The Cowboys' offense has unleashed its more creative and explosive look with Dak Prescott operating under Kellen Moore, and the Redskins don’t have much to slow it down with their fading secondary.
Strange things can happen in this historic rivalry, but the Cowboys have a good front seven and their most multiple offense in years.
Don’t like laying points on the road in divisional games, but these trends are hard to ignore: Dallas is 5-1-1 ATS in its last seven as road favorites, and the road team is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 games of this NFC East series.
Dallas has all the tools to be a legitimate Super Bowl contender. Case Keenum could struggle against a good defense. There’s little reason to be optimistic about a Redskins’ defense that just gave up 25 second-half points. The Cowboys are 5-1 in their last six road games in Washington. The Redskins are 3-6 against the spread in their last nine matchups with Dallas.
The Cowboys and Redskins and the second- and third-worst rush defense grades in Week 1, according to PFF. The difference? Dallas went up against Saquon Barkley and now they go up against a Redskins team that only rushed for 28 yards in Week 1. Dallas is 16-3 when Elliott rushes for more than 100 yards.
Ezekiel Elliott is locked up for the foreseeable future, as are several other key components of the team, and Dak Prescott looked sensational in his first game with Kellen Moore, Dallas’s new offensive coordinator, calling plays.
Dallas looked awesome against the Giants as Dak Prescott went off for 405 yards and 4 TDs. As Zeke Elliott gets into shape, this offense could rival the game's best. Washington just lost top back Derrius Guice, so in steps creaky running back Adrian Peterson.
It will be tougher on the road against a better defense, but I still think the offense will roll. The Redskins will hang around at home, but in the end the Cowboys will get a tough road victory.
The Cowboys (1-0) are going to win, but the Redskins (0-1) showed fight in Philadelphia and do so again here. Dallas should be able to move the ball consistently against a weak secondary, but look for Washington to cover with some back-door points.
You’d think new Dallas offensive coordinator Kellen Moore was Bill Walsh based on the amount of praise he’s gotten out of his team’s 35-17 win over the Giants. Maybe he’s deserving but the evidence is inconclusive at the moment. The Giants’ defense might have had just as much to do with the Cowboys’ breakout, with the Redskins likely putting up more resistance.
Dak Prescott had a perfect passer rating last week after throwing for 405 yards and four touchdowns against the Giants. The Redskins were perfectly awful in the second half against the Eagles, blowing a 20-7 halftime lead.
The Cowboys looked like legitimate Super Bowl contenders in Week 1, but the Redskins proved feisty against the Eagles. This divisional matchup will wind up closer than most folks are anticipating based on the overall discrepancy in talent and public perception. As of Thursday morning, 85 percent of the money was coming in on Dallas. I’m inclined to fade the public here.
The Cowboys looked great, and perhaps they roll here. But I generally will take more than a field goal for a home team in an NFC East rivalry game.