Cowboys Growing As Favorites Over Redskins On ‘Monday Night Football’

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DeMarco MurrayThe Dallas Cowboys host Washington on “Monday Night Football” to wrap up Week 8. Dallas opened as a 9-point favorite, and the line has climbed as high as 10.5 points at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The total opened at 49 points, and is up around 49.5 or 50, depending on the sportsbook.

Dallas is arguably the biggest surprise as the NFL approaches the midway point of the season. Dallas is 6-1 straight up, and 5-2 against the spread, including 3-0 in both categories on the road. Washington is 2-5 SU and against the spread.

This division rivalry is one of the biggest in the NFL, but the SU and ATS records diverge quite a bit. Dallas is 8-3 SU in the last 11 matchups, and 15-3 SU in the last 18 games in Dallas. However, Washington is 7-1 ATS in the last eight matchups, and 6-1 ATS in the last seven in Dallas.

Dallas has gone OVER in four of its last six games, while Washington has gone OVER in four of its last five games. The total has gone UNDER in 8 of the last 11 games between these two teams. The OddsShark.com Computer predicts a Dallas victory by a final score of 29-19. That would just miss the OVER, and would result in a push for a lot of bettors.

The most notable player on the injury list this week is Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III. He is listed as questionable, but most do not expect him to play. He was a limited participant in practice this week, but with the team’s bye two weeks away, odds are pretty good he sits through Week 9, and returns after the Week 10 bye. Third string quarterback Colt McCoy will get the start in his place, with Kirk Cousins benched due to poor performance.

Alfred Morris is listed as probable with an ankle injury suffered against the Titans, but he is expected to be a full go.

Dallas will be without right tackle Doug Free. He sat out last week with a foot injury and did not practice this week. Dez Bryant and Tony Romo are listed as probable with a shoulder injury and a back injury, respectively, but neither should be overly hindered by his injury.

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