WASHINGTON @ DALLAS COWBOYS

Huge Thanksgiving clash in the NFC East as two 3-7 divisional rivals battle it out with the winner jumping to the top of the division whilst the loser will plummet to the bottom of easily the worst division in football.

The Cowboys had lost 4 on the bounce entering their bye week but rectified that with a win over an improving Vikings side in Minnesota on Sunday and will now look to win back to back games for the first time in over a year. (Washington are attempting the same thing and they haven’t achieved it since the 1st of December last year) Zeke Elliot’s first 100+ yard rushing game of the season took its time to appear and the Cowboys will be hoping his second follows closely behind as the ground game will be important against a Washington defense which ranks first in the NFL in passing yards allowed, averaging a measly 195 YPG, if Dallas can’t get their run game going they’re probably not going to win this football game. On the other side of the ball is real weakness of this football team, no team in the NFL have allowed more points against them than the Dallas Cowboys and their run defense is the second worst in the league allowing over 150 YPG on the ground, something that Antonio Gibson took advantage of in their first meeting this season, running for 128 yards and a score.

Washington beat the Bengals on Sunday in a game they were losing before knocking Joe Burrow not only out of the game but out of the season and probably the majority of next season too and this formidable defensive line has caused QB’s problems all year piling up 32 Sacks which is good enough to put them in the NFL’s top 5. The offense has looked steady under veteran Alex Smith but has been far from explosive which would make sense as he’s been a ‘dink and dunker’ his whole career. I’d expect Alex Smith to take some shots down the field to Terry McLaurin here, the #1 receiver has at least 5 receptions in his last 5 games and has two TD’s in two games vs the Cowboys so don’t be surprised if he’s Alex Smith’s primary target.

Washington won the first matchup between these sides handily but haven’t completed a sweep of the ‘boys since 2012 and with Dallas finding a underdog win last week to keep them in touch with the rest of the division I wouldn’t be surprised to see them finish the night atop the NFC East. As for my best bet I’m going with Antonio Gibson to have over 13.5 rushing attempts, although he’s only gone above 13 attempts in two games this season one of those games was against the Cowboys and the other was on Sunday against the Bengals and it’s no surprise that those two games have delivered his two highest rushing yardage games of the season. If Washington want to win this game and win this division then running Gibson against this run defense is the smart play.

We have another RequestABet for you in this one too, a bit more of a longshot but with Zeke Elliot finding some form on Sunday against the Vikings and having 8 TD’s in 8 games vs Washington, Terry McLaurin being the target hog in this Washington offense and having scored 2 TD’s in 2 games against Dallas and finally Antonio Gibson up against the team he had his best performance as a pro I think its worth taking all three of those guys to score at 13/2.

PREDICTION: COWBOYS 23 โ€“ 21 WASHINGTON

BEST BET: Antonio Gibson over 13.5 Rushing Attempts. EVENS with SkyBet. 1 point bet.

NEXT BEST: Zeke Elliot, Antonio Gibson and Terry McLaurin ALL to score a TD โ€“ 13/2 with SkyBet (RequestABet) 0.5 point bet.  

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