It seems more of a case of when and not if in terms of the Dallas Cowboys winning their 21st NFC East title but the first since 2018. A three-game winning streak, including two wins against division rivals, gives Dallas a three-game lead on Philadelphia.
Washington has dropped its last two games after moving into a position to compete for a Wild-Card spot.
The Dallas Cowboys are 4-2 at home and still have a chance to have at least one game at home in the playoffs.
The Cowboys (+500) are tied for the third-best odds to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl trailing only defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay (+250) and current NFC top-seed Green Bay (+250).
Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott (-800) has the best odds to be named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year as he has thrown for nearly 3600 yards with 25 touchdown passes after an injury-shortened 2020 season.
Game: Washington (6-8) at Dallas (10-4)
Location: AT&T Stadium
Day/Time: Sunday, December 26, 8:20 p.m. ET
|Washington||+10½ (-110)||+370||46½ (-110o)|
|Dallas||-10½ (-110)||-470||46½ (-110u)|
The visiting Dallas Cowboys were listed by the NFL picks against the spread as 6½-point favorites over the Washington Football Tam when the teams played on December 12.
The Cowboys jumped to a 24-0 lead thanks to an Amari Cooper touchdown catch and a fumble return for a touchdown by Dorance Armstrong. Taylor Heinicke’s touchdown pass and Jonathan Williams’ short scoring run pulled Washington within 13 points. Cole Holcomb returned an interception for a score to make it a one-score game but Washington failed to complete the comeback.
The 27-20 win by Dallas allowed the Cowboys to cover for the second game in a row.
The game went just under the 48-point total and was the third straight Washington game to finish under the total.
Washington Football Team
Next game: vs. Philadelphia
The visiting Washington Football Team was a 10-point underdog according to the NFL betting lines against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Philadelphia erased an early 10-point Washington lead as a pair of Jalen Hurts touchdown runs helped Philadelphia go in front by 10.
Washington got within three points on a Jaret Patterson TD run but Greg Ward’s touchdown catch with 7:46 left to play wrapped by Philadelphia’s 27-17 win as the Eagles moved ahead of Washington and into second place in the NFC East.
Receiver Curtis Samuel (groin) and defensive lineman Daniel Wise (knee) are questionable. Quarterbacks Kyle Allen and Taylor Heinicke, defensive backs Kamren Curl, Kendall Fuller and Darrick Forrest, linebacker Milo Eifler are on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (hip) is on injured reserve. Tight end Logan Thomas (knee), defensive lineman Chase Young (leg), offensive lineman Wes Schweitzer (ankle), kicker Joey Slye (hamstring), and defensive back Benjamin St-Juste (concussion) are on injured reserve.
Practice report; This is an estimation from the team since they held a walk-through today:
RB Antonio Gibson (toe)
S Landon Collins (foot)
CB William Jackson (calf)
DE Daniel Wise (knee)
WR Curtis Samuel (hamstring)
— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) December 23, 2021
Next game: vs. Arizona
The visiting Dallas Cowboys were listed by the Las Vegas odds as 12-point favorites against the New York Giants.
A 13-yard run by Ezekiel Elliott gave Dallas a lead midway through the first quarter. Dallas would never trail and three Greg Zuerlein field goals gave the Cowboys a 15-3 lead at halftime. A Dalton Schultz touchdown catch with 1:57 left clinched the 21-6 victory.
It was the third straight Dallas game to go under the total as the game fell well short of the 435 point total.
Offensive linemen Tyron Smith (ankle) and Josh Ball (ankle) as well as safety Donovan Wilson are questionable. Defensive linemen Trysten Hill and Osa Odighizuwa are on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Receiver Noah Brown (groin) and tight end Blake Jarwin (hip) are on injured reserve.
Betting on the Game
It wasn’t too long ago that there were questions about whether the Dallas Cowboys had enough playmakers on the defensive side of the ball. Second-year cornerback Trevon Diggs leads the NFL with 10 interceptions while linebacker Micah Parsons is the heavy favorite to win the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Washington is on its fourth quarterback of the season as recently signed Garrett Gilbert threw for 194 yards in the last game.
The total has gone under in seven of Washington’s last nine games. The total has also gone under in seven of Dallas’ last eight games but in nine of the last 12 games against Washington.
Something of note for those who bet online, Washington is 4-1-1 against the spread in its last six games.