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Washington Football Team At Dallas Cowboys Picks & SNF Betting Predictions

Washington Football Team At Dallas Cowboys Picks & SNF Betting Predictions

The Washington Football Team is in must-win mode but it won’t be easy, coming off a short week to face the NFC East-leading Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football. Washington (6-8) played the rival Eagles on Tuesday due to COVID protocols forcing a postponement. The Cowboys beat WFT 27-20 just two weeks ago and it wasn’t that close; Dallas led 24-0 at one point.

While the Cowboys (10-4) are firmly in control of their division and a playoff berth, WFT needs this to keep any postseason hopes afloat. Betting sites and most betting apps have host Dallas at -10.5 in the latest Washington vs. Cowboys NFL spreads range, up from -9 at opening odds.

Check out the latest Cowboys vs Washington odds, betting lines, injury report and more.

Washington vs. Cowboys Key Matchups

Dak Prescott vs. Washington Pass Defense: Prescott hasn’t thrown for over 238 yards in a game in three weeks and averages 231 ypg vs. Washington in nine games. WFT’s pass D ranks 29th at 272 ypg.

Taylor Heinicke vs. Cowboys CBs: Dallas has 23 INTs, the most in the NFL and it's led by Trevon Diggs’ 10 picks. Heinicke has at least one INT in three straight games and in nine of 13 games played overall.

Tony Pollard vs. WFT Front 7: When the Cowboys’ No. 2 back gets 40 yards rushing, the team is 8-1. When he doesn’t, the record is just 1-3. Washington ranks eighth in rush yards allowed.


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5 Key Washington vs. Cowboys Stats

8: TDs allowed in the pass game to running backs, by the Washington defense. That’s the most in the NFL – but Dallas has just one RB receiving TD all year.

40.6: Yards per game average of RB Ezekiel Elliott vs. Washington over the last three meetings. He averaged 102.4 ypg the previous seven meetings of his career.

222: Yards per game average for Dak Prescott the last three games. He was averaging 293 ypg the first 10 games.

2,415: Yards allowed to opposing receivers by the Cowboys. Only four teams have allowed more.

2,475: Yards allowed to receivers by Washington. Just two teams are higher than that. Dallas’ top three yards-per-game pass-catchers are WRs.


Washington vs. Cowboys Weather Forecast

Sunday night in the Dallas area is going to be as good as it gets for a Christmas weekend. Sunday’s high is expected to reach 80 degrees, with little-to-no chance of rain. Temperatures for the kickoff at AT&T Stadium should be in the 70s, perhaps dropping into the upper 60s for the second half.


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Washington vs. Cowboys Moneyline

When it comes to NFL betting on the moneyline, favored Dallas is a hefty -475 on the moneyline, while Washington is set at +350.

Clearly the Cowboys are the better team, clearly they’re playing better right now, and they just got done taking care of Washington a couple weeks ago. Certainly Taylor Heinicke can do better than the 11-of-25 performance he had vs. Dallas prior. But so can Dak Prescott (22-of-39, 211 yards). Barring protocols damaging a depth chart, it’s hard to imagine Dallas dropping this one. Dallas on the ML is a safe bet, but one that doesn’t offer much value.

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Washington vs. Cowboys Point Spread

The Cowboys are favored by 10.5 points on a point spread line that has jumped a solid 1.5 points in Dallas’ direction. Dallas has won 10 games and covered the spread in all 10. But despite the hammering by these Cowboys, Washington was playing well lately, too, winning four straight, each as the underdog. That was until they were hit by COVID and went down to the Eagles with a third-string QB.

On the surface, this seems like a lot of points to give a Washington team that has been overachieving. But WFT is 1-4 ATS when getting 6.5 or more points as the underdog. The only time Dallas has been a double-digit home favorite, it was blown out 30-16 by the Broncos. We lean with Washington, especially with the hook, but don’t trust either team in this spot.

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Washington vs. Cowboys Totals

NFL sportsbooks have posted an Over/Under of 47 points for Sunday Night Football – that number dropped from an opening line of 48, thanks mainly to the offensive woes each team is in the midst of dealing with.

Washington has scored between 17-20 points in each of the last three weeks. Dallas has been much less consistent, but has put up at least 27 in four of the last six games. This game hit 47 points the first meeting, but Washington didn’t produce early and Dallas laid off the gas late.

One key difference? The location. Dallas is averaging 35.5 ppg at home and its six home games have averaged a whopping 58.5 ppg. Heinicke is due for a couple ridiculous scores and this is the place for it. The Over is worth strongly considering as part of your NFL picks package for Week 16.

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About the Author

Adam Thompson for Bookies.com
Adam Thompson
NFL writer and expert Adam Thompson joined Bookies.com in 2019 after a successful run as senior handicapper for SportsLine and CBSSports.com.