Dallas at Washington Week 7 Game Pick
Dallas Cowboys (2-4 SU, 0-6 ATS) vs. Washington Football Team (1-5 SU, 2-3-1 ATS)
NFL Football Week 7
Date/Time: Sunday October 25th, 2020. 1:00PM (EST)
Where:FedEx Field Landover, M.D
Point Spread:DAL - Even/WFT - Ev (Best Bonus Offers)
Over/Under Total: 46
After losing star quarterback Dak Prescott for the season in week 5, Cowboys fans remained cautiously optimistic that backup QB Andy Dalton could keep the team in the fight for the inept NFC East crown. After all, Dalton led the team to a comeback win against the Giants after taking the field for the injured Prescott. However, the majority of that optimism was diminished last week when the Cowboys were obliterated by the Arizona Cardinals 38-10 in an outcome that tied the largest defeat the Cowboys have ever suffered inside AT&T Stadium. Now the 2-4 SU Cowboys are in danger of letting the 2020 season completely slip away and they will try to regroup on the road in week 7 against Washington.
Quarterback issues highlight Dallas vs. Washington
In the Cowboys 38-10 loss to Arizona, backup quarterback Andy Dalton had an embarrassing performance. Dalton’s final stat line resulted in 34 of 54 passing for 266 yards with 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. However, the stat line probably paints a better picture of Dalton’s performance than spectators actually witnessed. Dalton did all of the things you would expect out of an inexperienced backup and not a former 9 year starter. Dalton held on to the ball too long resulting in several unnecessary sacks and was completely inaccurate 10 yards beyond the line of scrimmage limiting the Dallas passing attack. The only bright spot in the entire game was the continued emergence of WR CeeDee Lamb who caught 7 passes for 64 yards. Personally, I thoroughly expected the Cowboys to ride running back Ezekiel Elliott on the heels of Prescott’s absence but the Cowboys offensive line found little success opening holes in the run game.
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The good news for the Cowboys, if any, is that Washington has experienced similar quarterback struggles in recent weeks. Since winning the opening game against Philadelphia, Washington has dropped 5 straight games largely as a result of an offense that has failed to score more than 20 points in 5 straight games. After starting the season with QB Dwayne Haskins, the team has moved to QB Kyle Allen but the results have not been much better. Allen suffered an injury in his 1st start against the Rams but returned last week to complete 31 of 42 passing for 280 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 pick. Similar to Dalton’s struggles against Arizona, Allen has shown little ability to stretch the field. The majority of the completions have been composed of screen passes and short crossing routes resulting in a similar low scoring output. From a match-up standpoint, Washington has one of their best passing opportunities of the season against the Cowboys’ struggling pass defense and WR Terry McLaurin is a complete mismatch for any Cowboys defense. However the question remains can Washington actually exploit these weaknesses because they have been extremely inefficient attacking down the field.
Dallas vs. Washington Betting Analysis
This is an ugly game to breakdown based on the way both teams are performing. Washington’s defense is somewhat underrated because the offense’s struggles have overshadowed their success. With that being said, Washington still owns the league’s 2nd ranked passing defense and has been able to apply consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks which should force Andy Dalton into trouble unless he does a complete 180 in terms of performance. I’m sure Cowboys fans would argue that Ezekiel Elliott is the path to victory for Dallas this week but I would argue that Washington’s defensive line will win the battle against the Cowboys offensive front. As a result, I see more realistic paths to victory for Washington in this game. The Cowboys’ ability to consistently blow coverage in the secondary should help Washington in the passing game and it would not be surprising to see McLaurin have a big day if that happens. The Cowboys are 0-6 ATS this season and I am siding with the winless (against the books) trend to continue.
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