Monday Night Football Betting: WASHINGTON REDSKINS at DALLAS COWBOYS (10/27)

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL — October 27

WASHINGTON at DALLAS
(GetThatBet Line: Cowboys -9.5, Total: 49) — Fundamentally speaking, the Cowboys have some big edges. They run the ball better than anyone at the moment, and more than anyone as well, which has produced 34 minutes of possession time per game. And they have managed to overcome lots of holes on defense to stymie teams like Seattle, which had just nine first downs against them. Tony Romo has been 69% accurate, and Dallas has also converted on 57% of their third down opportunities. Clearly they have overachieved. But interestingly enough, Washington has outgained its opponents by almost a yard per play. And the defense has not been half-bad, forcing opponents into punts at a rate that is second best in the NFL.

The problems with the Redskins have been turning the ball over too much and getting lousy field position. Well, in one of those areas they hope to make an improvement by putting Colt McCoy into the game. McCoy relieved Kirk Cousins against Tennessee and completed eleven of 12 passes and driving to Redskins to a win. This team does not lack for receivers, when you consider the presence of DeSean Jackson (20.3 yards per catch), Pierre Garcon (396 yards) and tight end Niles Paul (25 receptions). And Alfred Morris, who will be a key person here, seems to have done some of his best work against the Cowboys (482 yards in four games), who are allowing 4.9 yards per carry and 6.1 yards per play. Surely Dallas has made a lot of things go right for itself, but should we be completely sold on that defense? Worse Redskin teams have played competitively against the Cowboys, as evidenced by Washington 7-1 ATS mark in the last eight meetings. And that non-cover was a 31-16 Redskin loss at AT&T Stadium in which they doubled Dallas’ yardage total. We’re out on the end of a big line move on the “public” team.

THE PLAY BY JAY: WASHINGTON +9.5 *

(All information is for news matter only; All games are graded on a scale of 1-4 stars. Lines are subject to change)