The Dallas Cowboys were on the verge of a falling into an early 0-2 hole this season before rallying for a 27-23 victory at the Washington Redskins in Week 2. That comeback provided the impetus for a nine-game winning streak for the red-hot Cowboys, who will host the arch-rival Redskins in a rematch on Thanksgiving Day.
Dallas overcame another slow start to beat the Baltimore Ravens 27-17 on Sunday and maintain a two-game lead over the New York Giants atop the NFC East – with Washington sitting another half-game back. “We’re not going to spend a lot of time on that, to be honest with you,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said of his team’s tear, especially with such a quick turnaround for Thursday’s game. The Redskins have dug themselves out of an 0-2 hole to stay within striking range of Dallas by dismantling the Green Bay Packers 42-24 on Sunday night to improve to 6-1-1 in their last eight. “It’s one game,” cautioned Washington wideout DeSean Jackson. “This next game will determine a lot. If we go out and knock them out, a lot of people will see what we’re about.”
TV: 4:30 p.m. ET, FOX.
LINE HISTORY: The Cowboys opened as 7-point home favorites, the line went down to -6.5 on Monday morning, jumped all of the way up to -7.5 on Monday afternoon, and settled back to the key opening number of -7 on Tuesday. The total hit the board at 48.5 and rose steadily to 51 by Tuesday evening. Check out the complete history here.
WEATHER REPORT: Conditions are expected to be clear with temperatures in the upper-60’s on Thursday afternoon in Arlington.
Redskins – S W. Blackmon (Probable, thumb), WR J. Crowder (Probable, back), T M. Moses (Probable, ankle), RB M. Jones (Questionable, knee), LS N. Sundberg (Questionable, back), DE C. Baker (Questionable, hamstring), WR D. Jackson (Questionable, shoulder), T T. Nsekhe (Questionable, ankle), LB P. Smith (Questionable, back), T T. Williams (Elig Week 14, suspension), S D. Bruton Jr (Out, concussion), WR J. Doctson (Out, achilles).
Cowboys – WR D. Bryant (Probable, back), OL C. Green (Questionable, foot), DE D. Lawrence (Questionable, back), T T. Smith (Questionable, back), CB M. Claiborne (Out, hernia), S B. Church (Out, forearm), DE R. Gregory (Elig Week 15, suspension), RB D. McFadden (Probable, elbow), OL L. Collins (Doubtful, toe).
ABOUT THE REDSKINS (6-3-1 SU, 7-3 ATS, 8-2 O/U): Kirk Cousins threw a killer interception that led to the winning touchdown in the first matchup against Dallas, but he is coming off a sensational performance against Green Bay in which he recorded 375 yards in the air and three scores while posting a season-best 145.8 passer rating. Jackson returned from injury Sunday to bolster a deep receiving corps that includes Pierre Garcon, Jamison Crowder and tight end Jordan Reed, while rookie Rob Kelley has invigorated the ground game. Kelley rushed for 137 yards and three TDs on Sunday and has amassed 321 yards in his first three starts. Washington is sixth in the league with 27 sacks, including four versus Dallas in Week 2.
ABOUT THE COWBOYS (9-1 SU, 9-1 ATS, 4-6 O/U): Dallas continues to ride the rookie tandem of quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott, the two main cogs for an offense that has produced 400 total yards in eight straight games. Elliott has run for nine touchdowns and is leading the NFL with 1,102 yards rushing while Prescott has relegated Tony Romo to benchwarmer, throwing for 867 yards, eight scores and zero interceptions in his last three games. Wideout Dez Bryant, who missed more than a month due to injury, had a pair of scoring receptions Sunday and went over 100 yards in the first meeting. Dallas is suspect against the pass, allowing an average of 263.5 yards.
* Redskins are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
* Cowboys are 9-0 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
* Over is 9-1 in Redskins last 10 vs. NFC.
* Redskins are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 meetings in Dallas.
COVERS CONSENSUS: The road underdog Skins are picking 59 percent of the point spread action and the Over is getting 72 percent of the totals wagers. View full consensus data here.