Skip to main content

Cowboys Odds? Dallas Opens As 4.5-Point Favorites at Washington

Dallas and Washington play each other two of the next three weeks, in a stretch that could determine the East winner. That, combined with each team's remaining schedules, tell a story.

FRISCO - For all of the hand-wringing and teeth-gnashing ... for all of the ups and downs and highs and lows ... the Dallas Cowboys are still in control of the NFC East.

Right?

The oddsmakers, for starters, obviously think so. Dallas plays at Washington in NFL Week 14 on Sunday and while the WFT is the hotter team, the oddsmakers see Dallas as the better team - and as a 4.5-point road favorite.

Dallas tarted the season on a mission: To prove that last season's 6-10 mark was a fluke, that 2020's historically bad defense was gone, and that quarterback Dak Prescott was healed.

It took seven games and a 6-1 start, but the football world believed, with the Cowboys showing up in the top five of most NFL power rankings.

No image description

3C88339C-438A-42C4-8D7E-FA2DF47B3359
Play

Shaq Tells Cowboys to Fire Mike McCarthy, Hire Coach Deion Sanders

“Deion Sanders for the next Cowboys coach,” Shaq says. “Put it out, Tweet it, TikTok it, Instagram it… put it out.”

3B9BCA4D-A6D0-4172-BE11-979987B3459E
Play

NFL Draft: Aggies DT DeMarvin Leal as Cowboys Versatile Stud?

Will the Cowboys use their first-round pick to bolster their defensive line?

troy sean p
Play

Cowboys Ex Troy Aikman Leaving FOX - With Saints Coach Sean Payton As Replacement?

Follow along with CowboysSI.com for all the hirings and firings of the offseason

Near the bottom of the standings was Washington, plagued by 2-6 start, questions at quarterback, and a defense with a shut-down reputation that had yet to show up.

Now fast forward to Week 14. Since the 6-1 start, Dallas is just 2-3, lost Prescott for a game with a calf injury, lost coach Mike McCarthy for one game to COVID protocol, lost receiver Amari Cooper for two games to COVID protocol, and lost receiver CeeDee Lamb for one game to a concussion. Ezekiel Elliott isn't healthy, and neither is the running game.

Meanwhile, Washington has won four in a row and has quietly entered the playoff race as the sixth seed in the NFC. Maybe the most surprising aspect of the Washington winning streak is the performance of the defense after losing star Chase Young for the season and Montez Sweat for the last month.

Mix in the fact that Washington quarterback Taylor Heinicke seems to have figured some things out offensively, and that could spell trouble for the NFC East and the Cowboys.

Dallas and Washington play each other two of the next three weeks, in a stretch that could determine the East winner. That, combined with each team's remaining schedules, tell a story.

Besides the two games against Washington, Dallas has games remaining against the Giants, Arizona, and Philadelphia. Washington still must play the Giants and the Eagles twice. The schedule seems to favor Washington. ... but again, Dallas has the lead in the division and is the predicted winner when it all starts on Sunday as Washington hosts Dallas at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland at 12:00 p.m. CT. And yes, CowboysSI.com will be there.