The Washington Redskins will be trying to keep their slim 2018 playoff hopes alive when they meet the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday Night Football. The game will be played at AT&T Stadium and is scheduled to begin at 8:25 PM. ET and will be the start of NFL Week 13.
The Redskins have struggled this season, but they are still in the NFC playoff picture. A win will help improve their chances of making the playoffs, but a loss will all but eliminate them from the playoffs, making this a very big game for them.
After two close losses to the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints, the Redskins pulled off a win against the New York Giants, and will be going for their second straight win when they play Dallas.
The Redskins lost the first meeting between the two teams 33-19, and would love to get some payback and prevent the Cowboys from making the playoffs at the same time.
The Cowboys are in the same position as the Redskins in terms of the playoff race, but they have lost their last three games and none of the games have been close.
The absence of 2016 league leading rusher, Ezekiel Elliott, has played a role in their recent skid, but the team will have to figure out how to win without him because he still has three games left on his suspension.
Quarterback Dak Prescott, who won the Rookie of the Year award last season, has struggled without Elliott in the backfield, and will need to play much better than he has in the last three games to give the Cowboys a chance to win this one.
If the Cowboys can’t figure out a way to run the ball consistently and protect Prescott better than they have in the last three games, expect the Redskins to leave with a victory.
If we learned anything from last week’s games it’s that anything can happen on Thursday Night Football this NFL season. With that in mind, remember that the Cowboys are favored to win this game by 1.5 points. The over/under on total points scored is not yet available. Even without Elliott, the Cowboys are the better team, but the Redskins are playing better right now so take Washington +1.5.