Here we are in a week 13 game that might or might not have some value. Regardless it will be a good fun match up between two historic rivals.
Dallas is coming off of 3 very devastating losses, and Washington hasn’t been able to find consistency all season long. Currently both teams are sitting at 5-6 but Dallas has a better division and conference record. Below we will take a look at some head to head statistics between the two teams.
Let’s first start off with a basic comparison of offensive statistics.
Dallas doesn’t fair well offensively against the Redskins. Washington averages more overall yardage, points, and passing yards. It is important to note that the Redskins will be without Chris Thompson, and most likely Kelley. This will open the door for the rookie Perine even more. He performed well last week, and could possibly be gaining traction on the starting spot. Dallas only does better in the run game but that is skewed with Elliott out. Also, the team has struggled putting up points during the past 3 weeks.
Next we will take a look at the defense for both squads. Below you will see a graph that depicts a comparison of the Cowboys and Redskins defense.
So the Cowboys defense gives up less yardage than the Redskins average. I do see this being effected by the injuries both teams face. Mainly for Dallas if they do not have Sean Lee playing this week. Points per game wise, Dallas is averaging about a field goal less than what Washington allows. But the Cowboys do average significantly more yardage in the run game than what the Redskins allow. Washington on the other hand scores almost as many points as the Cowboys allow. If they attack effectively through the air, then I expect Cousins and company to make this a high scoring game.
Overall we are going to see a game between two teams fighting for a wildcard spot.
From above you can see which teams are in the playoffs and who is in the hunt. The Cowboys and Redskins both have a shot still at making it, but it will be tough. It makes you want to beg the question if one of the teams might just be in it to actually lose it. With Seattle sitting at the 7th spot, both teams will need a miracle. Even Atlanta at 6 could falter but that might just mean Seattle get’s the final spot. I believe Washington will play to lose, and this will give Dallas the edge, and a slim hope for the playoffs.