As the newly crowned NFC East champs, will the Cowboys take it easy in Week 17? Come see which side we're picking as we tangle with the intriguing NFL betting odds.
Most sportsbooks we've looked over have the visiting Cowboys favored by a solid touchdown, though there are a couple (like BookMaker) that have a spread of 6.5 up for the taking.
A rather high total of 49.5 has been put on the board, but there's still a lot of time left for the lines to shift either way. Keep tracking our NFL odds monitoring service to get the best possible number.
Following a six-game losing streak, a run that included a lot of inner turmoil and pointing of fingers, the Redskins finally put together a winning performance in Week 16's win over an Eagles team that had plenty of motivation to get a victory. Now Philadelphia is on the outside looking in when it comes to a playoff berth.
Delving deeper into Washington's win, you have to credit Robert Griffin III for holding his own. He completed 16-of-23 passes for 220 yards with zero touchdowns and one interception, and while those numbers don't scream out efficiency, he was able to extend a lot of plays with his legs and keep the offense on the field. Don't let a couple of short-yardage touchdown runs scalped by Darrel Young take away from RGIII's overall performance.
It looks like Griffin has earned his keep once more, and his play over the last couple of weeks has been pretty impressive. It's going to be interesting to see what kind of changes are made over the offseason, as Washington's 4-11 overall record isn't acceptable - that being said, perhaps RGIII wasn't the big issue with the team's underperforming.
First things first: congratulations to the Cowboys for making back into the playoffs, and in style no less. Winning the NFC East is a great accomplishment, and the fact starting QB Tony Romo became the franchise's all-time passing yards leader during the division-clinching win over the Colts makes things only that much better.
Romo was lethal in the dismantling of the Colts, accounting for double the amount of touchdown passes (four) as he had incompletions (two). Terrance Williams found the end zone twice and Dez Bryant and Jason Witten also got in on the fun in the blowout victory. DeMarco Murray ran 22 times for 58 yards and a score, with Dallas showing little mercy to Andrew Luck and company.
These are always dangerous times in the world of handicapping, however. That's especially true in the NFL, where you practically have to throw out the previous week's results and act like they never happened. Dallas will enter the final week of the regular season having won three straight, but we're nervous that they'll be prime for a letdown spot here in the nation's capital on Sunday.
The Cowboys will want to finish off the regular season strong, and they still have an outside chance of earning a first round bye, but we have a sneaking suspicion they'll have somewhat of a letdown this weekend. They were as dominant as we've ever seen them this past weekend against Indianapolis, but we have our doubts we'll see something similar this weekend out on the road.
Of course, it helps our cause that Washington has been playing much better to close out 2014, and the Redskins will want to end the season on a positive note, especially since they'll be at home.
With RGIII showing some great things right now and Washington eager to get another win over a divisional rival, we look for the hosts to lose by seven or less points here on Sunday. Good luck with your Week 17 NFL picks!
Free NFL Pick: Washington Redskins +7