Monday Night Football Preview: Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins (12/7)
It’s amazing when you think about it; after all of the problems they’ve had this season, now suffering through TWO different injuries to Tony Romo, enduring a seven-game losing streak, and with only one win since early September, the Dallas Cowboys have still not been knocked out of the race for the division championship in the NFC East. So they take to the field against the Washington Redskins, who currently hold a rather tenuous edge for the title, in Monday night football action that will begin at 8:30 PM ET at FedEx Field in Landover, MD. If you are a customer at BetAnySports, you are lucky in that even after the game kicks off, you can continue with the wagering, as the numbers are ever-changing while the contest is in progress – all courtesy of the state-of-the-art software provided by Live Betting Extra.
Romo started Dallas’ last game, a 33-14 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Thanksgiving, and after throwing three interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown, he re-injured the collarbone that he fractured in the second game of the season against Philadelphia. So he had to be removed and Matt Cassel was back in the saddle. Cassel has been so-so for the Cowboys this season, as he has thrown five interceptions to go along with his five touchdown passes. It should be noted that Dallas has gone 0-7 in the games Romo has not started, with just a 1-6 spread record.
The Redskins seemed to come out of nowhere, but it is not as if they have surged into the lead in the division. In fact, they have not won back-to-back games all season long. But they have done a decent job of alternating wins and losses, so it’s been good enough. And it didn’t hurt that they came up with a big 20-14 win over the New York Giants last week, which evened up the season series with New York and gave them the tight-breaker advantage, at least for the time being.
In the Monday night football odds posted on this game by the people at BetAnySports, the Redskins are favored in this game:
Washington Redskins -3.5
Dallas Cowboys +3.5
Over 42 points -110
Under 42 points -110
Washington is right where it wants to be, which is at FedEx Field. That’s where they have compiled a 5-1 straight-up record (4-2 ATS). Quarterback Kirk Cousins has been quite the different performer in friendly territory, averaging 8.2 yards per attempt and 11 touchdowns, while being intercepted only twice. Now he has his ace downfield threat available once again; DeSean Jackson gave him a big play last week on a 63-yard touchdown catch, and he is averaging 17.7 yards per reception. Tight end Jordan Reed remains the most reliable target, and he caught eight passes for 98 yards last week. These will be the key men for the Redskins in the air attack.
BetAnySports patrons, however, know that when it comes to moving the chains, Washington simply must run the football successfully. They have averaged 142 yards on the ground at home, versus 45 on the road. But this ground attack has been slumping, and both Alfred Morris and Matt Jones are averaging just 3.6 yards per carry.
The other side of the coin is that Dallas has to get its own ground attack untracked to support Cassel, who cannot win a game on his arm alone. That means the only real viable option in the backfield, Darren McFadden, must come up with a good game. The former Arkansas star, who was up-and-down with the Oakland Raiders, has 634 yards on the season. Last week, Washington held the Giants to just 33 yards rushing, but had given up 175 yards per game on the ground over their previous six.
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