NFL Week 17 odds: Dallas at Washington
The NFC East title will be on the line on Sunday night in primetime.
“It will be pandemonium at FedExField,” says Washington cornerback DeAngelo Hall. “The way you like it. It’s definitely going to be a playoff atmosphere. We want to be the only show on TV. That’s a good feeling. Primetime, baby.”
The victor of the Dallas-Washington matchup will win the division title and move into the playoffs. The Cowboys can only advance to the postseason as the NFC East champion. The Redskins can get in as either a division winner or Wild Card.
“We’ve got to move forward,” says Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, who last week set the single-season record for catches by a tight end with 103. “We have an opportunity to go to the playoffs. Regardless, we’ve got to go play the Redskins, play them tough and see where it falls.”
Dallas lost 34-31 in overtime to New Orleans a week ago. Tony Romo threw for 416 yards and four scores on 26-of-43 efficiency for Dallas (8-7), which fell a game off the pace for the top spot in the NFC East. Dez Bryant hauled in nine catches for 224 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Cowboys had their three-game win streak snapped. Jason Witten finished with six receptions for 60 yards, which gave him 103 receptions on the season to snap Tony Gonzalez’s record for receptions by a tight end (102) set in 2004.
Washington beat Philadelphia 27-20. Robert Griffin III was limited with a knee brace but still threw two touchdown passes. The Redskins (9-6), behind Griffin and fellow rookie Alfred Morris, recorded five road wins in one season for the first time since 1991. Griffin missed the previous week’s win over Cleveland with a sprained right knee and only ran the ball twice on Sunday to go with 198 passing yards and an interception on 16- of-24 attempts. Morris posted 91 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries for the Redskins, who are currently riding a six-game winning streak.
Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware remains a player who must be game-planned around, but it was Anthony Spencer with two sacks when these teams met earlier this season. Under the radar, Spencer has been terrific vs. the run and pass. Not only are the Cowboys’ 3-4 outside linebackers’ roles as pass-rushers crucial, but so is their ability to contain the outside run, especially considering how dangerous Griffin III is as a ball carrier off tackle. The Cowboys did not record a sack in their Week 16 overtime loss to the Saints and were very conservative with their pass-rush tactics. That conservatism did not pay off.
Back on Thanksgiving, Washington beat Dallas 38-31. RG3 threw four touchdown passes and Morris rushed for 113 yards and a TD.
WAGERWEB.COM OPENING ODDS: Redskins -3.5 (48) Check our current lines.
COWBOYS NOTES: QB TONY ROMO has franchise-record 4,685 pass yards & has only 4 4,000-yard seasons in team history. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Was. with 3+ TD passes … When RB DEMARCO MURRAY has 18+ att., Cowboys are 9-0. Has 992 rush yards (110.2 per game) in those 9 … WR DEZ BRYANT had 9 catches for career-high 224 yards with 2 TDs last week. Has 46 catches for 808 yards (115.4 per game) & 10 TDs in past 7. Aims for 8th in row with TD. WR MILES AUSTIN had 10 catches for 146 yards in last game at Was. TE JASON WITTEN has 103 catches, most by TE in season in NFL history. Has 95 catches (7.9 per game) since Oct. 1, 2nd most in NFL. Since 2007, has 547 catches, most by NFL TE … CB BRANDON CARR has INT in 2 of past 3. LB DE MARCUS WARE has 37 sacks in past 34. Has 103 sacks since 2006, most in NFL. LB ANTHONY SPENCER has 6.5 sacks in past 6.
REDSKINS NOTES: Rookie QB ROBERT GRIFFIN III completed 19 of 27 (70.4 pct.) for 304 yards with 4 TDs vs. 1 INT for 131.8 rating in last meeting. Is 2nd in NFL with 104.1 rating. Has 752 rush yards, most by rookie QB in NFL history. Is 1st QB ever with 4+ TD passes of 60+ yards & rush TD of 60+ yards in season…RB ALFRED MORRIS leads NFL rookies with 1,413 rush yards. Has rushed for 544 yards (108.8 per game) & 5 TDs in past 5. Rushed for 113 yards & TD in last meeting. Has 75+ rush yards in 13 of 15 (6 100s) … WR ALDRICK ROBINSON had 68-yard TD in last meeting. WR PIERRE GARCON had 59-yard TD in last game vs. Dal. WR SANTANA MOSS has 6 TDs in past 9. Has 3 TDs in past 3 vs. Dal … LB LONDON FLETCHER has INT in 4 of past 5. CB DE ANGELO HALL had INT in last meeting vs. Cowboys. Since entering NFL in 2011, LB RYAN KERRIGAN is only NFL player w/ 10+ sacks (16) & 2+ INT-TDs (2). Aims for 3rd in row vs. Dal. w/sack.
WAGERWEB.COM TRENDS: Under is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings in Washington. Cowboys are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Washington. Road team is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 meetings. Underdog is 23-6 ATS in their last 29 meetings. Cowboys are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 meetings.