Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys
Date and Time: Monday, 10/27/14 at 8:35m on ESPN
Game Line: Dallas Cowboys -10 (WagerWeb)
Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys Monday Night NFL Football Analysis: While the Dallas Cowboys have been on a roll to start the season, the Washington Redskins don’t even have a starting quarterback. The Cowboys will try to win their seventh in a row on Monday night when they host a Redskins team that will give third stringer Colt McCoy his first start in three years. Running back DeMarco Murray is the catalyst, becoming the first running back in league history to start a season with seven straight 100 yard games. He leads the NFL with 913 yards and seven rushing touchdowns, gaining 128 yards on 28 carries with a score in last Sunday’s 31-21 win over the Giants. The NFL’s top rushing attack has made life easier for Romo, who has a league high 69.2 completion percentage. His passer rating is a career best 104.7 after he threw for 279 yards and three scores last weekend. Washington ended a four game slide with last Sunday’s 19-17 win over Tennessee. McCoy was 11 of 12 for 128 yards and a touchdown in relief of an ineffective Kirk Cousins, who was intercepted for the NFC worst ninth time. Coach Jay Gruden has named McCoy the starter Monday, though he also said there is a chance that Robert Griffin III can return from a five game absence due to an injured left ankle. Gruden said Griffin has yet to be cleared for full contact, and that he’d like to see Griffin go through a couple of days of rigorous practice once the OK comes from doctors. These teams feature explosive receivers. The Cowboys’ Dez Bryant enters Week 8 in eighth place in the league with 590 yards and the Redskins’ Desean Jackson is ninth with 528. Jackson, however, had one receiving touchdown in 10 games against the Cowboys with NFC East rival Philadelphia. The Redskins could use a boost from Alfred Morris, averaging a career low 62.9 yards on the ground. The third year back gained 313 in a sweep of Dallas in 2012 before amassing 168 last year in two defeats. Washington will be without three time Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Orakpo, who will miss the rest of the season due to surgery on a torn right pectoral muscle. Rookie second-round pick Trent Murphy will start in Orakpo’s spot. The Redskins have dropped eight straight to NFC East foes for their longest skid in the division since a 15-game slide from 1993-94. While Dallas may not be as good of a team as their seven game winning streak indicates, they should have no problem handling their business against a familiar foe at home, while they’re reeling from injuries and struggling on both sides of the football.
Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys Free NFL Picks: Dallas -10 and under 50
Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys Game Prediction: 28-14 Cowboy
What to expect in this Week 8 NFL Football match up: Dallas probably isn’t one of the best teams in the NFC like their record indicates, their defense isn’t the strongest and Tony Romo is known for costing his team with interceptions in these prime time games. But not even Tony Romo will be able to keep his team from running all over a beat up Washington Redskins defense. Murray will have 25+ rushing attempts and 100 yards, while Colt McCoy will prove why he has been in a backup role for most of his career. Dallas will fall from grace eventually this season, but it won’t be on Monday night.