Game Predictions & Player Projections - DAL vs WAS

Game Predictions & Player Projections - DAL vs WAS


Game Predictions & Player Projections - DAL vs WAS

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Prediction: DAL 24, WAS 20 (Line: DAL by 6.5)

This is a replay of week eight when the Redskins upset the Cowboys 20-17 in Dallas.

Dallas Cowboys

1 SF 17-28 10 @JAC 31-17
2 @TEN 26-10 11 BYE —–
3 @STL 34-31 12 @NYG 31-28
4 NO 38-17 13 PHI 10-33
5 HOU 20-17 14 @CHI 41-28
6 @SEA 30-23 15 @PHI 38-27
7 NYG 31-21 16 IND 42-7
8 WAS 17-20 17 @WAS —–
9 ARI 17-29  
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DAL @ WAS Rush Catch Pass
QB Tony Romo 240,2
RB Darren McFadden 30 1-10
RB Alfred Morris 70,1
WR Dez Bryant 4-60,1
WR Terrance Williams 3-40
TE Jason Witten 5-50,1
PK Dan Bailey 1 FG 3 XP

Pregame Notes: The Cowboys clinched the NFC East and have a shot at a first round bye but that would require the Seahawks to lose to the visiting Rams (highly unlikely) and a Cardinals loss (possible). Or a win and the Packers and Lions to tie (unlikely). All of those other teams play in the afternoon and the Cowboys play in the morning so they cannot know for sure what will happen. Jerry Jones and HC Jason Garrett both say that the Cowboys will treat the game as a must win and will not rest players but there are several injured players that could use a lighter load this week in a game that in all probability has no meaning.

QUARTERBACK : Tony Romo was held to only 209 yards and one score by the Redskins in week eight but he’s been far more productive in all games since and the Cowboys – for whatever reason – are the best road team in the NFL. Romo threw for ten scores over just the last three games though his yardage all year has tended to be moderate at best thanks to the success rushing the ball.

RUNNING BACK : DeMarco Murray is playing with his broken hand and admitted it was painful all last week. He did not receive any passes but ran 22 times for 58 yards and a score on the Colts. The injury is expected to take multiple weeks to completely heal so how long Murray stays in the game is a guess. Murray already has 377 carries and 54 catches on the season which ties Emmitt Smith exactly for the most carries in a single season already. How Murray has gone from a perpetually injured back to the paragon of durability is hard to explain.

WIDE RECEIVER : Dez Bryant scored against the Redskins but only managed three catches for 30 yards. Bryant totals 14 touchdowns to lead the NFL and his best efforts have been in road games where three of his four 100 yard games occurred. Terrance Williams finished with six receptions for 69 yards versus the Skins and he scored twice on the Colts last week but had no fantasy value in the five games between when he never had more than 38 yards. Cole Beasley scores every other week lately but he never has appreciable yardage and is too unreliable for a fantasy start.

TIGHT END : Jason Witten caught five passes for 70 yard and one score in the previous meeting and he scored just last week with 90 yards on the Colts but has been hard pressed to top 35 yards in most games this year.

MATCH TO THE DEFENSE: This is hard to call. The Cowboys say they will not rest players even though realistically there is nothing to gain by playing full games for the star players and everything to lose. Murray will start but how long he plays cannot be more than speculation. Romo may stay on the entire game but if it looks already over one way or the other or if he is getting banged around would he remain? He was sacked five times in the last meeting. Murray and Bryant are must starts but all else is a huge risk and even those two may end up with lesser stats than they could have produced.

Gaining Fantasy Points DAL 14 3 11 12 12 22
Preventing Fantasy Points WAS 31 3 26 28 11 30

Washington Redskins

1 @HOU 6-17 10 BYE —–
2 JAC 41-10 11 TB 7-27
3 @PHI 34-37 12 @SF 13-17
4 NYG 14-45 13 @IND 27-49
5 SEA 17-27 14 STL 0-24
6 @ARI 20-30 15 @NYG 13-24
7 TEN 19-17 16 PHI 27-24
8 @DAL 20-17 17 DAL —–
9 @MIN 26-29  
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vs Rush Catch Pass
WR Pierre Garcon 4-50
WR DeSean Jackson 5-110,1
WR Andre Roberts 3-50
TE Vernon Davis 1-20
TE Jordan Reed 5-50

Pregame Notes: The Skins come off a surprising upset win over the Eagles that ended a six game losing streak and suddenly made Robert Griffin III look like a quarterback again. This is the finale at home and would be a huge treat if they could sweep the Cowboys but the win last week served notice the Skins were not dead yet and the Cowboys at least say they want to win this game and will not rest players.

QUARTERBACK : Colt McCoy passed for 299 yards and one interception in Dallas but ran in one touchdown. Robert Griffin III gets the start here and could do his status a world of good with a solid showing if not a win. Griffin only threw for three touchdowns in the eight games that he played in and never gained more than 267 pass yards or scored as a runner.

RUNNING BACK : Alfred Morris ran for 73 yards and one score in Dallas and he’s been solid when at home other than against the Rams. Darrel Young did nothing this year until last week when he came in and stole the two short yardage touchdowns. The rushing effort goes through Morris only now and yet he still has very little role as a receiver.

WIDE RECEIVER : DeSean Jackson laid down six receptions for 136 yards Dallas and was struggling more with Griffin as the starter until last week when he stuck his old employer of the Eagles with four catches for 126 yards. Pierre Garcon only ended with four catches for 47 in Dallas and remains a marginal fantasy play every week since he has not scored since week seven and rarely ends up with more than 50 yards in any game.

TIGHT END : Jordan Reed still has yet to score this year but managed seven catches for 40 yards in Dallas. He’s more likely to turn in a single catch than to have any fantasy relevant game. Even against the Cowboys #32 defense against tight ends he could not score.


Gaining Fantasy Points WAS 16 9 25 13 27 29
Preventing Fantasy Points DAL 14 17 4 32 3 16

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