Dallas Cowboys (0-1) at Washington Redskins (0-1)
|Date & Time||Sunday September 18, 2016, 1:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Washington Redskins -3.5 -- Over/Under: 44.5
Coming up on Sunday, September 18 from FedEx Field in Landover, the Dallas Cowboys will travel to meet the Washington Redskins in NFC East divisional action in the NFL’s Week 2.
The Cowboys played a divisional game in Week 1 as well, taking on the Giants in Arlington. Things went reasonably well for Dallas early on in that game, considering they were starting the first rookie QB (Dak Prescott) and RB (Ezekiel Elliott) combo in an opener since 1969. The Cowboys held a late lead but couldn’t stop the Giants from scoring the go-ahead touchdown, and Dallas would lose 20-19. Prescott would finish with a 25-of-45 line for 227 yards, and Elliott would rush for 51 yards on 20 carries. Reliable veteran tight end Jason Witten led the team in receiving, with nine grabs for 66 yards.
Over on the Redskins’ side, they played their first game in the opening edition of “Monday Night Football” against the Steelers. Washington had an early lead in this one, and after picking off Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethisberger and nearly recovering a fumble on the ensuing possession, it looked like the Redskins might dominate the game. Roethlisberger recovered quickly, however, and threw three touchdowns and 300 yards on 27-of-37 passing, dicing up the Washington defense. The Steelers DeAngelo Williams also had a big game on the ground with 143 yards and two scores on 26 carries. When the dust settled, the Redskins lost 38-16 and couldn’t get much going offensively. Kirk Cousins would finish with 329 yards on 30-of-43 passing, but the running game simply wasn’t there as the team was in catch-up mode.
The Cowboys are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games on grass, and 3-1-1 ATS in their last five games in Week 2. Dallas is also 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games, and 1-4 ATS in their last five versus the NFC East.
Meanwhile, the Redskins are 4-0 ATS versus a team with a losing record, and 4-1 ATS against the NFC East. Washington is also 2-5 ATS in their last seven games in Week 2, and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following a straight-up loss.
Honestly I’m not expecting much from either of these teams this year, but I’ll give the edge to the Redskins at home. Cousins should be able to pick apart that Cowboys defense well enough in a lower-scoring game.