On Sunday, the Cowboys trailed the Redskins by 10 points with just under five minutes left in the fourth quarter. He's now the top National Football League analyst this season with an impressive spread record of 23-7, but his credentials are even more astounding when it comes to these two clubs. Elliott is averaging just 83 yards per game on the road, compared to 112 at home, and has scored just once.
Something has to give, because both are coming off victories. The win kept the Redskins out front in the NFC East.
It's no secret that the Dallas Cowboys have struggled on the road this season.
Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith (11) looks at the ball after the snap hit him in the head during the first half of an NFL football game between the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018 in Landover, Md.
The Cowboys (3-3) also enter the much-anticipated matchup fresh off of a commanding 40-7 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
"I'm excited. I have done a lot of research through the years on history as an African American and what we mean to this country and how we were dehumanized", Smith said. At 3-2, the Redskins are the current division leaders. Their opponents' combined mark, including Dallas, is 27-38, a.415 winning percentage.
While their defense is tough, so is the Dallas defense.
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The big difference for the Redskins this season is the addition of first-round pick Daron Payne and the return of a healthy Jonathan Allen on the defensive line. The Cowboys' number plummets to 12.3 on the road.
The QB didn't miss a play, returning for the Cowboys' next possession.
"We've got a great team. Get his eyes in certain progressions a little bit quicker and maybe get off some a little bit quicker", Gruden said about Smith. Maybe last week was the start of an offensive turnaround, although Prescott still didn't reach 200 yards passing in the game. The Cowboys dropped to 3-4 on the year. The Cowboys are using more zone read, playing off the strengths of Elliott. "It's time for risks at that particular time", Jones said at the time, via the team's official website. "It just depends on what the defense shows you". Josh Norman bounced back from his primetime benching by intercepting a pass and forcing a fumble to help stifle the Panthers' offense, while Adrian Peterson played through pain to finish with 97 yards on 17 carries in the grind-it-out win.
The Cowboys could have been in first place - all by themselves.
Nobody else has more than 35. TE Geoff Swaim left with a knee injury.
"Once? Twice? Not very often", Garrett said.
Yet when they are in Dallas, it's a whole different story.