Dallas Cowboys versus Washington Redskins
In this classic NFC East rivalry, the Cowboys head to Washington as five-point favorites over the Redskins with the over/under at 46 ½.
Washington got off to a quick start in Philadelphia, ahead 20-7 at the half, but lost the game by the score of 32-27.
Dallas is coming off a 35-17 thrashing of the Giants at home.
The Cowboys had little resistance moving up and down the field against a weak New York defense.
Dak Prescott completed 78 percent of his passes for 405 yards and four touchdowns.
Wide receivers Michael Gallup and Amari Cooper combined for 16 receptions and 264 yards.
They are likely licking their chops to go against a Washington defense that gave up two 50+ yard touchdown receptions to DeSean Jackson last week.
Prescott was not sacked and the Redskins managed only one against Carson Wentz last week…
So Prescott should be in for a big day.
On the ground, Ezekiel Elliott had a relatively quiet day, rushing for 53 yards on 13 carries with a touchdown.
Tony Pollard added 24 yards but averaged less than two yards a carry.
They should be able to pick up the pace against the Redskins, who gave up 123 yards on the ground in week one.
For the Redskins, Case Keenum had a lot of success against the Eagles early…
then struggled much of the way until late in garbage time.
His stats were a little deceiving at 380 yards and three touchdowns.
Dallas had a sack and three forced fumbles last week and could give Keenum all kinds of trouble.
Terry McLaurin hauled in five passes for 125 yards and is Washington’s top threat as a rookie.
Running back Derrius Guice rushed for just 18 yards on 10 carries, while veteran Adrian Peterson was a healthy inactive.
It will be interesting to see who gets the call in this one. Chris Thompson caught seven out of the backfield for 68 yards.
Dallas gave up 151 on the ground against the Giants, but the Redskins don’t have a Saquon Barkley in their backfield.
Both kickers were solid in the opener.
Brett Maher converted all five of his extra points and Dustin Hopkins hit both of his field goal tries in Philadelphia.
Should the game come down to the kickers, give the edge to Washington.
Dallas will be in for a more competitive game than in week one.
Generally divisional games are hard fought and this won’t be an exception.
In the end, the Cowboys overall talent is superior than the Redskins and will walk out of Washington with a win and cover.
PICK- OVER 46.5
UPDATE – WON COWBOYS 31, REDSKINS 21