In a battle for first place in the NFC East, the Washington Football Team will be taking on the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving afternoon at Jerry World. The last time these two teams played each other, Washington defeated Dallas 25-3 at FedEx Field on Oct. 25.
Last week, the Washington Football Team snapped their two-game losing streak, defeating the Cincinnati Bengals 20-9. Rookie running back Antonio Gibson was the game’s leading rusher with 94 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown. This season, Gibson leads all rookie running backs with seven touchdowns. In his second start, veteran quarterback Alex Smith was 17-of-25 for 166 yards, a touchdown, and an interception.
The Football Team’s defense played well too, despite Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow suffering a season-ending knee injury. Washington held the Bengals’ running game to 70 yards and rookie wide receiver Tee Higgins to only three receptions for 26 yards.
As for the Cowboys, they are coming off an exciting 31-28 road victory over the Minnesota Vikings. In that game, Dallas had Andy Dalton back under center, who had one of his better games in a Cowboys’ uniform. Dalton was 22-of-32 for 203 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception.
The veteran quarterback also got major help from Ezekiel Elliott, who had his first 100-yard rushing game with 103 yards on 21 carries. Can the Cowboys split the season series with Washington? Or will the Football Team sweep Dallas and be sitting in the first place?
So where are sports bettors going as we get closer to game time? Let’s take a look. All odds and info were provided by DraftKings Sportsbook.
The Cowboys are coming into Thursday afternoon’s contest as 3-point favorites, with most of the bets siding with them. Currently, 67% of the bets are on Dallas to cover with 79% of the handle.
Is the public right? Yes, despite their recent struggles, the Cowboys are the better team on paper. Last week, Dallas showed us that they can play up to their potential, especially on offense. The last time these two teams played each other, WFT had Kyle Allen starting at quarterback with Smith backing him up. Can Washington keep it close +3? Without a doubt, if they can run the ball successfully like they did against Cincinnati and Dallas in October.
The point total for this NFC East match is set at 45.5. The public is almost split over this number as they believe the over will hit, with 65% of the bets but 54% of the handle.
Is the public right? Once again, the public is on the right track. 45.5 is a low total for a game that does not have any weather issues. Now granted, the quarterbacks that are playing is Dalton and Smith, which doesn’t exude a lot of excitement. And Washington’s defense is solid against the pass, only giving up 217.6 yards per game.
That being said, Washington’s run defense will give up yards, which is good news for Elliott. Meanwhile, the Cowboys’ pass defense leaves a lot to be desired, which should help out Terry McLaurin and J.D. McKissic.
The Cowboys’ moneyline odds are set at -148 with the Football Team at +130. 56% of the bets are with Dallas plus 63% of the handle.
Is the public right? It is honestly hard to say, especially when it comes to division games. Anytime these two teams play each other, you have to throw the records out of the window because anything can happen. This WFT team almost beat the Giants a couple of weeks ago, while the Cowboys could’ve defeated the Eagles, if Dalton was healthy. It will honestly come down to which team can control the line of scrimmage and which quarterback makes that one or two game changing plays.
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