Teams that have struggled all season still have a chance at the NFC East title when the Washington Football Team battles the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day. Both teams are 3-7, but just one-half game out of first place. Dallas snapped a four-game losing streak at Minnesota last Sunday, while Washington ended a two-game skid with a win at home against Cincinnati. Washington is 2-2 within the division, while Dallas is 1-2.
The game kicks off at 4:30 p.m. ET from AT&T Stadium. Dallas is a three-point favorite in the latest Cowboys vs. Washington odds from William Hill Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 46. Before locking in any Washington Football Team vs. Cowboys picks, make sure you see the latest NFL predictions from SportsLine's proven projection model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Cowboys vs. Washington. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the NFL betting odds from William Hill and the latest trends for Washington Football Team vs. Cowboys:
- Cowboys vs. Washington spread: Cowboys -3
- Cowboys vs. Washington over-under: 46 points
- Cowboys vs. Washington money line: Washington +125, Cowboys -145
- WAS: 3-8 in games played on Thanksgiving Day
- DAL: Has won eight of the nine meetings between the teams on Thanksgiving Day
Why the Cowboys can cover
Dallas' defense is led by playmaking linebacker Jaylon Smith, who has a team-high 96 tackles. Smith has made life miserable for opposing offenses and has 1.5 sacks, 6.5 tackles for loss and three pass breakups. He had seven tackles and his ninth career sack last week at Minnesota.
In the last home meeting against Washington, Smith had nine tackles, three pass breakups and an interception. He is looking for his fourth game in a row against Washington with nine or more tackles.
Also powering the Cowboys' defense is linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, who has played well against the Football Team. Vander Esch led the team with 12 tackles last week against the Vikings and had a 12-tackle performance in Week 7 against Washington. For the season, he is among Dallas' top tacklers with 38, including 21 solo.
Why the Washington Football Team can cover
Like Dallas, Washington also has a number of strong wide receivers, including Terry McLaurin and Steven Sims Jr. Last week against the Cincinnati Bengals, McLaurin led the team with five receptions for 84 yards. He is looking for his sixth game in a row with at least five catches and 70 receiving yards. He had seven catches for 90 yards and a score in the Week 7 meeting.
Sims, meanwhile, hauled in his first receiving score of the year in Week 11. He had five catches for 81 yards and a touchdown in the last road meeting with Dallas. For the season, Sims has 15 receptions for 166 yards (11.1 average) and one touchdown. He has three explosive plays over 20 yards and has converted nine first downs.
How to make Cowboys vs. Washington Football Team picks
SportsLine's model is leaning over on the total. In fact, it says Smith will pass for nearly 250 yards and two touchdowns, while Dalton will throw for more than 240 yards and a pair of scores as well. It also says one side of the spread has all the value. You can only get that pick at SportsLine.
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