We are now through 11 weeks of the NFL season and heading into Week 12, the Washington Redskins (6-4) and Dallas Cowboys (5-5) first met earlier in the season and the Redskins avoided the collapse with a 20-17 victory.
On Thursday, the Redskins and Cowboys meet for the final time in 2018 and this game has many implications for the rest of the season. A win for Washington extends their lead in the NFC East and a loss will help the Cowboys out as they would be tied with the Skins’ for first in the NFC East.
Washington’s remaining schedule:
- At Philly: 12/3
- Vs Giants: 12/9
- At Jacksonville: 12/16
- At Tennessee: 12/22
- Vs Philly: 12/30
Dallas remaining schedule:
- Vs Saints: 11/29
- Vs Philly: 12/9
- At Indy: 12/16
- Vs Tampa: 12/23
- At Giants: 12/30
Every game is crucial from this point on. A win for the Redskins likely helps them move into the playoffs. Currently, they sit at the fourth seed in the NFC Playoff Seeding behind Chicago who is currently third.
Dallas is sitting as an eighth seed while Philly, who somehow still has a chance to win the division is currently sitting at 12th in the playoff race.
Washington needs to win on Thursday, that is a given. If not, then they will need to win against Philly at least one time and then again defeat a struggling Giants team on December 9.
Other than playing the Saints and Philly in back to back weeks, the remaining schedule for Dallas is easy. They should be favorites against Tampa and Giants, but, the only game that could trip the Boys’ up is Indy as they are getting hot at the right time.
The Redskins will be without Alex Smith on Thursday due to a season-ending injury. Although Smith will be out, there is no need to fear if you’re a Redskins fan.
Two words as to why you should not worry: Colt McCoy
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That is right. McCoy is the leader for the rest of the way. Chris Thompson told the media that he believes in McCoy. “We had no doubt about that from the jump. We lost the game, but I will say Colt talking to us afterward really had the dudes hyped up and we’re ready to get to Dallas.”
Jay Gruden, Redskins head coach also believes in McCoy. “It’s been a luxury to have him as a backup quarterback and now it’s a great opportunity for him to take the reins. I know he’s excited about it. He’s a guy that knows the system, he’s a competitor, accurate with the football, understands where to go with the football.”
McCoy is 2-1 in three games against Dallas with 427 yards with 32 completions on 47 attempts along with a touchdown and interception.
The stats are exactly what you can expect when the Skins’ and Boys’ meet up. Expect a score like 20-17, and expect things to get heated between the two teams. Right now, ESPN has Dallas favored over 70% in this game and rightfully so. But, who cares … Redskins win, 28-24.