Bet Against NFL Odds Fave in Monday's Redskins vs. Cowboys

Jeff Grant

Thursday, October 23, 2014 3:05 PM GMT

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 3:05 PM GMT

The Dallas Cowboys are heavily favored on this week’s edition of Monday Night Football, which makes the Washington Redskins an attractive against-the-spread pick.

The Real McCoy
Washington is expected to send out Colt McCoy under center for this NFC East matchup, which is important to consider when making your pro football picks, as he’s compiled a 6-15 SU and 7-13-1 ATS record as a starter.

The Redskins have been holding out hope that No. 1 signal-caller Robert Griffin III would return from an ankle injury suffered in Week 2, but I simply don’t see head coach Jay Gruden rushing the process.

Former Michigan State star Kirk Cousins had his opportunity of potentially keeping the job long term, but he has been intercepted nine times over the last five games.

 

America’s Team
Dallas has seemingly lost its distinction of being American’s Team to the Denver Broncos due to its mediocrity over the last decade, but it may regain that distinction if it can capture its seventh consecutive game.

The Cowboys have gone to a balanced approach offensively with running back DeMarco Murray leading the charge, which can’t be ignored when looking over the pro football betting lines, as he’s gained 913 yards on 187 carries.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the squad is 14-6 SU and 7-13 ATS as a favorite, with the OVER going 11-9 in that situation.

 

Haslett is the Key
The Redskins are surprisingly one of only three teams in the league that rank in the top 10 in both total offense and defense, which means they can cover this number if McCoy protects the football.

Gruden was smart in retaining defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, as Washington has produced a 7-1 ATS mark with him on the sidelines in this NFC East rivalry.

 

Under the Bright Lights
The Cowboys have already moved from 7.5-point favorites to as high as 10 in the market, but sports bettors need to be careful in backing one of the more “public” teams in professional sports moving forward.

It’s important to point out that Dallas has failed to cover the number in 10 of its last 11 opportunities as favorites on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Redskins as one of their top Week 8 NFL picks, as they’ve gone 6-1 ATS in their last seven road games in this series.

NFL Pick: Washington Redskins +10 at BetOnline

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