Washington Redskins - 1-3
Dallas Cowboys - 2-3
Redskins vs. Cowboys have quite a storied past which you can read more about at the TicketCity Blog. Considering how both teams finished the 2012 season competing for the NFC East Division title, I think both would have assumed their records would be better at this point in the season. The Cowboys have looked really good and at times, but have also looked like a team that is still in search of an identity.
The Washington Redskins have weathered an early season storm. A storm that has seen them among the worst teams in the NFL defensively, and a team that has struggled to get untracked on offense. Redskins second year QB Robert Griffin III has been up and down shaking off rust, and has yet to fully capture that magic he displayed much of last season.
Cowboys QB Tony Romo has come out of the gate with all guns blazing, and is possibly off to the best start of his career. However, as he displayed last week against the Denver Broncos, he is still plagued by the penchant to make critical errors late in games, as has been his Achilles heel throughout his career.
The Redskins troubles on defense seemed to go away, at least for one week, as they had their best performance of the season against the Raiders. But the Raiders are not what the Cowboys are offensively, so it remains to be seen exactly how the group will perform. The same might be said of the Cowboys who are still making the transition to their new 4-3 defense.
The Redskins swept the Cowboys last season in both their matchups, and that may give the Cowboys extra incentive to win this time. They have the home field advantage, and the revenge factor carried with last season’s losses. But something tells me the tough loss they suffered to the Denver Broncos last week still sticks in the Cowboys craw. It’s like agony and ecstasy, the two extremes of winning and losing.
The Cowboys would have been the toast of the league if they’d beaten the Broncos, but in losing they go from imagining being considered a contender if they’d won, to being on the verge of a season low if they lose to the Redskins. The Redskins enter the game coming off a win and bye week, and the Cowboys come in on a low.
I think those trends will continue in this NFC East division matchup. Also, Texas is Robert Griffin III’s home state, so I think he will play well in front his family and friends. The intensity of the rivalry between the two teams will make it a close hard-fought contest. But in the end, I think the Redskins will come out on top.
Score prediction: 30-27 Redskins
Points spread: Cowboys - 5
Over/under: 52.5 – Over