Cowboys vs Redskins | Predictions for Thursday’s Dallas Cowboys-Washington Redskins game from The Dallas Morning News‘ panel of experts:
A tale of two 5-6 teams. The Redskins continue to play hard but are licking too many wounds. The Cowboys haven’t run the ball that poorly without Zeke and should be able to sustain enough drives to turn the corner in this one. Cowboys, 19-16.
In case you haven’t noticed: The train is off the track for the Cowboys with three consecutive blowout losses. And with linebacker Sean Lee and running back Ezekiel Elliott still out, the Cowboys will have a hard time getting it back together anytime soon. This time, the Cowboys keep it close as the offense shows signs of life, but the secondary will still struggle as Washington QB Kirk Cousins wins this one in the end. Redskins, 27-24.
Good news for the few readers — and you know who you are — who believe my prediction has any bearing on the outcome of a Cowboys game. I’m thinking the Cowboys will rally to beat the Redskins in their lone Thursday night game of the season. The battle of 5-6 teams appears winnable for the home team.
The Cowboys cannot again be possibly as inept as they have been in their past three games. They have had a full week to prepare for the Redskins, whose one-game win streak comes courtesy of the hapless New York Giants.
Dez Bryant rises from the ashes. Alfred Morris runs as well as Alfred Morris can run. DeMarcus Lawrence and David Irving play doomsday defense. And, of course, Dan Bailey returns to kick the game-winning field goal. Cowboys, 24-21.
The Redskins know what it is like to lose key players. Waves of them. They’ve remained competitive somehow and are the same 5-6 as these troubled Cowboys. Fans call for adjustments from Dallas, Cowboys vs Redskins but it’s too little, too late. The losing streak continues; the panic worsens. Zeke isn’t back for two more games after Thursday. The season’s done. Redskins, 35-17.
Considering the Redskins are the only team the Cowboys have defeated without Ezekiel Elliott or Tony Romo in the starting lineup over the past four years, I should pick Dallas. But things have been far too lopsided for me to go against the trend. Since 2014, the Cowboys are 33-9 with Elliott or Romo in the starting lineup. Without either: 1-16. Redskins, 21-14.
Can the Cowboys win this game? Sure. Based on what’s transpired the past three weeks, if Dallas jumps to a 23-point halftime lead — opponents have outscored the Cowboys 72-6 in the second half of this stretch — that should be enough. But when you consider the Cowboys have only scored a total of 22 points in the past three games… Redskins, 24-19.
After three weeks of a nice, tight death spiral, the Cowboys finally put a stop to their losing ways. Cowboys vs Redskins The Redskins are just the team to do it, too. By now, even the Cowboys’ coaching staff has figured out most of the corrections that need to be made in Zeke’s absence, and it starts with acting like he’s still available. Cowboys, 24-21.
Surely, this team will respond to the most difficult stretch they have put together in modern Cowboys history with one last stand against a chief rival with jobs and futures on the line. Washington has lost a key player to their offense seemingly every week and finally has become easier to defend. Dallas does just enough to pull back to .500. Cowboys, 24-20.
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