It may look like the Washington Redskins’ NFC East division title last year, the first in more than ten years, was nothing but a flash in the pan. However Washington’s opponent this Sunday 13th, the Dallas Cowboys, probably owe their current divisional leadership more to the shortcomings of other teams than to their own merits, especially in a division that also includes the Philadelphia Eagles and the 0-6 New York Giants. This may arguably be one of the lowest points in one of the most fruitful and decorated rivalries in the history of the league. Online sportsbook odds makers are giving the Cowboys a 5.5 point advantage.
Nonetheless, the Redskins still have time to improve their 2012’s 10-6 record and repeat that division title. After all, their beginning of last year’s season was only slightly better than their start of this one, and they can take advantage of a Dallas team that has lost two games in a row, particularly taking into account that Washington is coming off a bye week, while the Cowboys are coming off a grueling defeat against league powerhouse the Denver Broncos. Speaking of which, Tony Romo went toe to toe with Peyton Manning almost all of the way, save for a late game interception that ultimately gave Denver the victory. Obviously, online sportsbook bettors are thinking that a similar performance by Romo this Sunday could thwart the Redskins’ expectations.
Washington QB Robert Griffin III may not be registering as good stats as Romo, but the Redskins’ real problem is their defense. They have allowed 28 points per game, while Dallas has scored slightly over 30 point a game on average. As shown by their last outing versus the Oakland Raiders, the Redskins need to keep their opposing team’s score at a minimum if they intend to win more than one game in a row. Online sportsbook gamblers are well aware that the 2010’s Washington-Dallas series is tied at three wins apiece, and also that the Redskins have come out on top in their last two meetings. The Cowboys are set to break the tie, but if they do, it certainly won’t be easy.