Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins: Betting Odds Analysis and Prediction

OddsShark.com@@OddsSharkFeatured ColumnistDecember 17, 2013

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 13:   Miles Austin #19 of the Dallas Cowboys reacts after dropping a pass in the end zone against  DeAngelo Hall #23 of the Washington Redskins at AT&T Stadium on October 13, 2013 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Dallas is mired in a 2-6 against-the-spread slide in Washington, and despite the Redskins covering six of their last seven meetings with the Cowboys, the Pokes have won and covered all four of their intra-division games this season.

The Redskins own the opposite side of that divisional trend at 0-4 straight and ATS.


Point spread: Cowboys opened as 3.5-point favorites; the total was 52.5. (Line updates and matchup report)


Odds Shark computer prediction: 25.6-16.5 Cowboys


Why the Cowboys can cover the spread

As bad as their defense has been—perhaps the worst in franchise history—the Cowboys' offense should be able to move the ball against Washington's defense, which ranks dead last in the NFL in touchdowns allowed.

Quarterback Tony Romo continues to catch fire for his late-game gaffes, so this is a good chance for him to get some redemption for last week's two late picks, by taking advantage of the last-place Redskins.


Why the Redskins can cover the spread

In just his second career start, backup-turned-starting-quarterback Kirk Cousins passed for 381 yards and three touchdowns last week in Atlanta. Not too shabby considering all the hostility surrounding Robert Griffin III's benching.

Now Cousins has a chance to shine against Washington's chief rival, which just so happens to have the worst defense in the league, including the worst pass defense.

Washington isn't about to let the Pokes waltz in and steal this one, and bettors believe they can continue their 6-1 ATS run against Dallas here.


Smart Pick

The Redskins have a chance to salvage what has become a disappointing campaign. Washington had intentions of returning to the postseason behind the electrifying Griffin, but the 'Skins have won just three games.

Well, riding a six-game losing streak into this one, they can ease the pain with a win over the dreaded Cowboys, who might not ever recover from last week's debacle against Green Bay. Take the home dog.



  • Redskins 6-1 ATS past seven games vs Cowboys
  • Cowboys 2-6 ATS past eight trips to Washington
  • Redskins are 3-10 SU past 13 as home underdogs
  • Redskins 0-4 SU and ATS within the division in 2013
  • Cowboys 4-0 SU and ATS within the division in 2013


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