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PSF Game of the Week Dallas at Washington on FOX
Dallas at Washington: This is the game of the week for a reason. More or less it’s a playoff game. If the Cowboys win they grab excellent position to make the playoffs as a wild card or win the division. Dallas has their series with Philly later in the year which means if they won out there schedule, entirely possible with the way the offense is playing right now, they could win the division. Meanwhile if Washington wins it gives them a much better chance to lock up a wild card spot as the division is out of reach for them after a loss to Philadelphia. This is of course assuming Philly stays at its current pace. The Redskins come into this game stumbling on offense off a deflating loss on Monday night football. Meanwhile the Cowboys have found their groove and Zeke Elliott will be playing in this game. Yes this game is in Washington but I am taking the Cowboys in a shootout in what should be the best game of the week.
Dallas 38 Washington 28
Cowboys Redskins preview
The Cowboys are riding high after stomping the 49ers this past Sunday on the way to a 40-10 victory in which quarterback Dak Prescott threw for 234 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Redskins will be hosting their division rival after losing to the Eagles on Monday 34-24. Not only did the Redskins lose that game, but they also sustained some major injuries during the matchup with the Eagles that will play a huge factor in this game. Tackle Morgan Moses (sprained both ankles), guard Brandon Scherff (MCL sprain and lower back injury), and center Spencer Long (knee and quad tendinitis) will all be limited in their effectiveness if they play on Sunday, which gives DeMarcus Lawrence a huge advantage as a pass rusher. This will lead to ineffectiveness for the already questionable Redskins offense, allowing Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott to thrive once again. The Cowboys defense will look like a top 12 defense this week as they manhandle the roughed up Redskins offensive line on their way to a win and a 4-3 record.
Prediction: Cowboys 31, Redskins 17
One of the most difficult picks for me this week was Cowboys at Redskins. Picking this game came down to a couple of different things: who can control the game on the ground and who has the hot hand. The Cowboys check off both of those requirements for me. The Cowboys really needed to have the performance they put up against the 49ers last week. There has been so much off field chatter for this group between Ezekiel Elliot’s potential suspension and Jerry Jones comments regarding standing for the anthem, that they just needed a game where they went out and played football and played well. If Elliot can remain on the field and the leadership of Dak Prescott continues to develop, the Cowboys could get rolling.
On the flip side, the Redskins are coming off a poor performance against a very good Eagles team. The Redskins are having issues with the receivers as they try to thrust Josh Doctson into the role of WR1, the ground game has been inefficient outside of Chris Thompson (who has seen a majority of his work in the pass game) and they are banged up on defense. Even though the Redskins are playing at home, there is too much going against them this week and honestly, this could be the beginning of the end for this team.
Redskins will play close to begin the game as they work off the home crowd energy, but the Cowboys will pound their way to a win after pulling away late.
Cowboys 31 – Redskins 21
Neither of these teams have been particularly great this season in a (Other than the Eagles) very mediocre NFC East. This Cowboys Offense is looking incredibly average, and while the Cowboys pass rush has looked pretty good, spearheaded by Demarcus Lawrence, the rest of the defense hasn’t exactly been up to expectations. The biggest question of this Cowboys team- Will Strong Safety Jeff Heath play Kicker again this week? This Redskins team hasn’t looked much better than the Cowboys. Kirk Cousins isn’t exactly having a career season and with a ferocious Cowboy pass rush, that could mean trouble for Cousins. Defensively, Josh Norman is still out, so the rest of the secondary will need to step up.
Cowboys 20, Redskins 16.
On paper this game isn’t great, but it’s a division game and you can throw the paper out the window on these games. The cowboys are riding high after a 40-10 blowout of the 49ers. you can criticize the opponent, but I believe that game showed us what the Cowboys offensive line can play like. I suspect this dominance will continue this week as their going up against a Washington team that doesn’t have a great defensive front. Speaking of Washington, Their ground game has been terrible. Dallas wins with Zeke Elliot rushing for 125 yards and 2 TD’s.
Dallas 35, Washington 24