Washington Football Team at Dallas Cowboys Betting Preview

Thursday, November 26, 2020, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, 4:30 p.m. ET

Washington at Cowboys Betting Preview: Washington (+3/+140), Cowboys (-3/-167)

Washington Football Team

This year wasn’t supposed to be about winning for Washington, and at 3-7, it hasn’t been. Yet a mostly young team with a first-year coach, Ron Rivera, is going to get to play meaningful games down the stretch because its division is among the worst in NFL history.

If nothing else, the pressure-packed stretch run will give Rivera a better idea of who’s worth keeping when this team is good in a couple of years. And what Washington has learned is that its defense can keep it in most games, ranking ninth in points allowed, tied for third in sacks and tied for ninth in interceptions.

The offense isn’t quite as good. Although quarterback Alex Smith has authored quite a story by returning from a horrifying leg injury, there aren’t enough weapons for this unit to solve better defenses, although Dallas certainly isn’t in that category.

Dallas Cowboys

Welcome back, Dallas offense, where have you been for the previous month? Dak Prescott’s season-ending broken ankle and Andy Dalton’s frightening concussion two weeks apart rendered useless a unit with Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper and a good line.

Until Prescott was hurt, the Cowboys were piling up stellar offensive numbers. And their defense was trending just as hard in the other direction. It was like watching the Air Coryell Chargers, version 2.0. You couldn’t stop them, but they couldn’t stop you.

Dallas’ defense has been a bit better the past few games, even coming up with a game-clinching stop Sunday in Minnesota after getting strafed most of the day. It must keep improving for this team to emerge from a morass of bad teams and win the weak NFC East.

Washington at Cowboys Betting Pick for Week 12

There was once a time when this matchup was the sexiest the NFL had to offer. It is far from that anymore, but the ratings will still be good Thursday, even if the football isn’t.

As for the nuts and bolts of this one, Dallas has to play much better in the trenches than it did last month, when Washington administered a beating, outgaining Dallas 397-142 in total yardage en route to a 25-3 victory. But Washington hasn’t won on the road yet, and its tendency to start slowly could prove decisive in this one.

Washington at Cowboys Betting Pick:

Cowboys 23, Washington 20

Washington at Cowboys Best Bet for Week 12

Common sense and recent trends suggest that wagering on the under might be the best play. Until Dallas’ victory over the Vikings last week, the Cowboys’ previous four games all went under, and four of Washington’s past six games have gone under.

Factor in a short prep week limiting the time for players to recover from injuries, plus the fact teams use fewer plays on a short week, and the under sure looks like the way to go.

Washington at Cowboys Best Bet: UNDER 46 total points (-103)

–Field Level Media

Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings Betting Preview

Sunday, November 22, 2020, U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, 4:25 p.m. ET

Cowboys at Vikings Betting Preview: Cowboys (+7/-105), Vikings (-7/-115)

Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys (2-7) have endured a miserable season, punctuated by the loss of injured quarterback Dak Prescott (ankle), and many of the franchise’s fans have started to think about a high pick in the draft and how it could bolster the franchise going forward. However, seven games remain in the schedule, and the Cowboys are far from eliminated in an NFC East division race that resembles more of a crawl.

Dallas expects to welcome back quarterback Andy Dalton, who missed the past two games as he went through concussion and COVID-19 protocols. Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard provide a strong 1-2 punch on the ground, and wideout CeeDee Lamb (44 receptions) needs three more catches to set the franchise record for a rookie.

The Cowboys must find a way to contain the Vikings’ well-balanced offense, which is led by dynamic running back Dalvin Cook. That could be a tall task unless the offense is able to put together long drives and prevent the Dallas defense from spending most of the game on the field.

Minnesota Vikings

Don’t look now, but the Vikings are heating up and could make a second-half run at the postseason. Minnesota started the season 1-5 with a bevy of problems, but since then the Vikings have reeled off three straight wins and have a chance to climb back to .500 with a win Sunday.

Cook leads the NFL in rushing yards (954) and rushing touchdowns (12), and wide receiver Adam Thielen is tied for the NFL lead with nine touchdown receptions. The weak link in the early going had been quarterback Kirk Cousins, but he turned in a much better performance one week ago as he spearheaded a Monday night victory over the Chicago Bears.

On defense, Minnesota also has shown signs of improvement. The Vikings’ last two games have marked their lowest opponent scoring totals of the season.

Cowboys at Vikings Betting Pick for Week 11

Minnesota is brimming with confidence as it returns home to face an injury-ravaged Cowboys team. Yes, the Vikings will be on short rest, but winning is contagious and the team should find a way to keep its success going against a Dallas team that is half-focused on this season and half-focused on gearing up for 2021.

Cowboys at Vikings Betting Pick: Vikings 27, Cowboys 17

Cowboys at Vikings Best Bet for Week 11

Those who bet on the under in the Vikings-Bears contest came away with a profit last week, and it stands to reason that the under will pay off once again in Week 11. Dalton has missed multiple weeks and never showed rhythm even when he was at full health for Dallas.

Minnesota will rely on its bread-and-butter approach of putting the ball in Cook’s hands and looking for timely throws down the field. This could be another matchup in which the Vikings prioritize a victory over style points.

Cowboys at Vikings Best Bet: UNDER 48 points (-110)