Thursday Night NFL Preview – Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys
The Washington Redskins are barely hanging on to some playoff hope right now, so they will take their wins anyway they can get them, even if they come as ugly as they did against the New York Giants on Thanksgiving. As for the Dallas Cowboys, they like to forget what happened on Thanksgiving, because it further plunged to them below the level of mediocrity. These teams will meet up on Thursday in a game where the loser will almost definitely be watching the post-season on television; not to say that the winner will necessarily take a giant step toward the playoffs. The action begins at 8:25 PM ET at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, and while it is being televised on both NBC and the NFL Network, BetAnySports customers can engage in real-time wagering as they take advantage of what is available through Live Betting Ultra.
The Redskins did not play particularly well in their 20-10 victory over the Giants, and once again their offensive line appeared to be a mess, allowing Kirk Cousins to get sacked six times. They appeared to have lost right tackle Morgan Moses to a leg injury, but they’ve got some good news, in that their left tackle, Trent Williams, has every intention of playing in this game after missing the last one with a knee injury. Williams has been battling this thing all season long, yet has allowed only one sack, and Washington badly needs him to fight off DeMarcus Lawrence, the Dallas defensive end who only has one sack in his last four games but still has 11.5 for the season.
The Cowboys have absolutely gone nowhere without running back Ezekiel Elliott, who is now sitting out the fourth game of his six-game suspension related to domestic violence. The first three games have gone so badly for Dallas that they have scored a total of 22 points and managed to achieve something no previous Cowboy team had in the past, which is to score less than ten points in three consecutive games. Just imagine this is the same team that last season went 14-2 during the regular season.
Both of these NFC East squads are 5-6, both straight-up and against the football pointspread.
In the Thursday night NFL betting odds posted on this game by the folks at BetAnySports, the Redskins are the slight favorite on the road:
Washington Redskins -1.5
Dallas Cowboys +1.5
Over 47 points -110
Under 47 points -110
There’s been a lot of talk around the Dallas camp that perhaps Jason Garrett should take over play-calling duties once again, but he is expressing confidence in Scott Linehan, the offensive coordinator. Yes, it’s a matter of execution, but also there is nothing to really replace Elliott, who defensive coordinators had to “game-plan” around. In these last three games, quarterback Dak Prescott has thrown five interceptions without a touchdown, and in their Thanksgiving outing they were totally embarrassing, losing 28-6 to the Los Angeles Chargers. Prescott had an interception returned for a touchdown, and the Cowboys never really seriously threatened after halftime.
And let’s take special note, for the sake of BetAnySports patrons – they gave up 434 passing yards to Philip Rivers. We know that Cousins has had at least a little difficulty adjusting to new receivers this season, and Jordan Reed will miss yet another game, but you know this is a well-conceived scheme and that Cousins knows it backwards and forwards. What the Redskins have to have in this one is another credible performance out of rookie running back Samaje Perine, who’s had 217 yards on the ground last two weeks. We say this because they have no depth in the backfield; both Chris Thompson and Rob Kelley are out with injuries, so Perine is basically the whole ballgame.
Thompson in particular was a nice target out of the backfield for Cousins, catching 39 passes, and Perine doesn’t necessarily offer that kind of option. So Cousins will have to rely on the continued development of former first-round draft pick Josh Doctson, who has averaged 15.6 yards per catch. Meanwhile, something has to wake up the Prescott-Dez Bryant connection, which has produced less than eleven yards per completion.
Guard Zack Martin has been cleared out of concussion protocol; he is one of the best offensive linemen in all of pro football, and that would help any potential running game Dallas has. But Sean Lee will miss another game; the star linebacker is without question the key to the Cowboys’ defense. The Redskins like to operate at medium-range quite a bit, and Rivers burned them all over the field last week. We don’t really see a winning formula for Dallas at the moment, so perhaps laying the small number with the Redskins, as imperfect as they are, is the way to go here.
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