Washington (6-3-1) at Dallas (9-1)
When: Thursday, November 24th 2016
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
Time: 4:30 ET | TV: FOX
For the eighth time in their long history, the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys will meet on Thanksgiving Day with the Cowboys holding a commanding 6-1 edge. Dallas will also be looking for the season sweep of Washington after coming back in Week 2 in their first meeting to win 27-23. That victory was the first of nine in a row that the Cowboys currently ride into Turkey Day with the Redskins. The rookie duo of QB Dak Prescott and RB Ezekiel Elliott have been the biggest reason for Dallas’ successful season thus far. Together, they have produced 400 total yards in eight straight games. Elliott has run for nine touchdowns and is leading the NFL with 1,102 yards rushing while Prescott has relegated Tony Romo to the clipboard, throwing for 867 yards, eight scores and zero interceptions in his last three games. Prescott is the first rookie to throw for more than 300 yards and at least two TDs in back-to-back games. Wide receiver Dez Bryant, who missed more than a month due to injury, had a pair of scoring receptions Sunday against Baltimore and went over 100 yards in the first meeting. Dallas’s weakness on defense is against the pass, allowing an average of 263.5 yards per contest.
Overshadowed by the Dallas, but not to be overlooked, are the Washington Redskins, who are 6-1-1 since their 0-2 start. They are coming off an impressive win over Green Bay on Sunday night at home, 42-24. Kirk Cousins threw a untimely interception that led to the winning touchdown in the first matchup against Dallas, but he is coming off a excellent outing against the Packers in which he recorded 375 yards in the air and three scores while posting a season-best 145.8 passer rating. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson returned from injury Sunday to help a deep receiving corps that includes Pierre Garcon, Jamison Crowder and tight end Jordan Reed. Vernon Davis and Reed combined for 10 catches and 121 yards in Week 2. Rookie running back Rob Kelley has ignited the ground game, rushing for 137 yards and three TDs on Sunday and has 321 yards in his first three starts. Washington’s defense is sixth in the league with 27 sacks, including four versus Dallas in Week 2. Washington remains a game and a half behind Dallas in the competitive NFC East.
I know Dallas is 9-0 against the spread or 8-0-1 depending on where you look, but this Washington team has been playing as well as anyone in the league right now and Cousins is starting to get very comfortable with this offense and has the weapons to throw to. I expect a shootout Thursday afternoon with the Redskins keeping it close all the way through.
Pick: Redskins +7