Both teams are coming off some really tough losses in Week 16, as Washington fell to the Giants 41-35 in overtime and the Cowboys losing a pivotal divisional game against the Eagles, 17-9. Looking to simply wrap up their season, Washington will face a Cowboys team they last saw in Week 2 with QB Case Keenum under center once again. Dwayne Haskins has been ruled out with an ankle sprain, giving Keenum one last crack before the season concludes. In that prior matchup he threw for 221 yards with two touchdowns, Terry McLaurin was his favorite target in the game, hitting him five times for 62 yards and a touchdown. He’s been Washington’s most reliable receiver all season long and should continue that trend here in Week 17. We could also see some success on the ground as well, with Adrian Peterson operating as the RB1. The Cowboys hover around league average in run defense, allowing 81 rushing and 47 receiving per game.
The Cowboys, meanwhile, need all the help they can get to make the playoffs. First and foremost, they need a win here against Washington and then need the Giants to defeat the Eagles. While both are possible, it’s not a position the Cowboys and certainly, Jerry Jones did not expect to be in. They handled this team with ease in Week 2 and they’re a team you can throw against. Opposing quarterbacks are averaging 252 passing yards and 31 touchdowns thrown, the fourth-highest total in the league. However, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Cowboys go run-heavy with Ezekiel Elliot, as the Washington run defense are amongst the worst in the league. Opposing backs are averaging 119 rushing and 53 receiving, both are which are ranked amongst the highest in the league. In a must-win situation, I expect the Cowboys to pull all the stops here but then again, most would have considered last week to be the same type of scenario.
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Washington at Cowboys
Point Spread: Cowboys -10.5
Total Points: 44.5
Money Line: Washington +430; Cowboys -530
Overall: Washington 3-12; Cowboys 7-8
ATS: Washington 6-9; Cowboys 8-7
O/U: Washington 7-8; Cowboys 9-6
Players to watch: S Landon Collins (shoulder), QB Dwayne Haskins (ankle), WR Terry McLaurin (concussion), CB Fabian Moreau (hamstring), S Montae Nicholson (neck, ankle), CB Josh Norman (illness), RB Adrian Peterson (toe), S Troy Apke (knee), T Morgan Moses (knee), LB Ryan Anderson (achilles, shoulder), LB Cole Holcomb (thumb), T Donald Penn (knee)
Players to watch: LB Chris Covington (illness), DE Demarcus Lawrence (shoulder), QB Dak Prescott (right shoulder), T Tyron Smith (back), LB Joe Thomas (knee), DT Antwaun Woods (hip, ankle), DE Michael Bennett (foot), CB C.J. Goodwin (thumb), S Jeff Heath (shoulder, shoulder), P Chris Jones (abdomen), LB Sean Lee (pectoral, thigh), T La’el Collins (knee), G Zack Martin (ankle), WR Devin Smith (knee)
Notable Prop Bets
- Total touchdowns by Washington over 1.5 -162
- Washington under 7.5 points 1H -150
- Under 16.5 total points -105
- Total Touchdowns by Cowboys over 2.5 -190
- Cowboys 13.5 points 1H -125
- Washington has lost each of their last nine games against NFC East opponents.
- Washington has covered the spread in seven of their last eight road day games against the Cowboys
- Seven of the last eight games between Washington and Cowboys have gone OVER the total points line.
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