NFL PREVIEW AT YOUWAGER: COWBOYS VS. REDSKINS

Dallas Cowboys (8-7 SU, 6-9 ATS) vs. Washington Redskins (9-6 SU, 10-5 ATS) at Washington

Kickoff: Sunday, December 30, 2012, at 8:20PM Eastern

Line: Washington -3

Total: 48.5

This could be a great game, many of YouWager’s hardcore NFL football bettors insist. It’s true. The Washington Redskins can claim the NFC East title Sunday night, with a victory at home. The Redskins are 6-0 straight up and against the spread in their last six games. The Cowboys are 0-5 ATS in spite of a 3-2 SU record in their last five games against the Washington Redskins. Washington is 4-1 SU and 5-0 ATS against their NFC East rivals in the 2012 NFL football wagering season. At YouWager, the Cowboys are currently 3 point underdogs.

No, this is not really a playoff game, but it is a significant matchup. The winner will advance, and for the defeated team, the dream is over. These two clubs squared off on Thanksgiving when Washington went to Dallas and beat the Cowboys 38-31. The score may have been close, but, as an NFL analyst at YouWager points out, the Redskins dominated that contest, from the beginning to the end.

As a rookie, Washington QB Robert Griffin III has been a phenomenon. RG3 has passed for more than 3,000 yards, 20 touchdowns, and just 5 interceptions, and he isn’t the only star on the team. Another rookie, Alfred Morris, has rushed for more than 1,400 yards. The Redskins are presently 1st in the league in offensive rushing. They are 5th in run defense, and 18th in passing. Being only 18th in the NFL in passing isn’t that great, but combine that with a superb running game, and they can do some serious damage. YouWager’s NFL expert says Washington will need to hold off the Dallas air attack. The Redskins are only rated 30th against the pass. If they can put enough pressure on Romo to force some bad passes, the season could be far from over for the Skins.

The Cowboys really want this one, too, many sportsbook bettors feel. Only one victory away from the playoffs? YouWager’s prognosticator expects to see a major passing effort from Dallas. With Washington’s poor record against the pass, Dallas will have to exploit that to win. The Cowboys have the 31st rushing offense in the NFL. QB Romo has averaged over 300 yards a game, putting Dallas 3rd in the league. But the Cowboys lost their last game, 34-31, to the Saints. Dallas didn’t cover in that contest, and the 65 combined points put the game OVER the total.

In Washington’s last game, they won on the road, 27-20 against the Eagles. The Redskins covered in that matchup, and the 47 points took the game OVER for totals bettors. YouWager bettors watched Griffin make 2 touchdowns. When they are playing in December, the Cowboys are 5-5.
When playing on grass, they are 6-4.
When playing within their division, Dallas is 4-6.

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas’s last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of their last 10 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Dallas’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Washington.

While he admits that this contest could go either way, YouWager’s NFL forecaster likes the Redskins. He thinks that they have simply been more consistent in the 2012 NFL football betting season. At YouWager, the Redskins are 3 point favorites. The total is 48.5. Game time on Sunday is 8:20PM Eastern.

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