It seems as though not more than a week goes by and I find myself writing about another crappy NFC East team and this week I have chosen to write about two at once!
However, as woefully bad as this whole division has been in the 2015/16 season so far, it does make for a painful and yet interesting race for the playoffs. Unfortunately, for the four teams involved (yes I am still including the 3-8 Cowboys) it might be better in the long run to start playing for a high draft pick now, rather than a place in the playoffs.
I say that partly because, whichever one of these useless franchises manages to claim the divisional crown, are highly likely to be nothing more than cannon fodder in the Wildcard round, when you consider that the two most likely Wildcard teams are currently the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks!
So, a race for the poisoned chalice it is then and although I earlier said that the Cowboys are not yet out of it, having lost QB Tony Romo again, this time to a season ending shoulder injury. There really is very little chance of them finishing anywhere but dead last in the NFC East and based on Romo’s ongoing issue with staying healthy, a high draft pick for a new franchise QB would not go a miss in Dallas.
Looking at some stats for this one, the Dallas Cowboys offence rank a lowly 29th in Points Per Game and 27th for Redzone TD Conversion. However, their defence is still a respectable unit who are 6th in Opponent Yards Per Game and 16th in Opponent Points Per Game.
Without Tony Romo under centre, it will again be down to their ground game and defence to keep the Cowboys in this game, unfortunately they are just 2-7 Against The Spread and 1-8 Straight Up coming into this crunch divisional match up.
The Redskins are by no means a match up nightmare for the Cowboys and their stats so far would not scare many teams to be honest. Their defence is 20th in Opponent Points Per Game and 22nd in Opponent Yards Per Game.
On the other side of the ball, it is a similar story with another 20th place ranking for their offence in Points Per Game and 14th in Redzone TD Conversion. However, I believe this inconsistent team has more than enough to overcome the Cowboys tonight.
They are 5-1 so far at home this season and 2-1 against divisional rivals, plus with the Eagles claiming a shock victory over the New England Patriots last night, the Redskins need a win to maintain their advantage over the rest of the NFC East.
Unfortunately, they are on the wrong side of a key number this week on the spread at -3.5, but I still think they will get the job done at home as long as their RBs can establish the ground game early and Kirk Cousins is given time to throw by his offensive line.
Sadly with this game coming after all the other Week 13 matches, I was unable to advise you on my others picks and needless to say they went 4-1 (my own Bears team the only ones to let me down, despite having a gimmie FG to win on the last play of regulation!), of course I will not include these in the official records for the season.
Handicap Betting Pick: Washington Redskins -3.5 at 2.00 with Matchbook
Prices correct at the time of writing.