The gap between the Washington Football Team and the Dallas Cowboys coming into tonight’s game is separated by four games and going into this 15th game of the season it is now impossible for Washington to catch Dallas in the standings. Washington (6-8) just needs to win out for a shot at a Wild Card. Three weeks ago, the WFT had the seventh best record in the NFC, but after dropping two straight games, they are on the outside looking in.
On the other hand, Dallas (10-4) is atop the NFC East and looking to win out to get a first round bye. While this isn’t a must win game for the Cowboys, it feels that way for the football team from Washington as they fight for their playoff lives.
Hopefully Washington has put the COVID nightmare behind them, and so far head coach Ron Rivera who is a cancer survivor has avoided COVID even though he has come in direct contact with coaches and players with the virus.
If there is any good news, the WFT got several players back from the COVID list including quarterback Taylor Heinicke. Unfortunately, Washington lost a few players to various injuries and running back Antonio Gibson hurt his toe again. A toe injury landed him out several games last year.
With J.D. McKissic already on injured reserve, it magnifies this Gibson injury, and if he cannot go, it will be rookie Jaret Patterson getting most of the handoffs you would expect. CB William Jackson (calf) and S Landon Collins (foot) are also injury issues. Top tackler, LB Cole Holcomb, was added to the COVID-19 list Wednesday.
All of those injuries and question marks put Washington into a situation similar to last week where they will count on second, third, and in the case of running back — on a third string player. The bottom-line is Washington has to win despite the injuries and other setbacks.
Gametime: AT&T Stadium, Dallas, Texas, Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC
BETTING LINE: Cowboys by -9½, per FanDuel SportsBook
WASHINGTON OFFENSE: OVERALL (20), RUSH (14), PASS (21), SCORING (23)
WASHINGTON DEFENSE: OVERALL (10), RUSH (8), PASS (30), SCORING (25)