Redskins vs. Cowboys Prediction
When: Sunday, December 29, 2019 at 1:00pm EST
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington
It’s the regular season finale for a pair of NFC East teams on the gridiron in the Lone Star State. The Washington Redskins are on the road as they travel to face the Dallas Cowboys Sunday afternoon. Washington was beaten 41-35 in overtime at home last Sunday in their previous contest. Dallas was defeated 17-9 on the road by Philadelphia last Sunday in their previous game, missing a chance to clinch the NFC East title. The Cowboys lead the all-time regular season series 72-43-2 and have taken six of the last seven meetings. That includes a 31-21 road win in the first meeting this season on September 15.
Washington Redskins Preview
It’s been a lost season for Washington, who fired coach Jay Gruden after a 0-5 start and has gone 3-7 under interim coach Bill Callahan. The Redskins led Philadelphia 17-0 in the first half of the opener only to lose 32-27. The Redskins followed that up with a 31-21 home loss to Dallas and a 31-15 defeat to the Bears at home on Monday Night Football where they gave up four second-quarter touchdowns. Throw in a pair of duds, a road loss to the Giants (24-3) and a home defeat to the Patriots (33-7) for a 0-5 start that cost Gruden his job. In week 6, Washington earned their first win in week 6 as they held off the Dolphins by stopping a potential game-winning two-point conversion in the final seconds. That was followed by a loss to San Francisco (9-0) at home in a monsoon and road losses to Minnesota (19-9) and Buffalo (24-9) to drop to 1-8. After the bye, Washington was beaten at home by the Jets (34-17) before earning back to back wins over the Lions (19-16) at home and Carolina (29-21) on the road. The Redskins fell at Green Bay (20-15) and at home against Philadelphia (37-27) to lead into last week’s contest with the Giants.
In a wild, back and forth affair, the Redskins never led and trailed by 14 points both at the half and at the end of three quarters. Washington rallied to tie the game at 35 on Case Keenum’s one-yard stumble into the end zone with 29 seconds to play in regulation to cap a 14 play, 99-yard drive. The Redskins didn’t see the ball again as the Giants ran out regulation and then covered 66 yards in 11 plays to score the game winning touchdown. Washington was outgained 552-361, gave up 28 first downs while picking up 25 and owned a 33:48 to 31:57 edge in time of possession. There were no turnovers in the contest. Keenum had to come into the game in relief of Dwayne Haskins, who suffered a high-ankle sprain. Haskins has been ruled out for this one, meaning Keenum likely gets the call under center.
Dallas Cowboys Preview
Dallas comes into this one 7-8 and needing help to earn the NFC East crown after their late season swoon. The Cowboys opened the year with a home win over the Giants (35-17) followed by a road win over Washington (31-21) and a home win over Miami (31-6) to get to 3-0 on the year. Dallas then followed that with three straight defeats as they were dropped by New Orleans (12-10) on the road, Green Bay (34-24) at home and to the Jets (24-22) on the road. The Cowboys rebounded to dump the Eagles (37-10) at home and the Giants (37-18) on the road to improve to 4-0 in divisional play before losing (28-24) at home to Minnesota. That was followed by a road loss to New England (13-9) before facing Buffalo at home on Thanksgiving on short notice. Dallas dropped that game 26-15 and followed it up with a road loss (31-24) to Chicago the following Thursday. The Cowboys bounced back with an emphatic home dismantling of the Rams (44-23) to head into their showdown in the City of Brotherly Love.
Against the Eagles, Dallas’ offensive struggles of recent weeks came back to haunt them. The Eagles were in a 10-0 hole less than 11 minutes into the game and never recovered. Dallas failed to find the end zone in the contest, settling for three Kai Forbath field goals. The Cowboys had one final chance in the closing minutes to drive for the tying touchdown but came up short. Dak Prescott was sacked on second down while incompletions on third and fourth downs turned the ball over with 1:15 to play and the Eagles ran out the clock. Dallas was outgained 431-311, picked up 23 first downs while allowing 16 and was dominated 36:12 to 23:48 in time of possession. The Cowboys committed the game’s lone turnover as well. As a result, for the Cowboys to make the postseason, they need to win here and have the Giants defeat the Eagles or else their postseason dreams are over.
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