Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys (-10,
A season-opening loss to San Francisco seems like a lifetime
ago for the Dallas Cowboys, who will go for their seventh
consecutive victory when they host the Washington Redskins on
Monday night. The Cowboys have surged to the top of the NFC
East behind an offense featuring DeMarco Murray, the first
running back in league history to open a season with seven
straight 100-yard games. Dallas has won seven of the last 10
versus Washington, including a season sweep a year ago.
The Redskins snapped a four-game skid last week when coach Jay
Gruden benched quarterback Kirk Cousins in favor of
third-stringer Colt McCoy, who is expected to make his first
start since December 2011. However, Gruden employed some
gamesmanship by refusing to rule out Robert Griffin III, who
has been sidelined since suffering a dislocated ankle in Week
2. “Colt’s the starter. We’re preparing for Colt to be the
starter,” Gruden said. “But we’re trying to get Robert some
reps, get him ready.”
TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN.
Pinnacle Sports opened the Cowboys -8.5 and adjusted to
-10. The total opened 49.5 and has dropped to 48.5.
INJURY REPORT: Redskins – S Ryan Clark
(Questionable, ankle), CB Tracy Porter (Questionable,
hamstring), LB Perry Riley (Questionable, knee).
Cowboys – CB Brandon Carr (Probable,
hamstring), LB Bruce Carter (Questionable, quad), DE Tyrone
Crawford (Out, calf).
COVERS POWER RANKINGS: Redskins (+3.75) + Cowboys
(-2.25) + home field (-3.0) = Cowboys -9.0
WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “Washington travels to Dallas after
snapping a four-game skid and are double-digit divisional
underdogs for the first time since 2009. They are 2-7 ATS
in their last nine road games. Despite having the best record
in football and riding a six-game winning streak, the Cowboys
are getting no respect. Double-digit favorites on Monday after
being double-digit dogs two games ago.” Covers
Expert Matt Fargo.
ABOUT THE REDSKINS (2-5 SU, 2-5 ATS, 4-3 O/U):
With Washington in dire need of a victory last week, Gruden
made a surprise move by inserting McCoy, who wound up
completing 11-of-12 for 128 yards and a touchdown in his first
action since attempting one pass last season as a member of the
49ers. While McCoy is keeping the seat warm until Griffin
returns, a major concern is the running game. Alfred Morris,
who rushed for nearly 2,900 yards in his first two seasons, has
managed only 124 over the past three games while averaging a
meager 2.8 yards per carry. Washington’s defense, which ranks
sixth with 321.9 yards allowed but has surrendered an average
of 26.1 points, absorbed a big loss when linebacker Brian
Orapko (torn pectoral) was lost for the season.
ABOUT THE COWBOYS (6-1 SU, 5-2 ATS, 4-3 O/U):
Murray rumbled for 128 yards and a touchdown in last week’s
31-21 victory over the New York Giants to push his
league-leading total to 913 while breaking Hall of Famer Jim
Brown’s record of six straight 100-yard outings to open a
season. “I think we did this as a group, so it’s hard for me to
accept this individually,” Murray said. “The offensive line is
a huge part of this. … I definitely give a lot of credit to
those guys.” Quarterback Tony Romo has multiple TDs in five
straight games after throwing for 279 yards and three scores
last week, with Dez Bryant hauling in nine balls for 151 yards.
Dallas ranked last in total defense last season with an average
of 415.3 yards but has cut that number to 343.9 through seven
* Redskins are 6-1 ATS in their last seven meetings in
* Under is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings.
* Redskins are 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall.
* Over is 4-0 in Cowboys last four vs. NFC.
COVERS CONSENSUS: According to Covers Consensus, 52
percent of wagers are backing the Dallas Cowboys.