NFL Week 12 Picks: Washington Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys

Jeff Grant@@JeffGrantSportsContributor INovember 20, 2012

NFL Week 12 Picks: Washington Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys

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    The Washington Redskins (4-6) and Dallas Cowboys (5-5) will meet up for the first time during the 2012 NFL regular season on Thanksgiving Day, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 4:15 p.m. ET at Cowboys Stadium on FOX.

    Sports bettors will find that the Cowboys are currently listed as three-point home favorites in the Week 12 NFL betting odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total sits at 47 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this NFC East divisional matchup from a betting perspective, while offering a pick on the total along the way.

Washington Redskins

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    The Washington Redskins have gained 150 rushing yards or more in eight games this season, with much of that success being attributed to quarterback Robert Griffin III's dual-threat ability.

    He has given the franchise a dynamic presence under center, as it comes off a 31-6 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles as 3.5-point home favorites—the win was the team's largest margin of victory in the Mike Shanahan era.

    Sports bettors will find that the Redskins are 8-2 against the spread (ATS) in their last 10 games against NFC East opponents.

Dallas Cowboys

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    The Dallas Cowboys have won back-to-back games for the first time this season, but they won't receive much support at the betting window on Thanksgiving Day due to their inconsistent play.

    Sports bettors may want to think about laying this smallish number, considering America's Team has won 21-of-24 November games with Tony Romo under center.

Las Vegas Perspective

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    I reached out to Jimmy Vaccaro earlier this week about this high-profile affair. He serves as the public relations director for William Hill U.S., and here's what he had to say: 

    Tradition always favors the underdog in this game. I see no reason why RGIII can't get to the cranberry sauce. With a good dessert, he might win the game outright.


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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the OVER in this divisional matchup, as the Dallas Cowboys have gone above the total six-straight times when playing the second of back-to-back home games.

    NFL Week 12 Pick: Over 47


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