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Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Football Team Predictions, Odds, Picks

Dec. 12, 2021
Jonathan Willis
VI Betting Expert
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Week 14 NFL Picks & Predictions

Games Scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET

A huge NFC East battle sees the Dallas Cowboys head to Maryland to take on the Washington Football Team. Opening kick is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET and will be aired on FOX from FedExField in Landover, Maryland.

Score Prediction

Cowboys 26, WFT 17

Best Bets

Cowboys -4 (-110) at WynnBet

Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Football Team Predictions

A win for the Dallas Cowboys over the Washington Football Team this weekend would effectively give the Cowboys the NFC East. Dallas has a two-game lead on Washington in the division race, and the Cowboys would be almost impossible to run down with previous wins over the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants. Washington has won four straight games to surge into the playoff race though, and Taylor Heinicke is playing well.

Washington’s four-game winning streak has been even more impressive considering they were underdogs in all four games. Ron Rivera has this team playing well despite the loss of Chase Young, but this is where it all comes to an end. Dallas has the talent to torch this secondary, and that should lead to a Cowboys cover.

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Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Football Team Betting Resources

  • Matchup: NFC East
  • Date: Sunday, December 12, 2021
  • Venue: FedExField
  • Location: Landover, Maryland
  • TV-Time: FOX - 1:00 p.m. ET

Week 14 NFL Picks & Predictions

Games Scheduled for 4:05 p.m. through 8:20 p.m. ET

Dallas Cowboys Betting Analysis

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 8-4
  • ATS: 9-3
  • O/U: 6-6
  • ATS - Away: 5-1

This offense ranks second in the league in scoring (29.4 PPG) and first in total offense (416.3 YPG). Dallas has dealt with some injuries over the course of the season, but the Cowboys are largely healthy coming into this game. The offensive line is in good shape, and the only contributors with injury designations are Tony Pollard and Cedrick Wilson.

That should help make this ground game more effective even though Pollard has been a more efficient runner than Ezekiel Elliott this season. However, it’s been over two months since Elliott has run for more than 70 yards in a game.

Dak Prescott is a solid quarterback, and he has all of his weapons at his disposal. CeeDee Lamb is closing in on 1,000 yards, and Amari Cooper appears to be healthy again for the first time since mid-November. Michael Gallup can stretch the field with his speed, and tight end Dalton Schultz has been a reliable underneath option.

Washington has done a good job stopping the run, allowing 4.1 YPC and 91.3 YPG on the ground. This secondary ranks in the bottom five in the NFL though. The pass defense is allowing 7.3 YPA and 263.9 YPG. Additionally, the third down defense ranks dead last, failing to get off the field on half of their chances.

Washington Football Team Betting Analysis

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 6-6
  • ATS: 5-7
  • O/U: 5-7
  • ATS - Home: 2-4

Heinicke has played well during Washington’s winning streak. Heinicke has completed at least 72% of his passes in each of those games, throwing seven touchdowns and two interceptions. He hasn’t thrown for more than 300 yards in a game since Week 2, but this isn’t an “air it out” offense.

Terry McLaurin continues to be the only real threat at wide receiver with 61 receptions for 808 yards and five touchdowns. No other wide receiver has more than 310 receiving yards, and the second-leading receiver is running back J.D. McKissic. McKissic is questionable to play with a concussion, and his absence would be notable.

The ground game hasn’t been great. Antonio Gibson is averaging just 3.9 YPC, and he has fumbled the ball a whopping five times in 206 carries. Heinicke has helped by averaging 5.6 YPC, but he has three fumbles too.

Dallas ranks 12th in scoring defense. The Cowboys are allowing 22.3 PPG, but they have given up a lot of yards. They have been opportunistic on defense, ranking second in interception rate thanks to Trevon Diggs, and Micah Parsons has been a difference maker as a rookie.

Inside the Stats - Dallas Cowboys

  • Record: 8-4
  • Division Standing: 1st - NFC East
  • Points Scored: 353
  • Points Allowed: 267
  • PS/G: 29.4 (2nd)
  • PA/G: 22.3 (12th)
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