Mike McCarthy is no longer in danger of losing his job. On the hot seat last year when the team finished 6-10, things have turned for the Boys. The offense has been spotty but remains one of the best in the league. The real difference has been on defense. Hiring Dan Quinn as coordinator was a genius move and the group has played stingy ball the last two months. And I don’t see Washington doing much to change the narrative.

Prediction: Dallas Cowboys -11 and UNDER 47.5

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