Washington Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys Betting Odds Preview - NFL Week 12
The second Thanksgiving game will be Washington Redskins at the Dallas Cowboys. Neither team has been outstanding or consistent this year. Dallas is very good with the pass and against it. The Redskins are very good with the run and against the run. But when they have to face a team that has the opposite strong-suit, each team struggles. Currently Dallas is 5-5 and Washington is 4-6. At home Dallas is 2-2 and away Washington is 2-3.
Dallas is a strong passing team, their pass game is ranked 7th in the NFL. QB Tony Romo has thrown for 2916 yards this season and 13 TDs. Unfortunately, he has also thrown 13 INTs and fumbled the ball 5 times. This is a good characterization of the Cowboys offense; very potent with the pass but prone to turnovers and errors. Their run game has been very poor as the season has progressed averaging just 83.1 yards per game. That is near the bottom of the NFL. On average the Cowboys score 21.1 points each game. However Dallas has averaged about 19 points per game in home games this season. Three injuries could hamper the Cowboys’ offense production this Thursday. WR Kevin Ogletree did not practice Monday because of a concussion. RB Felix Jones is questionable because of a knee injury. OT Tyron Smith is listed as doubtful because of an ankle injury that will make him a game time decision.
Washington rookie QB Robert Griffin III and RB Alfred Morris have carried the ball for the Redskins to a 2nd in NFL ranking for per game rushing yards. Combined they have score 11 TDs this season amounting to nearly 1500 yards this season. What makes the Washington offense a potentially better offense is that their weakness, the passing game, is stronger than the Cowboys’ weakness, the run game. The Redskins have averaged 214.7 yards passing per game while the Cowboys average 284.3 yards passing per game. The Redskins run an average of 165 yards per game which is much better than Dallas’ 83.1 yards. Washington has averaged 25.7 points per game. They have averaged 23.4 points on the road.
Defensively Washington allows an average of 25.4 points and Dallas allows an average of 22.4 points per game. Dallas is very good against the pass and average against the run. Washington is very good against the run but very poor against the pass. It should be noted that Washington lost starting Safety Brandon Meriweather for the season to injury, MLB London Fletcher is questionable with an ankle injury and CB Josh Wilson is also questionable with a shoulder strain. However, defensively the each team matches up well against their opponents’ offense; which makes a very close game feasible.
Two reasons to take the Cowboys would be home field advantage on Thanksgiving, and that they are 15-7 since 2001 against Washington. Two reasons to think Washington could upset are a higher scoring offense and that Dallas has played very poorly in their past two games this season. As for the over/under, it is a very tough decision. Stay away from that bet if you are worried about the injuries. If not the average says the under is the better bet.
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