Alex Smith has Washington driving the ball up and down the field on offense after taking over for an injured Kyle Allen under center. Meanwhile, Andy Dalton returned to action in Week 11 after missing multiple games due to both a concussion and COVID-19 protocols.
Bill Bender writes: “Andy Dalton was knocked out the last time the Cowboys played the Redskins, and this game might have NFC East title implications. Oliver Hodgkin son writes: “The Alex Smith comeback story added another incredible chapter with the game against the Cincinnati Bengals providing the first win of his return to the field.
Although Smith only threw for 166 yards on Sunday, there is no doubting his impact on the Washington Football Team offense and especially wide receiver Terry Clarín. I expect Smith and Clarín to exploit the Dallas Cowboys often on Thursday afternoon with a healthy dose of Antonio Gibson mixed in for good measure.
Cowboys QB Andy Dalton was knocked out of that due to a concussion on a pretty dirty hit (he’s back now). Minnie Dyer writes: “Andy Dalton finally played well filling in for DAK Prescott, a far cry from his first effort against Washington.
Dalton has more weapons than Alex Smith and Dallas evens the season series at home to resurrect its NFC East chances.” John Breech writes: “The Cowboys were my preseason pick to win the division, and although I jumped off the bandwagon at some point over the past month, I'm getting back on.
There are a couple of ways that you could look at this divisional matchup between the Washington Football Team and Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. On the one hand, this isn’t a game that much of America will likely be tuning into, so the stakes are relatively low as a 2-4 and 1-5 team meet on the gridiron.
On the other hand, with the NFC East wide open for the taking, every game becomes more critical than the last as midseason draws nearer. No matter which way you look at it, for Washington fans, there are actually a number of reasons to have some positivity entering this matchup.
However, we’ve seen QB Kyle Allen find a little of success when on the field, and his propensity to conjure up scoring drives when needed is something to watch. Washington also has a disturbing lack of receiver depth this weekend, but when going up against a defense as porous as the Cowboys, I think they’ll really just need to rely on Terry Clarín, Antonio Gibson, J. D Classic, and maybe a little of Logan Thomas and Controlled Unman sprinkled in there.
Though is hasn’t resulted directly in victories just yet, Washington has to feel a little confident that they’ve found a solid tandem at the running back position, with both Antonio Gibson and J.D. With a lack of receiving weapons, Washington will likely ask for both Gibson and Classic to shoulder a bigger load on Sunday, and there shouldn’t be any doubt that they are up to the task, assuming that the offensive line can get a decent push.
Many Washington fans were likely dreading this matchup a few weeks ago, when it looked like they were getting a game against DAK Prescott and the high-flying Dallas offense that nobody had yet to find an answer for. However, with DAK out for the year, Andy Dalton has stepped into his place, and the offense doesn’t look nearly as dangerous anymore.
It appears that DAK was the key that got this offense into gear, and without him on the field, they go from a smooth-operating corvette to a beat -up Transom. Well, in hindsight, it appears that the performance was more due to Philadelphia’s unfortunate health upfront, but it gives us hope for this upcoming matchup.
The second of three originally scheduled Thanksgiving games features a classic NFC East rivalry. The Washington Football Team (3-7) take on the Dallas Cowboys (3-7) trying to make a case to win the division.
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Place your legal, online NFL bets in CO, IN, NJ, TN and WV at Bet MGM, The King of Sports books. Washington already picked up a head-to-head win over Dallas in October, a 25-3 victory.
Washington has the fourth-worst scoring offense in the league, averaging 20 points per game, but are ninth in scoring defense, allowing an average of 22.7 points per game. Washington QB Alex Smith has completed 68.2% of his passes in four games this season for 918 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions.
But you can ’t ignore the fact that Washington has one Thanksgiving win over Dallas in nine tries. Two bad teams probably means a close game decided in the final minutes.
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Our panel of columnists, beat writers and special contributors makes predictions for the Week 12 matchup between the Dallas Cowboys (3-7) and Washington Football Team (3-7) on Thanksgiving Day in Arlington: The most amazing part of either team’s 2020 tale is Alex Smith’s return from what looked to be a career-ending injury.
Dallas secondary must keep Terry Clarín from having the kind of game Adam Thailand just produced, but the bigger Cowboys issue is the Washington pass rush which knocked Dalton out a month ago and ended Joe Burrow’s season Sunday. Zack Martin’s presence at right tackle is a drastic upgrade, and defensive line coach Jim Tombola is showing a better feel for how to employ his personnel.
Dallas has made serious strides over the past couple of weeks, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see it continue against Washington. The Football Team dominated this matchup a month ago, but with improvements to Dallas pass protection and run defense, expect it to be a much closer contest this time.
Here comes Washington, which smashed them to pieces in Landover a few weeks ago. These Cowboys team is playing with confidence after breaking a four-game losing streak.
The Cowboys beat the Redskins 31-21 in Week 2 at FedEx Field. What: The Cowboys are still holding thin hopes of earning a playoff berth.
X factor: The Redskins three wins have come against the Dolphins, Lions and Panthers. He spent five years covering TCU athletics, which included two BCS bowls, two trips to the college World Series and the move to the Big 12.
He has covered the Texas Rangers since 2014 and started reporting on the Dallas Cowboys in 2016. Dallas (3-7) and Washington (3-7) renew their NFC East rivalry at 4:30 p.m.
The prime-time matchup between Baltimore (6-4) and Pittsburgh (10-0), supposed to be the main event, had been postponed to Sunday. It's a great holiday schedule and a chance to improve on our NFL pick 'em record.
The Lions have lost their last three Thanksgiving games, and they are coming off a listless performance in a 20-0 shutout against the Panthers. Houston has won two of its last three, and DeShawn Watson hasn’t thrown an interception in five games.
Andy Dalton was knocked out the last time the Cowboys played the Redskins, and this game might have NFC East title implications. Dallas plays more inspired, however, and Dalton throws the game-winning TD to Needed Lamb late in the fourth quarter.
An atrocious defense and countless injuries on offense have turned a projected Super Bowl contender into the league’s most disappointing team. Dallas was embarrassed Monday night in Andy Dalton’s first start for America’s Team, losing 38-10 at home against the Arizona Cardinals.
Dallas is a game ahead of the Washington Football Team, who host the Cowboys Sunday afternoon. The Cowboys still find themselves favored on the road, laying two points in Washington, according to betting odds compiled by OddsShark.
Starting tackles Tyron Smith and La’El Collins is on injured reserve. Right guard Zach Martin left Monday’s contest with a concussion, putting his status for Week 7 in question.
If Dallas is down to one of its original starting offensive linemen in Washington, Dalton and Co. could be in big trouble. Arizona sacked Dalton three times, even though star pass rusher Chandler Jones was out with an injury.
Led by rookie Chase Young, Washington’s strength is its ability to get after the quarterback. The gap between Dalton and DAK Prescott was glaring in the first game since Dallas franchise quarterback suffered a season-ending injury.
In Week 5, Dallas gave up 34 points to the Giants, who are tied with Washington for last in total offense and rank 31st in scoring.