Cowboys, Redskins on the fringe of playoff contention
November 30, 2017 7:37 AM
by Bob Christ
The Week 13 NFL Thursday night meeting features two desperate teams on the fringe of playoff contention when the Dallas Cowboys play host to the Washington Redskins.
Both are 5-6 and two games behind in the wild-card standings. And neither has been building much momentum for a late charge. The loser here most certainly can be fitted for playoff toe tag.
Now for a closer look at this weekend's games. The odds are courtesy of Westgate Las Vegas.
Washington Redskins (5-6) at Dallas Cowboys (5-6)
Time: 5:25 p.m.
Line: Redskins by 1.5 (45.5)
Facts: The Cowboys have lost their past three games without RB Zeke Elliott (suspended), among other key performers, and have seen their Super odds go from 16-1 to 200-1. If they don't win here, Philadelphia clinches the NFC East... In Week 8, Dallas won in D.C. 33-19 as a 2.5-point pick, with Elliott getting a season-best 150 yards on a career-high 33 carries... In last year's meeting in the JerryDome, Dallas won 31-26, with Washington's Kirk Cousins throwing for 449 yards and three TDs... Redskins WR Jamison Crowder had 123 receiving yards in the Week 8 meeting, which was his best output of the year until getting 141 last week vs. NYG, a 20-10 Redskins victory. Cousins, though, was sacked six times behind a depleted OL.
Analysis: QB Dak Prescott and the Cowboys have been in a free fall with three straight losses by 20-plus points. In that span, Prescott was sacked 14 times, threw five INTs and had no TDs. His average per pass was 5.6 yards, which would rank 36th in the NFL over a season. Dallas also will be without its defensive anchor, LB Sean Lee (hamstring), and has been shuffling its secondary after the Chargers' Philip Rivers gouged it for 434 air yards on Turkey Day and a passer rating of 149.1, the second best for anyone this year. Washington has had a pile of injuries, too, including its top two RBs but bounced back with its second- and third-best rushing outputs the past two weeks. Since both offensive lines have been ravaged by injuries, including key OLTs, call that a wash. Cousins and Crowder give Washington a nice edge.
Forecast: Redskins 28, Cowboys 13