With the NFC East championship on the line, believe in RG III
The NFC East crown will be up for grabs when the Dallas Cowboys meet the Washington Redskins on Sunday night.
Analysts and fans alike had high expectations for Robert Griffin III this season, but few thought the Redskins would be a playoff team in his first year. People have run out of superlatives for RG III, who has a Total QBR of 71.1 (sixth in the NFL), has showed tremendous leadership and has only seven turnovers (five interceptions, two fumbles) on the season. During Washington's current six-game winning streak, the defense has also played better and has forced 12 total turnovers while limiting opponents to fewer than 100 yards rushing in four of the six contests. RG III certainly was less mobile last week (two rushes, 4 yards) wearing the knee brace to protect his sprained knee, and it will be interesting to see how much it affects him against Dallas.
For the Cowboys, they have one more chance to right another tumultuous season. Tony Romo has been terrific down the stretch, with 10 touchdowns and one interception in Dallas' past four games (three wins). But the injuries are mounting for Dallas, with Dez Bryant playing through a broken finger and DeMarcus Ware saying that he'll play despite elbow and shoulder injuries.
This season, the Cowboys are 6-9 against the spread but 5-2 ATS on the road. The Redskins are 10-5 ATS, including 4-3 ATS at home. Right now the public is backing the Redskins at a 53.8 percent clip, according to ESPN Insider's PickCenter.
Let's get an analysis on the line and total from Jay Kornegay of the Las Vegas Hotel and a pick from Geoff Kulesa of Wunderdog Sports.
Spread: Opened Redskins -3.5, still Redskins -3.5
Total: Opened 50.0, now 48.5
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