TV Schedule: Sunday, Dec. 22, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: FedEx Field
Weather: High 72, Low 50
Line: Dallas (-2.5)
Losing in devastating comeback fashion at home against the Green Bay Packers in week 15 was almost a nail in the coffin of the Dallas Cowboys‘ season. With a 7-7 record and second place standing in the NFC East, the Cowboys will need to win out in order to even have a shot at winning the division. Tony Romo has been heavily criticized for his late-game turnovers even though he has had a solid overall season, passing for 3,602 yards and 29 touchdowns. Dez Bryant‘s maturity problems have gotten in the middle of his play at times, but he has posted solid numbers in 2013, leading the team with 1,061 yards and 11 touchdowns on 81 catches. DeMarco Murray has been underused, but very efficient, rushing for 977 yards and eight touchdowns on 5.5 yards per carry.
On the other side of the field, Robert Griffin III has been benched for the remainder of the year by head coach Mike Shanahan for the betterment of the Washington Redskins in the long-term. Kirk Cousins has taken over at quarterback for the rest of the season and he has the ability to pass with accuracy while also lead the team with his tremendous leadership skills. Pierre Garcon will help any quarterback at the helm as he is having the best year of his career, catching 96 passes for 1,146 yards and four touchdowns. Alfred Morris is also a solid offensive weapon, having a great second year in the league, rushing for 1,125 yards and six touchdowns.
Defensively, both the Redskins and the Cowboys have been less than impressive this season. Washington ranks dead-last in points allowed per game while also ranking 20th in total yards allowed per contest. Dallas ranks 26th in points allowed and dead-last in both total yards allowed and passing yards allowed. Neither team has been all that impressive in 2013 on the defensive side of the ball.
PREDICTION: Cowboys 30, Redskins 34
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