NFL Thanksgiving Preview & Player Props: Washington at Cowboys

Alex Smith of the Washington Football Team
Alex Smith of the Washington Football Team (photo credit: Imagn/USA TODAY Sports)

Two 3-7 teams will amazingly be battling for a potential playoff spot in the Thanksgiving afternoon game, as the Washington Football Team will be taking on the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys are home favorites on the point spread in this one. In this NFL Thanksgiving Day betting preview, we’ll break down the Washington vs. Cowboys matchup from an NFL betting perspective and provide a few free picks for the game.

Washington Football Team at Dallas Cowboys (-3)

Thursday, November 26, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. ET
AT&T Stadium
Arlington, TX

Both teams are coming off of victories last week to get them into the thick of the race for first in this putrid division. Alex Smith secured his first win last week since his horrific leg injury two years ago, and he will be looking for another in a very winnable game here.

Andy Dalton Breathes New Life Into Offense

The bottom looked like it had completely fallen out for this Cowboys offense after Dak Prescott went down with his ankle injury, and then Dalton missed a few weeks with a concussion. However, the Red Rifle came back last week and looked impressive in a 31-28 upset victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Dalton only threw for 203 yards, but he made them count with three touchdowns, including an incredible catch from CeeDee Lamb, who looks to also be back from the dead.

The Football Team have a very solid pass rush, so they will look to get after Dalton to get him uncomfortable in the pocket. However, if this make shift Cowboys offensive line is able to hold up, it could be another nice passing day for Dalton and his still stacked group of weapons.

Football Team Defense Continues To Impress

The horrific Joe Burrow injury overshadowed what was an impressive performance from this Football Team defense, who will likely be the strongest of the four units on the field Thursday. They rank sixth in yards allowed per game at just 315.8, They lead the lead in passing yards allowed per game, and also rank in the top ten in points allowed per game. Chase Young has proven to be worthy of the #2 overall selection, with 3.5 sacks and two force fumbles on the year.

When these two teams met in late October, Dallas was held to just three points in what was Andy Dalton’s debut as the starter. The Cowboys should be much better prepared this time around, so don’t expect another single-digit performance from this team.

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Point Spread Pick: Washington Football Team (+3)

There are a few factors that go into this pick. Rule of NFC East, meaning that you usually want to take the team getting points in these divisional games that are often unpredictable. As mentioned earlier, the Washington Football Team defense is the top unit in the game, and they will likely win the battle of the lines up front, getting pressure on Andy Dalton, and containing Zeke Elliot. Alex Smith should be able to carve up this Cowboys secondary with quick and intermediate passes, so look for Washington to complete the season sweep here, and vault into the lead in the division.

Amari Cooper Player Prop: Over 4.5 catches

Despite all of the inconsistency at Quarterback for Dallas this year, the one player who has been reliable through it all is the one who has been marred by his own inconsistency in his young career, Amari Cooper. For years, Cooper would follow up three touchdown games with one catch efforts, driving Cowboy fans and his fantasy owners alike mad. However, Cooper has been solid the last month, logging games of seven, seven, five, and six catches, with a one catch clunker in the middle against Philadelphia. Dalton will need to get Cooper involved in order to stretch the Washington defense, so he should be able to get close to the 7-80 line that he put up against Washington a few weeks ago.

Terry McLaurin Player Prop: Over 73.5 yards

Speaking of receivers that have remained stout with inconsistent Quarterback play, that has been Terry McLaurin in Wasington. McLaurin is fourth in the lead in receiving yardage, and has been an absolute monster in his last five games, registering yardage totals of 74, 90, 115, 95, and 84. He got seven catches in all those games but the last, where he “only” had five. He is undoubtedly the best weapon in this passing attack, and the more snaps that he gets under center, the more confident Alex Smith should be to take a few deeper step backs, and sling it out to what should be a Pro Bowl wide receiver this year. Take the over.

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