The Dallas Cowboys (1-0) travel to Maryland in Week 2 for an NFC East showdown with the Washington Redskins(0-1). Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM EST on September 15th at FedEx Field and the game will be broadcast on FOX.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Redskins listed as 4.5-point home underdogs. That line has shifted by half a point after early betting, as Washington is currently available at +5. The total for this matchup is 43.5 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 2 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Redskins vs Cowboys Game Odds & Betting Preview
The Cowboys impressed in their home opener, crushing the Giants 35-17 at home to move to 1-0 on the season. Dallas jumped out to a 21-7 lead in the first half and never looked back, badly outplaying New York on both sides of the ball. QB Dak Prescott looked fantastic, going 25/32 for 405 passing yards and four touchdowns. The duo of Michael Gallup and Amari Cooper combined for a monster stat-line, hauling in 13 receptions for 264 yards and a touchdown. RB Ezekiel Elliott didn’t see quite his normal workload after missing camp due to a prolonged holdout, rushing just 13 times for 53 yards and a score. As a whole, Dallas racked just under 500 yards of total offense and scored five touchdowns.
The Cowboys defense was also pretty solid in Week 1, holding the Giants to under 500 yards of total offense and just two touchdowns. However, they did allow TE Evan Engram to explode for 11 receptions, 116 yards and a touchdown. RB Saquon Barkley also had a pretty good game, breaking the 100-yard rushing mark despite failing to find the end zone.
Washington couldn’t find a way to get past the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 1 despite leading by double-digits at halftime, falling 32-27 on the road. It looked like the Redskins were well on their way to a shocking upset victory until the Eagles scored 14 unanswered points in the third quarter. QB Case Keenum impressed in his first game as the new starter, going 30/44 for 380 yards and three touchdowns. Rookie WR Terry McLaurin also had a solid debut, catching five passes for 125 yards and a touchdown. The big problem for Washington on offense was their rushing attack, as Philadelphia held them to just 28 total yards on the ground. Overall, the offense scored three touchdowns on just over 400 total yards of offense.
The Redskins defense collapsed down the stretch, giving up 25 points in the second half. Washington really had a tough time with WR DeSean Jackson, who torched his old team for eight receptions, 154 receiving yards, and two touchdowns.
Free NFL Betting Predictions and ATS Pick: Dallas -5
I think there is some small value on the Cowboys side in this matchup, as I still don’t trust the Washington offense despite a solid performance in Week 1. Philadelphia was exposed through the air but didn’t let the Redskins do anything on the ground, which sets up pretty well for the Dallas defense despite playing on the road here in Week 2. Ezekiel Elliott should also be a much bigger factor in this game after getting eased back into action last weekend, especially since he wasn’t forced to overextend himself with the Cowboys up big in the second half. I also think that Dak Prescott should have a second straight big game, as the Eagles passing attack had a massive afternoon against a shaky Redskins secondary.
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It is also worth nothing that the Cowboys have owned Washington as of late, going 6-3 ATS over their last nine meetings. Dallas is also a perfect 5-0 ATS in their last five games against NFC East opponents. The Redskins, on the other hand, are only 1-4 ATS in their last five divisional matchups. As long as this line stays under a touchdown, I love the Cowboys at this price, especially with a well-rested Zeke. Dallas also has significantly more depth in the receiving game, as it looks as though Gallup and Cooper will cause major headaches for opposing secondaries all year long. Give me the Cowboys to cover on the road this Sunday!