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Week two in the NFL features a key, early season NFC East battle as the Dallas Cowboys travel east to play the Washington Redskins on Sunday, September 15. Kickoff is at 1:00 p.m. Eastern at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. These two rivals split their games last year, with both teams winning at home. The Cowboys are a slight favorite here.
The Cowboys looked like the Super Bowl contenders that many people predict they will be in 2019 last week. They destroyed the Giants in week one by the score of 35-17. Dak Prescott was statistically perfect, as he posted a perfect quarterback rating to lead the Cowboys. The game wasn’t even as close as the final score indicated as the Giants scored a late garbage touchdown. They are pretty healthy and are loaded with talent as they look to go 2-0.
The Redskins are 0-1 and are coming off a frustrating loss to another NFC rival, the Philadelphia Eagles. They had built leads of 17-0 and 20-7 before the Eagles got hot and staged a second half comeback to win 32-27. There were a lot of positives, including the play of quarterback Case Keenum, but the Redskins suffered a big loss with an injury to starting running back Derrius Guice, who suffered a knee injury and is out indefinitely.
When these two teams meet, the games are usually close, no matter what their records are.
Prescott is perfect in win over Giants
The Dallas Cowboys scored an impressive 35-17 win over the Giants in week one of the 2019 NFL season. The game was not even as close as the score would indicate as the Giants scored a late garbage touchdown. Quarterback Dak Prescott was perfect, at least statistically, as he had a perfect quarterback rating of 158.3, which is as high as you can get. He’s the first Cowboys quarterback in 50 years to do that — and there have been some pretty good Cowboy quarterbacks over the years.
Just look at the numbers. He went 25 for 32 and threw for 405 yards with 4 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. He was named the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Week. Coach Jason Garrett praised his quarterback.
Jerry Jones likes the way his QB has evolved.
“Anybody that tells you they saw Dak doing this coming out of college doesn’t have their memory on right,” he said. “He has evolved, he’s doing things out there right now that is rewarding to everybody involved, but that’s a progression. He has evolved, and that’s what you hoped for.”
“I really do believe accuracy is something that you can improve upon over the course of your career. I think some of that comes from working technically, whether it’s your footwork or your delivery, all of that. But some of it just comes from playing in games and being in those situations — being able to get back in a fundamentally sound position over and over again when you’re under duress. I thought he did that tonight, really throughout the ball game. Protection was outstanding and it was just a good mix. We got different guys involved. He was seeing the defense well, throwing it to the right guys and he had command of the offense,” Garrett told the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
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Running back Ezekiel Elliott had 53 yards on 13 carries with a touchdown. But the other breakout performance came from wide receiver Michael Gallup, who caught 7 passes for 158 yards. Amari Cooper had 6 catches for 106 yards and a touchdown. Randall Cobb, Blake Jarwin and Jason Witten all caught touchdown passes.
If there was one negative, it was the defense. They allowed Eli Manning to throw for 306 yards and gave up 120 yards on the ground to Saquon Barkley. They’ll need to tighten that up when they start playing good teams.
Redskins get steamrolled after good start
Things looked really good for the Redskins in the early part of their opening game against the Eagles. They jumped out to a 17-0 lead against their division rivals and looked to be on their way to an upset win. After a field goal, they went up 20-7, but then the Eagles woke up and rattled off 25 straight to soar to a 32-27 victory.
There were some bright spots for the Redskins, namely Case Keenum, who went 30 for 44 for 380 yards and 3 touchdowns with no interceptions. Rookie receiver Terry McLaurin had a breakout game, catching 5 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown.
Now for the bad news. Running back Derrius Guice injured his meniscus and will be out for a while. How long is not yet clear. But that’s a serious blow as Guice is their lead running back. To make matters worse, the Redskins had no one to back him up as coach Jay Gruden deactivated Adrian Peterson before the game. That left only Chris Thompson in the backfield and he was not a factor. Now, Gruden has not only activated Peterson but named him the starter for the week two game against the Cowboys.
The defense was obviously a problem in their loss to the Eagles, as they gave up 436 yards against the Eagles, including 313 yards in the air. That could be a serious problem against the super-charged offense of the Cowboys.
- Redskins are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games in Week 2.
- Redskins are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Redskins are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NFC.
- Cowboys are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. NFC East.
- Cowboys are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
- Cowboys are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games after allowing more than 250 yards passing in their previous game.
- Cowboys are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in Week 2.
- Cowboys are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after accumulating more than 350 total yards in their previous game.
- Cowboys are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games after scoring more than 30 points in their previous game.
- Cowboys are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games after accumulating less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Cowboys are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. NFC.
Updated on Sep 15 at 4:25am EDT
Update prepared by our editoral staff
Public Money / Line Movements
Dallas has gone from -4.5 up to -5.5 while getting 79% of the bets. The Sharps are keeping the line movement on Dallas down.
Injury / Weather Report
Dallas’ Impact Injury Report
Out: WR Tavon Austin and LB Luke Gifford
Washington’s Impact Injury Report
Questionable: CB Quinton Dunbar
Doubtful: CB Fabian Moreau
Out: TE Jordan Reed, QB Colt McCoy, RB Derrius Guice, DT Caleb Brantley, and DE Caleb Brantley
Gametime Weather: Partly cloudy with temps in the lower 80s.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Take the Cowboys here giving up the points. I love the Cowboys here. Yes, the Redskins are home and they always play the Cowboys tough, even when they are not good. But the Cowboys have just too much firepower for a very suspect Redskins defense. Prescott manhandled the Giants and given how many yards the Redskins gave up to the Eagles, he should be able to carve up the Washington secondary. Prescott just has so many weapons at his disposal — with three good receivers, 2 good tight ends, and, of course, Zeke Elliott coming out of the backfield. They should easily win this game by at least a touchdown, probably more. The Cowboys are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Washington and the road team is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 meetings.
Prediction: Dallas -4.5
Full-Game Total Pick
Take the over. I love the over here. The total is set too low here at around 46 points, so the total score should easily go past that. If you look at the offense these two teams generated last week, they scored a combined 62 points. Two strong offenses against defenses that were not great in week one equal lots of offense. The over is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams. Also, the over is 5-0 in Cowboys last 5 vs. NFC East and 6-1 in the Redskins last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.