Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins - 10/21/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Dallas Cowboys (3-3) at Washington Redskins (3-2)
NFL Football: Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 4:25 pm (FedExField)
The Line: Washington Redskins -1 -- Over/Under: 41.5
The Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins meet Sunday in NFL action at FedEx Field.
The Dallas Cowboys look for their first road win of the season to get a game above a .500 record. The Dallas Cowboys have split their last eight road games. Dak Prescott is completing 62 percent of his passes for 1,144 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions. Prescott has one or less touchdown passes in seven of his last nine games. Cole Beasley and Geoff Swaim have combined for 474 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Ezekiel Elliott has 23 receptions. The Dallas Cowboys ground game is averaging 147.5 yards per contest, and Elliott leads the way with 586 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Dallas is allowing 17.2 points and 315.2 yards per game. Jaylon Smith leads the Dallas Cowboys with 51 tackles, DeMarcus Lawrence has 5.5 sacks and Xavier Woods has one interception.
The Washington Redskins look for their third home win of the season to keep pace in a wide open NFC East. The Washington Redskins have won five of their last six home games. Alex Smith is completing 64.3 percent of his passes for 1,205 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions. Smith has two or more touchdown passes in six of his last 12 games. Jordan Reed and Paul Richardson have combined for 437 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Chris Thompson has 26 receptions. The Washington Redskins ground game is averaging 116.8 yards per contest, and Adrian Peterson leads the way with 339 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Washington is allowing 20.8 points and 326.2 yards per game. Mason Foster leads the Washington Redskins with 42 tackles, Matt Ioannidis has three sacks and D.J. Swearinger has two interceptions.
The Cowboys are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in October, 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games on grass and 4-10 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The Redskins are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. NFC East and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games in October. The Cowboys are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings in Washington, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings and the underdog is 30-10 ATS in their last 40 meetings. The under is 7-2 in Redskins last 9 games overall and the under is 12-3 in Cowboys last 15 games overall.
The Dallas Cowboys haven't played well on the road this season and are being outscored by 7.3 points in three road games. The Washington Redskins are coming off a strong home win over the Carolina Panthers and the defense has allowed 21 or less points in four of their first five games. However, the Redskins have yet to put together back-to-back winning performances, and they've been on the losing side to the Cowboys in eight of the last 10 meetings. The Redskins haven't beaten the Cowboys since January of 2016. Also, the Cowboys are starting to find something with Prescott lately, as they're using him more in read options and RPO, a more comfortable offense that has allowed him to be more effective. The Cowboys downright abused the most talented defense in the league last week in the Jacksonville Jaguars. I'll take Dallas in this toss-up contest.