NFL Week 12: Redskins vs. Cowboys

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Nov 2012

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Washington Redskins (+3) @ Dallas Cowboys (-3) Nov. 22, 2012 4:15 p.m. ET

The Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins got the 2012 NFL season off to a red-hot start. Rookie sensation Robert Griffin III outdueled superstar Drew Brees by taking down the New Orleans Saints in Week 1 while Tony Romo’s squad was able to get the best of the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants in the season-opener. With both teams getting off to hot starts, the season outlook was bright to say the least. The Redskins finally found a franchise quarterback to build around and the Cowboys were headed in the right direction with Romo back on track. Unfortunately, shortly after the success of Week 1, reality struck both of these storied franchises. Washington lost three of the next four games and Dallas had exactly the same results. The promising start was seemingly nothing more than a season-opening fluke for both teams, but despite the struggles early on, there may be some light at the end of the tunnel. Dallas will head into the Thanksgiving Day matchup with Washington riding a two-game winning streak and finally back to .500 with a 5-5 record. With the Giants struggling to stay afloat as a late (6-4), the Cowboys winning the NFC East division title isn’t a distinct possibility if Romo and company can continue to win football games moving forward. As for the Redskins, Griffin has been able to lead Washington back within striking distance as well with a 4-6 record, and two games left on the schedule against the Cowboys and Giants. Needless to say, there’s hope for both teams heading into this matchup. Although only one game separates these two teams in the East, the Cowboys have much more to lose if they fail to come out on top on Thursday. There’s been talk of a coaching and quarterback change at season’s end if Dallas can’t turn things around in the second half of the season. The Cowboys definitely got the memo with the current winning streak intact, but they will need to continue winning to fend off the critics and an unfavorable fate for Romo and head coach Jason Garrett. Heading into this NFC East showdown on Thanksgiving Day, Dallas has been dubbed the favorite with a -3 point spread to get the win at home. With Dallas in desperation mode and seemingly hitting their stride, it’s safe to give the Cowboys the nod here.

Prediction: Cowboys -3

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