The Washington Redskins (2-5 SU, 2-5 ATS, 4-3 O/U) are hoping to get starting quarterback Robert Griffin III shortly, but may have to wait one more week. Dallas (6-1 SU, 5-2 ATS, 4-3 O/U) continues to roll winning six straight, you never know what might happen when they face their rivals. On Monday night, Dallas hosts Washington from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Tx, at 8:30pmET (ESPN).
Betting odds: Dallas opened as a 7-point betting odds favorite and moved to 9.5 in most books. The total opened at 51 and moved to 49.5.
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Prediction: Washington is expected to send out their third-string quarterback Colt McCoy, from his old stomping grounds in
Texas against the Cowboys. McCoy replaced Kirk Cousins last week in their win over Tennessee, 19-17. Washington needed a lift in the second half and rookie head coach Jay Gruden made the change to start the second half.
Starting quarterback Robert Griffin III has been out since Week 2 due to a disclocated anle suffered against Jacksonville. He’s been getting closer to returning, but is considered doubtful. McCoy, the former Cleveland Browns signal-caller, hasn’t started since December 2011.
McCoy was 6-15 in his career at Cleveland, but played extremely well in the second half against the Titans. He finished 11-of-12 for 128 yards and a touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon to halt Washington’s four-game losing streak.
Cousins had thrown 10 touchdown passes and nine interceptions in five starts.
Washington’s best chance to win this game is to run the ball. Alfred Morris is averaging just 2.8 yards per carry with 124 yards over the past three games. That may have something to do with RGIII not being there because his ability to run has defenses focusing on him.
Defensively, Washington allows just 322 yards per game, to rank sixth in the NFL, but they surreneder 26.1 points per game. They also lost outside linebacker Brian Orakpo for hte season with a torn pectoral muscle.
They do play the run pretty well, allowing 103.3 yards per game and 219 yards per game in the air.
Dallas struggled early on last week, but came back with another impressive win over the New York Giants, 31-21. The star for the Cowboys this season has been running back DeMarco Murray, who set an NFL record by going over 100 yards for seven straight games to start the season. The ability of Dallas to run the football and not just rely on quarterback Tony Romo, allows the defense to get sufficient rest and that’s played a part in their resurgence this year.
Romo did throw three touchdown passes last week, while Murry gained 128 yards on 28 carries. Romo has tossed 13 touchdowns with three interceptions since their only loss in Game 1 against San Francisco. Two of his three touchdown passes went to unheralded tight end Gavin Escobar. Dez Bryant led all receivers with nine catches for 151 yards.
The success of the running game is really about Dallas spending three first-round picks on left tackle Tyron Smith, center Travis Frederick and rookie right guard Zack Martin.
Defensively, Dallas allows just 343.9 yards per game and 113.4 yards on the ground. That’s not great, but considering they were supposed to be one of the worst defenses of all time, coordinator Rod Marinelli has done a fantastic job. Last season, they ranked last in the NFL, allowing 415.3 yards per game.
The Redskins need a big game from Morris, who averages 120.5 yards and has six TDs in his last four games against Dallas. Washington has a young secondary with DeAngelo Hall out for the season with an Achilles injury. Romo should test them early and often.