Can Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys offense get revenge on Washington’s defense and take sole possession of first in the NFC East? (AP Photo/David Berding)
- The Washington Football Team takes on the Dallas Cowboys with first in the NFC East on the line (4:30 EST)
- This is the 10th all-time meeting between these two teams on Thanksgiving
- Which players will shine in the second Turkey Day window?
The late afternoon Thanksgiving game is yet another truly surreal 2020 experience. Just think: we’re about to watch Andy Dalton and Alex Smith play for the lead in the NFC East. That alone would have sounded crazy at the start of this calendar, before you throw in the fact that the winner of this Washington vs Dallas clash will be in first at 4-7.
With an ugly-looking opener in Detroit and the night game getting postponed, can this historic rivalry rise to the occasion and give football fans their Thanksgiving fix?
Honestly, the game will probably end in a tie. But these props should still come through!
Washington vs Dallas Player Props
|Passers||Completions||Passing Yards||Passing TD|
|Alex Smith (WAS)||21.5 (Ov -113 | Un -113)||242.5 (Ov -110 | Un -110)||1.5 (Ov -106 | Un -120)|
|Andy Dalton (DAL)||22.5 (Ov -113 | Un -113)||251.5 (Ov -110 | Un -110)||1.5 (Ov -111 | Un -115)|
|Rushers||Rush Attempts||Rush Yards||Rush + Receiving Yards|
|Antonio Gibson (WAS)||14.5 (Ov -113 | Un -113)||52.5 (Ov -137 | Un +110)||N/A|
|JD McKissic (WAS)||N/A||26.5 (Ov -118 | Un -106)||57.5 (Ov -108 | Un -118)|
|Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)||17.5 (Ov -120 | Un -106)||70.5 (Ov -118 | Un -106)||92.5 (Ov -113 | Un -113)|
|Tony Pollard (DAL)||N/A||28.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)||N/A|
|Receivers||Receptions||Receiving Yards||Longest Reception|
|Terry McLaurin (WAS)||5.5 (Ov -150 | Un +118)||73.5 (Ov -143 | Un +115)||25.5 (Ov -113 | Un -113)|
|Logan Thomas (WAS)||2.5 (Ov -170 | Un +132)||29.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)||15.5 (Ov -130 | Un +102)|
|Cam Sims (WAS)||2.5 (Ov +126 | Un -162)||26.5 (Ov -110 | Un -110)||15.5 (Ov -113 | Un -113)|
|Amari Cooper (DAL)||4.5 (Ov -166 | Un +130)||59.5 (Ov -115 | Un -105)||19.5 (Ov -102 | Un -125)|
|Michael Gallup (DAL)||3.5 (Ov +132 | Un -170)||39.5 (Ov -110 | Un -110)||17.5 (Ov -128 | Un +100)|
|Ceedee Lamb (DAL)||4.5 (Ov +110 | Un -140)||54.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)||22.5 (Ov -113 | Un -113)|
Odds taken Nov. 25 from DraftKings and FanDuel.
Zeke Too Full to Eat
Eleven weeks into the season and Cowboys fans could finally call off the search party: they found Zeke Elliott. The running back was located in Minneapolis, taking advantage of a pretty average Vikings run defense for his first 100-yard rushing game of 2020.
#FEEDZEKE 🍽 @ezekielelliott#DALvsMIN on @NFLonFOX pic.twitter.com/idhucyBAdK
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) November 22, 2020
It was nice that Zeke had that effort on Sunday, because now he’s gotten it out of system. He can go back to being the ineffective rusher that isn’t even the best member of the Cowboys backfield.
Rushing grades through 11 weeks:
🔹 Tony Pollard – 81.0
🔹 Ezekiel Elliott – 69.1 pic.twitter.com/5FTiS5RO0K
— PFF (@PFF) November 25, 2020
Washington bottled up Elliott in their first meeting this season, holding him to 51 total yards on the day. The Cowboys offensive line has been reshuffled a little since that day and are playing better. But this new unit with Connor McGovern at guard still hasn’t come up against a front seven quite like Washington’s, and they’ll be tested in all areas.
Be the hammer 🔨 not the nail!!!! #WashingtonFootball #Cowboys
Zeke Elliot gets blown up by Cole Holcomb!!!! pic.twitter.com/SyIdpfAVog
— Darren M. Haynes (@DarrenMHaynes) October 25, 2020
Of all the units in the NFC East, Washington’s defense is the only one you could actually consider playoff-worthy. Look for them to do their job by shutting down Elliott and putting this game in Dalton’s hands.
Pick: 1 unit on Ezekiel Elliott UNDER 92.5 total yards (-113)
McLaurin Ready and Roarin
As fantasy players surely know, the Cowboys defense is bad at stopping tight ends. But did you know that they’re also bad at stopping every other position?
Yeah, Dallas is just awful at all the things. So you could make a pretty convincing case for most Washington players’ overs here. But why not zero in Terry McLaurin, their top receiving threat. He’s developed a nice rapport with Alex Smith over the last three games, topping 74 yards in all those outings.
Alex Smith and Terry McLaurin connect on the deep ball for 42 yards!
📺: #CINvsWAS on CBS
📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports app: https://t.co/XvGQdBFS2I pic.twitter.com/k568vk358W
— NFL (@NFL) November 22, 2020
McLaurin comes in with an ankle injury, but reportedly would’ve been a full practice participant on Wednesday. He should be good to go and ready to light up the Dallas D after a 90-yard outing in their first matchup.
Just watched the film. I saw one play roughly at the ~11 min mark remaining in the 4th where Terry McLaurin may have had his ankle rolled up on.
Next two plays, he proceeded to absolutely torch the DB defending him.
I’m not concerned about McLaurin for Wk12. https://t.co/jPOvaSVyOD
— Jeff Mueller, PT, DPT (@jmthrivept) November 24, 2020
No matter the game script, Washington will get McLaurin the ball. He’s their best offensive player by a mile and should show the nation that on the most-watched game of the regular season.
Pick: 1 unit on Terry McLaurin OVER 73.5 receiving yards (-143)
2020 NFL MVP Odds Tracker
Washington vs Dallas Scoring Props
|Team||Odds to Score 1st TD||Odds to Score Any TD|
|Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)||+550||-143|
|Antonio Gibson (WAS)||+700||+100|
|Terry McLaurin (WAS)||+850||+135|
|Amari Cooper (DAL)||+850||+165|
|Ceedee Lamb (DAL)||+1300||+175|
|JD McKissic (WAS)||+1400||+225|
|Dalton Schultz (DAL)||+1500||+250|
|Logan Thomas (WAS)||+1800||+250|
|Michael Gallup (DAL)||+1800||+260|
|Tony Pollard (DAL)||+1800||+300|
Thomas Tudder Time
I did mean what I meant before though. The Cowboys have allowed six touchdowns to opposing tight ends, including Logan Thomas in these team’s first meeting. Smith hasn’t been able to connect with the former QB in the end zone yet, but he has given him 16 targets over the last three games.
Logan Thomas has his best game in Washington
4 REC 60 YDS1 TD #WashingtonFootball
— Wizskins (@Itswizskins) October 27, 2020
If that score is to come, why wouldn’t it be against Dallas. And with juicy odds to score anytime, I think that’s the play I’ll roll with here.
Pick: 1 unit on Logan Thomas to score a TD anytime (+250)
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