The Washington Commanders are in trouble. After winning in Week 1, they’ve lost by a combined 35 points the last two weeks. They appear to be falling apart quickly.
Meanwhile, the Dallas Cowboys are dealing with a very difficult quarterback injury quite admirably and effectively.
Two teams in different situations meet in a fascinating Week 4 game. Which side is the best bet on the NFL odds?
The Commanders look really bad under Ron Rivera. Their win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 1 looks much better now that the Jags are favorites in the AFC South.
However, the Washington Commanders responded to that victory by playing two terrible games against the Detroit Lions and the Philadelphia Eagles.
This past Sunday, Carson Wentz was awful against the Eagles, his former team. The Washington offense was smothered and could not generate any consistent production in an NFC East battle.
It’s true that Wentz did not receive good pass protection as the team gave up nine sacks. There are 23 defenses in the NFL that have less than nine sacks on the season; the Commanders gave up nine in one game.
Dallas has a very strong defense, which is why they’ve won back-to-back games without Dak Prescott. They lead the NFL with 13 sacks. If they pressure Wentz and razzle him, they’ll easily cash on the NFL betting odds.
The Cowboys have shown a lot of resourcefulness and toughness over the past few weeks. They have not had Prescott on the field (injury), but they have won two straight games with backup quarterback Cooper Rush taking over the team.
Rush is not an exceptional quarterback, but he avoids the big mistakes, which is the main key for any backup quarterback in the NFL. Just don’t lose the game. He is protecting the ball and is providing solid, competent leadership.
The Dallas Cowboys are getting enough from their running game to control the ball and establish field position for their defense.
That’s why they played well against Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2 before turning around and containing the New York Giants on Monday Night Football in Week 3.
Against Washington and Wentz, the formula for Dallas won’t change: Play defense and get field position. Make the other team drive the length of the field. Force turnovers. Win the turnover battle.
Those all seem possible this week against Washington – especially since the Cowboys are at home.
Commanders vs Cowboys Injury Report
Commanders vs Cowboys Head-to-Head
The teams last met in late December of 2021. The Cowboys won, 56-14.
Commanders vs Cowboys Game Information
- Game: Commanders vs Cowboys
- Location: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
- Day/Time: Sunday, Oct. 2, 1:00 p.m. ET
- How to watch Commanders vs Cowboys? ESPN
Cowboys vs Giants Live stream: NFL Game Pass
Commanders vs Cowboys Betting Lines
The odds in this chart are based on the time of publication. They are subject to change.
Commanders vs Cowboys Prediction
The Cowboys are just a small favorite in the sportsbook, which is surprising. They are finding ways to win and are quite confident right now.
Meanwhile, the Commanders’ offense looks brutal. This game has the makings of a low-scoring contest, something like 17-13. The under looks like a really good play here.
If you’re looking for a side for your NFL picks, the Cowboys have to be the choice right now. It’s hard to back this Washington team – especially on the road.