Commanders at Cowboys - Week 12
Coming into their Thanksgiving Day game above .500 and with three straight triumphs would leave the Washington Commanders highly confident. However, this is where the schedule gets especially tough.
First up on their gauntlet to conclude the campaign is the Dallas Cowboys. This is the first time that the NFC East rivals face each other this season and looking at how things have unfolded to date, they appear to be heading in different directions.
While the Commanders are currently treading water, the Cowboys look primed for another deep postseason run. Losing a close contest at the Philadelphia Eagles doesn't change that fact - although Mike McCarthy's men did miss an opportunity to secure a much-needed statement win.
The Cowboys have no such problems disposing of those teams with lesser talent. They can overawe opposition once early momentum is generated, which represents a stern test of Washington's credentials with the national television audience recovering from their in-house Thanksgiving festivities.
Prediction: Loss (6-6)
If the Commanders' offensive line isn't flawless in this one, it's going to come with grave consequences attached. A huge effort is needed with weary bodies following a grueling set of games up to this point, but it's hard to envisage anything other than a Dallas win whether Ron Rivera's men come into this game having won three consecutive encounters or not.