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Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Football Team Pick & Prediction OCT 25TH 2020

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The only time Andy Dalton played at Washington, he tossed three touchdown passes and guided Cincinnati to 478 yards of offense in a 38-31 victory.

 

With the way Dallas is playing defense this season, those numbers from September 2012 might not be enough when his Cowboys (2-4) face the Washington Football Team (1-5) on Sunday afternoon at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.

 

The Cowboys have allowed 218 points, the most by any team in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) through six games. They are just the fifth team in NFL history to allow 34-plus points in five straight games. If Washington hits that mark on Sunday, Dallas will set a dubious record.

 

The Cowboys' mistake-prone offense has exacerbated the problem with 15 turnovers. A minus-12 turnover margin not only ranks last in the NFL, but it's nearly twice as terrible as the next-worst teams (Minnesota, Philadelphia at minus-7).

 

"We're putting ourself at a disadvantage. ... When you put yourself in the hole in the NFL like that, then you're playing catch-up and you're going uphill," owner and general manager Jerry Jones told 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday. "We can't play and win any games and create that kind of edge for a team giving us that much adversity and giving them that kind of encouragement early in the ballgames.

 

"That's a death sentence in the NFL."

 

In Monday night's 38-10 home loss to the Arizona Cardinals, Dalton threw two interceptions in his first start for the injured Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott lost two fumbles for the first time in his five-year career. Arizona turned the turnovers into 24 points.

 

Still, Dallas heads to the nation's capital as the NFC East leader and will face a Washington team that has dropped five straight games, the longest active losing streak in the NFC.

 

Washington is coming off a 20-19 road loss Sunday to the New York Giants, when its two-point conversion attempt failed with 36 seconds remaining. Kyle Allen completed 31 of 42 passes for 280 yards and two touchdowns, but also lost a fumble and threw a pick. Coach Ron Rivera has declared him the team's current starter ahead of second-year QB Dwayne Haskins, who went 1-3 in the team's first four games.

 

Slow starts have doomed Washington, which has been outscored 108-44 in the first half -- including 47-14 in the first quarter.

 

"We are making progress," Rivera said Monday. "I don't know if we have all the pieces. I do think we have some guys that are more than capable of winning, and it's a matter of having enough of those guys. It's also a matter of having the mentality, of understanding what it takes to win, what do you have to do to win, how do you have to play to win.

 

"... The thing I like is just the fact that we have a lot of young guys playing right now and this is their opportunity to learn and grow together."

 

Rivera lost two rookies to injuries against the Giants, with wideout Antonio Gandy-Golden (hamstring) and offensive lineman Saahdiq Charles (knee) both missing practice Wednesday. Also out were cornerback Ronald Darby (illness), defensive end James Smith-Williams (concussion), tight end Logan Thomas (neck) and wideout Isaiah Wright (shoulder). Rookie DE Chase Young (groin) was a limited participant.

 

An already patchwork Dallas offensive line lost left tackle Brandon Knight (knee) and All-Pro right guard Zack Martin (concussion) to injuries Monday. Tackle Cam Erving (knee) practiced Wednesday and could come off injured reserve.

 

Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory was added to the 53-man roster this week and could make his 2020 debut on Sunday after serving a substance-abuse suspension. Defensive end Aldon Smith did not practice Wednesday with a neck injury.

 

The Cowboys have won three straight meetings with Washington and seven of the last eight.

 

--Field Level Media

 

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Dallas Cowboys

Washington Football Team

Player Position Lineup
Noah Brown primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Ezekiel Elliott primary: Runningback Starter
Demarcus Lawrence primary: Defensive End Starter
Jourdan Lewis primary: Cornerback Starter
Connor McGovern primary: Right Guard Starter
Dalton Schultz primary: Tight End Starter
Jaylon Smith primary: Weak Linebacker Starter
Leighton Vander Esch primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Connor Williams primary: Left Guard Starter
Donovan Wilson primary: Safety Starter
Xavier Woods primary: Safety Starter
Anthony Brown primary: Cornerback Starter
Aldon Smith primary: Defensive End Starter
Dontari Poe primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Blake Bell primary: Tight End Starter
Trevon Diggs primary: Cornerback Starter
Neville Gallimore primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Tyler Biadasz primary: Center Starter
Andy Dalton primary: Quarterback Starter
Sean McKeon primary: Tight End Starter
Terence Steele primary: Right Tackle Starter
Cameron Erving primary: Left Tackle Starter
Dorance Armstrong primary: Defensive End Substitution
Amari Cooper primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Tyrone Crawford primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Michael Gallup primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
C.J. Goodwin primary: Cornerback Substitution
Randy Gregory primary: Defensive End Substitution
Chris Jones primary: Punter Substitution
Justin March-Lillard primary: Linebacker Substitution
Tony Pollard primary: Runningback Substitution
Adam Redmond primary: Guard Substitution
Cedrick Wilson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Antwaun Woods primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Darian Thompson primary: Safety Substitution
L.P. Ladouceur primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Greg Zuerlein primary: Kicker Substitution
Justin Hamilton primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
CeeDee Lamb primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Ben Dinucci primary: Quarterback Substitution
Daryl Worley primary: Cornerback Substitution
Francis Bernard primary: Linebacker Substitution
Rico Dowdle primary: Runningback Substitution
Everson Griffen primary: Defensive End Substitution
Joe Thomas primary: Linebacker Substitution
Steven Parker primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Greg Senat primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Luke Gifford primary: Linebacker Not active
Zack Martin primary: Guard Not active
Reggie Robinson II primary: Cornerback Not active
Bradlee Anae primary: Defensive End Not active
Malik Turner primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Rashad Smith primary: Linebacker Not active
Jordan Mills primary: Offensive Tackle Did not play
Garrett Gilbert primary: Quarterback Not active
Player Position Lineup
Jonathan Allen primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Jon Bostic primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Landon Collins primary: Strong Safety Starter
Deshazor Everett primary: Free Safety Starter
Cole Holcomb primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Terry McLaurin primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Morgan Moses primary: Right Tackle Starter
Daron Payne primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Chase Roullier primary: Center Starter
Brandon Scherff primary: Right Guard Starter
Cam Sims primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Jeremy Sprinkle primary: Tight End Starter
Montez Sweat primary: Defensive End Starter
Wes Schweitzer primary: Left Guard Starter
Kendall Fuller primary: Cornerback Starter
Kyle Allen primary: Quarterback Starter
Logan Thomas primary: Tight End Starter
Cornelius Lucas primary: Left Tackle Starter
Peyton Barber primary: Runningback Starter
Kevin Pierre-Louis primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Ronald Darby primary: Cornerback Starter
Chase Young primary: Defensive End Starter
Ryan Anderson primary: Defensive End Substitution
Troy Apke primary: Safety Substitution
Shaun Dion Hamilton primary: Linebacker Substitution
Dustin Hopkins primary: Kicker Substitution
Danny Johnson primary: Cornerback Substitution
Ryan Kerrigan primary: Defensive End Substitution
Wes Martin primary: Guard Substitution
Fabian Moreau primary: Cornerback Substitution
Jimmy Moreland primary: Cornerback Substitution
Tim Settle primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Nick Sundberg primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Tress Way primary: Punter Substitution
Jared Norris primary: Linebacker Substitution
J.D. McKissic primary: Runningback Substitution
Antonio Gibson primary: Runningback Substitution
Khaleke Hudson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Kamren Curl primary: Safety Substitution
Dontrelle Inman primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Tony Brown primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
David Sharpe primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Nate Orchard primary: Defensive End Substitution
Jeff Badet primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Temarrick Hemingway primary: Tight End Substitution
Devaroe Lawrence primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Geron Christian Sr. primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Dwayne Haskins Jr. primary: Quarterback Not active
Alex Smith primary: Quarterback Did not play
Thomas Davis Sr. primary: Linebacker Not active
Keith Ismael primary: Center Did not play
James Smith-Williams primary: Defensive End Not active
Isaiah Wright primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Casey Toohill primary: Defensive End Not active
Robert Foster primary: Wide Receiver Not active

Dallas Cowboys

Washington Football Team

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 45 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Greg Zuerlein
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 12 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Dustin Hopkins
    • Rusher: Antonio Gibson
  • MIN 7
    • scoring-play
    • Safety
    • Tackle in end zone
    • Safety Player Tackled: Dalton Schultz
    • Safety Tackler: Jonathan Allen
  • Period 2
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 15 Yards
    • Passer: Kyle Allen
    • Pass Receiver: Logan Thomas
    • Conv Kicker: Dustin Hopkins
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 52 Yards
    • Passer: Kyle Allen
    • Pass Receiver: Terry McLaurin
  • Period 4
  • MIN 13
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 30 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Dustin Hopkins
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 30% L 70%
3 7
  • Washington L 41 - 16
  • @Minnesota W 31 - 28
  • Pittsburgh L 24 - 19
  • @Philadelphia L 9 - 23
  • @Washington L 3 - 25
  • Arizona L 38 - 10
  • N.Y. Giants W 34 - 37
  • Cleveland L 49 - 38
  • @Seattle L 31 - 38
  • Atlanta W 39 - 40
W 30% L 70%
3 7
  • @Dallas W 41 - 16
  • Cincinnati W 9 - 20
  • @Detroit L 27 - 30
  • N.Y. Giants L 23 - 20
  • Dallas W 3 - 25
  • @N.Y. Giants L 19 - 20
  • L.A. Rams L 30 - 10
  • Baltimore L 31 - 17
  • @Cleveland L 20 - 34
  • @Arizona L 15 - 30

Next Games

  • @Baltimore(10-14-12) L 29 - 31
  • @Cincinnati(12-09-12) W 20 - 19
  • San Francisco(09-07-14) L 28 - 17
  • Philadelphia(10-20-19) W 10 - 37
  • @N.Y. Giants(11-04-19) W 37 - 18
  • @Pittsburgh(10-28-12) L 12 - 27
  • @San Francisco(11-23-14) L 13 - 17
  • Seattle(10-06-14) L 27 - 17
  • Carolina(10-14-18) W 17 - 23
  • @Philadelphia(09-08-19) L 27 - 32

Last Meetings

  • Football Team @ Cowboys 41-16
  • Cowboys @ Football Team 3-25
  • Football Team @ Cowboys 16-47
  • Cowboys @ Football Team 31-21
  • Football Team @ Cowboys 23-31
  • Cowboys @ Football Team 17-20
  • Football Team @ Cowboys 14-38
  • Cowboys @ Football Team 33-19
  • Football Team @ Cowboys 26-31
  • Cowboys @ Football Team 27-23

Last Injuries

Washington Football Team

  • Cornelius Lucas

    Ankle
    day-to-day | questionable

    Lucas has sat out the previous two games with an ankle injury, and it is uncertain if he will be in the lineup against the Steelers in Week 13.

  • Jared Norris

    Hamstring
    day-to-day | questionable

    Norris has missed the past three games due to a hamstring injury, and it is undetermined if he will he will participate in Week 13 against the Steelers.

  • Deshazor Everett

    Ankle
    day-to-day | questionable

    Everett has been held out of the previous two games with an ankle injury, and it is unknown if he will partake during Week 13 versus the Steelers.

  • Bryce Love

    Knee
    day-to-day | I-R

    Love has been shifted to the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list due to swelling in his knee. It is unclear if he will be activated against the Steelers in Week 13.

  • Ryan Anderson

    Knee
    day-to-day | questionable

    Anderson has been absent from the lineup during the last two games with a knee injury, and it is unclear if it will interfere with his status against the Steelers during Week 13.

  • Danny Johnson

    Knee
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Johnson is tending to a knee injury, but it is unlikely to impact his availability against the Cowboys on Thursday.

  • Terry McLaurin

    Ankle
    Prob Thurs | probable

    McLaurin is dealing with an ankle injury, but he is projected to line up for Thursday's tilt with the Cowboys.

  • Dontrelle Inman

    Hamstring
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Inman has been held out of the previous three games due to an injured hamstring, but it is likely that he will return Thursday against the Cowboys.

Dallas Cowboys

  • D.J. Reed

    Foot
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Reed is managing a foot injury, and it is undetermined if he will suit up Monday versus the Eagles.

  • Cameron Erving

    Knee
    day-to-day | questionable

    Erving exited the last game with a knee injury, and it is unclear if he will be available against the Ravens in Week 13.

  • Zack Martin

    Calf
    Late Dec | out

    Martin will miss three to four weeks with a calf injury.

  • Luke Gifford

    Suspension
    Elig Week 14 | out

    Gifford has been issued a two-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. He will be eligible to return Week 14 against the Bengals.

  • Anthony Brown

    Ribs
    day-to-day | questionable

    Brown sat out the last contest with a rib injury, and it is undetermined if he will be active Week 13 versus the Ravens.

  • Greg Zuerlein

    Back
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Zuerlein is bothered by a back injury, but it is projected that he will take the field Thursday versus the Washington Football Team.

  • Blake Bell

    Back
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Bell is tending to a back injury, but he is expected to line up against the Washington Football Team on Thursday.

  • Tyler Biadasz

    Hamstring
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Biadasz has landed on the injured reserve list due to a hamstring injury, and it is unknown when he will get back on the field.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Football Team

Kyle Allen tossed two second-quarter touchdown passes and Antonio Gibson rushed for a career-high 128 yards Sunday as the Washington Football Team snapped a five-game losing streak with a 25-3 defeat of the struggling Dallas Cowboys in Landover, Md.

Allen completed 15 of 25 passes for 194 yards as Washington (2-5) became the latest team to take advantage of the Cowboys' leaky defense. Washington outgained Dallas 397-142 and controlled the ball for more than 36 minutes.

The lopsided loss for Dallas (2-5) came with more injuries for a team already dealing with plenty of them. After losing starting quarterback Dak Prescott in Week 5 to a season-ending broken ankle, the Cowboys saw backup Andy Dalton leave this game in the third quarter after absorbing an illegal helmet-to-helmet hit from linebacker Jon Bostic.

Bostic was ejected and Dallas had to use its third quarterback in three games, rookie Ben DiNucci. The seventh-round draft pick tried three passes, completing two for 39 yards, but there was little he could do to turn this game around.

Washington's defense recorded six sacks, including a 16-yard strip-sack on Dalton from Landon Collins in the first quarter. The fumble was recovered in the end zone by Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz for a safety.

On the ensuing drive, Washington went 63 yards in seven plays. Gibson, a rookie from Memphis, capped the march with a 12-yard run at the 3:48 mark for a 9-0 lead.

The Cowboys scored their only points less than two minutes later on Greg Zuerlein's 45-yard field goal, set up by a 67-yard kickoff return from Tony Pollard.

Allen put the game away in the second quarter. After finding Terry McLaurin on a 52-yard touchdown pass with 9:54 left in the first half, Allen connected with tight end Logan Thomas for a 15-yard score 3:08 before intermission for a 22-3 cushion.

Dustin Hopkins' 30-yard field goal with 13:23 left in the game was the second half's only scoring.

Dalton was 9 of 19 for 75 yards and an interception before leaving. The Cowboys said he was being evaluated for a concussion.

--Field Level Media