McCoy Looks To Lead Redskins To Thanksgiving Win Against Cowboys

colt mccoy washington redskinsThe Dallas Cowboys (5-5) host the Washington Redskins (6-4) on Thanksgiving afternoon with the supremacy of the NFC East on the line.

The Cowboys are looking to win their third in a row to complete their turnaround and take possession of the division’s lead against a Redskins teams that has lost two of its last three games.

As both teams push for a playoff spot the Redskins face the tougher challenge as they are starting a two-game road trip against the Cowboys and Eagles with quarterback Alex Smith out for the season.

The 14-season veteran suffered two fractures in his right leg in their 23-21 home loss to the Houston Texans last week and will be replaced by Colt McCoy, a quarterback that has almost five seasons of experience in the Redskins’ system.

The Cowboys look to move into the driver’s seat with a win at AT&T Stadium, but despite their resurgence, they can’t underestimate the Redskins as they already lost to them 20-17 in Week 7 at FedEx Field.

Although that loss marked Dak Prescott’s first career loss against Washington it would be deceiving to take that game as a reference as both teams now look very different from the time they last met in October.

This will be McCoy’s first start since 2014, while the Cowboys have revamped their offensive line and have added wide receiver Amari Cooper from the Oakland Raiders.

With their improved offensive line, the Cowboys have been able to better block up front for running back Ezekiel Elliott. This is allowing the Cowboys’ top tailback to find gaps and open lanes to make people miss, reach the secondary and convert more runs into touchdowns.

The stout Redskins run defense will be an interesting challenge for the Cowboys’ ground attack as they rank 6th in the NFL allowing 95.7 rushing yards per game this season, and feature outstanding players such as Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen, who are certainly capable of stopping the run.

The importance of winning this game and controlling the division can’t be ignored as the last three teams in the NFC East who had control of the division after Week 12 went on to win it.

Prediction: Redskins 17 – 28 Cowboys

 

 

 

 

 

 

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