Two of the NFL’s best defenses prepare to clash as the Dallas Cowboys’ (3-3) 2nd-ranked defense heads to Fedex Field to take on Washington (3-2) and their 8th-ranked defense in Week 7 (October 21, 2018 at 4:25pm EST). Online sports betting sites have taken notice of these dominant defenses, setting the game total at just 41.5, with Washington opening as 1.5-point favorites.
The Cowboys’ defense has been a force this season. Not only are they badgering quarterbacks, ceding only 224.5 passing yards per game (8th), but have also stuffed opposing ground games, allowing just 90.7 rushing yards per game (7th). All told, they currently sit 4th in total defense.
Allowing minimal yards has translated to a great scoring defense. Dallas is second in the league, allowing just 17.2 points per game.
Alex Smith (91.9 passer rating this season) and Adrian Peterson (339 rushing yards) will both have to be on top of their games for Washington to score more than a handful of points on Sunday. “Settling” for field goals should be seen as a victory.
The Washington defense has also excelled in all facets, ranking 9th against the pass, surrendering just 236.0 passing yards per game, and 6th against the run, giving up 90.2 yards per game on the ground.
Led by Matt Ioannidis and his 3.0 sacks this season, Washington’s defense has harassed offenses all year, and will look to do the same against Dak Prescott and the Dallas offense in Week 7.
Prescott (1,144 passing yards this year) will not only need to rely on Ezekiel Elliott (586 rushing yards) and the ground game, but will need Cole Beasley (294 receiving yards) to make some huge plays for him in the slot in order for Dallas to move the rock against the no. 5-ranked total defense.
The last meeting between these two came on November 30th, 2017, when Dallas hammered Washington, 38-14. Washington served as the favorite in that game, too, laying 1.5 points.