Line: Cowboys -5.5

This NFC matchup is a battle for first place between two teams with identical 2-3 records. Both teams have been disappointing thus far and yet have a chance to claim sole possession of first place in what has been a very disappointing season in the division. The Cowboys are coming off what owner Jerry Jones called a “moral victory” in a high scoring loss to the Broncos on Sunday afternoon. The game was the most entertaining game (as long as you like offense) that the NFL has had in many years. However in the end it came down to 2 things that consistently happen with the Cowboys. 1) Tony Romo threw yet another critical interception in the closing moments. 2) The Dallas defense cant get the big stop when necessary. The Redskins are coming off a bye week in which they hopefully figure out a way to get their struggling offense going.

The Redskins have had to implement Robert Griffin into the lineup after no preseason games and a summer spent in rehab as opposed to working with his receivers. The offense has started slow in every game thus far. Forcing the team to play from behind and be forced to pass the ball much more frequently. This leads to the team getting away from the major reason that they were such a good team last season, running the football. Alfred Morris had over 1600 yards as a rookie last season and has been a big disappointment thus far this season. Also Griffin was a big threat with as a runner from the quarterback position last season. This year it seems like a combination of the plays that are being called are not putting Griffin in a position to run and Griffin himself seems hesitant to take off downfield. An improved performance in the overall running game is crucial to the success of the Skins.

The Cowboys have had an up and down season resulting in their less than impressive record. They have had an inconsistent performance from Demarco Murray in the running game. They have had overall strong play from Tony Romo however he has not been clutch in the closing moments of games. The Dallas defense under new coordinator Monte Kiffin has been nothing short of awful. Kiffin’s 4-3 defense is a major change from the 3-4 system used by previous coordinator Rob Ryan yet most of the players remain the same. All Pro Outside linebacker Demarcus Ware is now a defensive end in this system and he has struggled to adjust.

The game is in Dallas and is in prime time. It may very well go a long way towards deciding the winner of the division. The major questions are the quarterbacks. Can Tony Romo win a big division game in his own building? Can Robert Griffin bring back the running element that made his rookie season such a success? The boys showed they can put points on the board last week and that will be enough

Pick: Cowboys -5.5

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