The Dallas Cowboys will face the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving for the first time since 2002, in a game that could likely decide the playoff fate of either team.
The Dallas Cowboys (5-5) will face the Washington Redskins (4-6) in a crucial divisional game, as both teams aim to keep slim playoff hopes alive on Thanksgiving Day. This is the first divisional matchup for NFC East on Thanksgiving since 2002 when the Dallas Cowboys, led by quarterback Chad Hutchinson and running back Emmitt Smith, beat the Redskins 27-20.
The Cowboys won their second-straight game for the first time in nearly a full calendar year on Sunday, a 23-20 overtime victory over the lowly Cleveland Browns. The Cowboys, struggling through injuries for most of the season, lost left tackle Tyron Smith while playing Mackenzy Bernadeau in his first career start at center. Bernadeau will likely get the nod once more, while Smith is said to be a gametime decision for Thursday's game.
The Redskins, meanwhile, recovered from a three-game losing streak by decimating the Philadelphia Eagles at home, 31-6. Rookie sensation Robert Griffin III has 12 passing touchdowns and just three interceptions, throwing for 2,193 yards. The dual-threat quarterback has also rushed for 613 yards and six touchdowns on 93 carries and will be a very tough test for a Cowboys defense that has mostly been inconsistent this season.
The Cowboys are just 3-point favorites over the Redskins, suggesting an evenly matched game between the two division rivals. The line currently sits at 47, with the Cowboys averaging just over 21 points per game this season.
Dallas takes on Washington this Thursday at 3:15 p.m. CT, with coverage on Fox.