For the 121st time, the Washington Football Team and Dallas Cowboys will do battle. Dallas leads the all-time series, including the playoffs, 73-45-2, and has won the past three meetings.
This will be a crucial game for the lousy NFC East, where it seems like nobody wants to win the division. Dallas is 2-4 and sits in second place, while Washington isn’t too far behind at 1-5. Philadelphia leads the division at 2-4-1 after defeating the Giants on Thursday Night Football
Washington is coming off a 20-19 loss to the Giants while the Cowboys got embarrassed by Arizona 38-10 on Monday Night Football.
Washington is a half-point underdog coming into Sunday’s NFC East showdown. The over/under is set at 41.5, courtesy of GambetDC.
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The following players for Washington landed on the injury report this week with the participation in practice as of Thursday.
- Tackle Saahdiq Charles – Knee – DNP
- Cornerback Ronald Darby – Illness – FP
- Wide Receiver Antonio Gandy-Golden – Hamstring – DNP
- Defensive End – James Smith-Williams – Concussion – DNP
- Tight End Logan Thomas – Neck – FP
- Wide Receiver Isaiah Wright – Shoulder – DNP
- Linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis – Shoulder- FP
- Defensive End Chase Young – Groin – FP
- Tackle Geron Christian Sr. – Knee – DNP
Washington is going to want to pressure quarterback Andy Dalton early and often. Last week, Arizona gave Dalton all sorts of fits with the pass rush. The Dallas offensive line used to be the best in football, but now, not so much due to injuries and retirement. Tackle Brandon Knight (knee) and guard Zack Martin (concussion) did not practice on Thursday and their status for Sunday looks bleak.
Another key matchup will be the secondary of Washington against the three-headed receiving corps of the Cowboys. Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb are the big playmakers and will have their work cut out for them as Washington allows the second-fewest receiving yards per game at 207.
Kyle Allen played decent last week against New York, throwing for 280 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception while also fumbling. This week he has a very favorable matchup as the Dallas defense is on pace to be the worst in NFL history.
Keep an eye on Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, who struggled last week with two fumbles. Washington’s run defense isn’t all that good, giving up 130 yards per game on the ground.