The Dallas Cowboys are officially playoff bound this season, thanks to the San Francisco 49ers loss on Thursday. They can also solidify the NFC East title this Sunday night when they host the Washington Football Team.
Although Dallas isn’t hitting on all cylinders at the moment, it’s won all three of its December matchups thus far.
Quarterback Dak Prescott and the offense is still struggling, however, the defense is performing at a very high level. The unit dominated last week against the Giants, surrendering just six points and creating four turnovers.
With a 10-4 record, the Cowboys are sitting pretty in terms of the division. The Eagles are in second at 7-7, so there isn’t much pressure overall.
That being said, Dallas would love to wrap things up on Sunday night and guarantee itself a home game during Wild Card weekend.
Even though Texas sports betting doesn’t exist yet, residents in the Lone Star State can venture over to nearby states to place a bet on their Cowboys.
Louisiana sports betting is available at several retail casinos right now, and will soon expand to online options, too.
Dallas Cowboys Odds Vs. Washington
The Cowboys offense did just enough to make Sunday’s victory over the Giants comfortable. Their defense was incredible again, limiting New York and its backup quarterbacks all afternoon.
The return of Demarcus Lawrence and Neville Gallimore has paid off already over the past two weeks. Lawrence’s big hit on Mike Glennon forced an early interception last Sunday to set Dallas up for its opening touchdown.
While they give up more yardage than they’d like, the defense ranks 7th in the NFL in points allowed per game. Dan Quinn’s guys are turning the ball over consistently, one of the biggest differences from year’s past.
The Cowboys are tied with Indianapolis with the most takeaways this season with 31. Of course, a lot of these have come by way of an interception from cornerback Trevon Diggs.
The second-year defensive back leads the league with 10 picks after snagging another last week.
Rookie Micah Parsons might be the only Dallas defender who’s outperforming Diggs. He’s a lock for the Defensive Rookie of the Year honors, and is in contention for the best defensive player overall.
Despite lining up everywhere including linebacker, Parsons leads the team in sacks with 12. Both Parsons and Diggs earned their first Pro Bowl nods this past week.
The defense had a strong showing in general when it faced Washington just a few weeks ago. Dallas won the contest by a final of 27-20, but Washington only scored eight points through the first three quarters. The last touchdown in this one was scored by Washington’s defense, too.
Currently, DraftKings Sportsbook shows the Cowboys laying -10 in the point spread, with a moneyline of -435. Washington is available to bet on at +330.
Cowboys Vs. Washington Props
As with a lot of games recently, Washington was shorthanded against Philadelphia because of COVID complications. It didn’t have either of its top two quarterbacks around for its last tilt, but should have Taylor Heinicke back for Sunday night.
That’s huge for its offensive outlook, as he’s by far the most capable at the position.
It appears that Heinicke and the offense will need to be clicking in order to be productive against Dallas, though. Since giving up 36 points on Thanksgiving to the Raiders, the Cowboys defense is averaging just slightly over 14 points allowed per outing.
Washington will try to lean on running back Antonio Gibson, who is closing in on 900 yards rushing this year. He’s had a rough stretch the last few weeks against Dallas and Philadelphia, totaling just 62 yards on the ground.
If Washington becomes one dimensional, it is very easy to defend.
Those who leave the state of Texas to place a wager on this game could find some game and player props in addition to the standard odds. One of the most popular is which player will score the first touchdown. FanDuel Sportsbook shows the following odds right now for which player will put it in the end zone first between Dallas and Washington:
- Ezekiel Elliott +550
- CeeDee Lamb +650
- Amari Cooper +800
- Antonio Gibson +850
- Tony Pollard +900
- Jaret Patterson +1000
- Dalton Schultz +1200
- Michael Gallup +1200
- Terry McLaurin +1300