For weeks, we have been hoping for the Redskins to be in a position where today’s game has key significance heading into the homestretch of the 2016-17 season. In fact, our mantra of #MakeThanksgivingMatter has been a rallying cry here at Hogs Haven, as our presupposed (and in some cases self-proclaimed) "expert staff writers" have been beating the drum as Washington’s date with the 9-1 Dallas Cowboys crept ever closer. With the Redskins currently sitting in the NFC’s sixth seed at 6-3-1, now the matchup we’ve all been waiting for is finally here and on our end, it’s time to put up or shut up (although that second part might not happen.)
For the remainder of this season (and perhaps on into the future) we are going to offer up our weekly predictions here on the site, and encourage you to share your thoughts on how you think the game will go in the comments below. Here is a look at our picks, thoughts, and a healthy heaping of skepticism for the Turkey Day Tussle:
Bryan H. Stabbe: 28-24, Cowboys
Washington has done a really great job at shutting down one (but rarely both) aspects of opposing offenses on a consistent basis. I can see either Dak or Zeke having a subpar performance, but it's going to require a total defensive performance to be able to shut down both the run and pass games. The Redskins O-Line has been getting a lot of praise the last few weeks, but Dallas still has the best unit in the league, and it's going to create some matchup problems in the front seven. Washington's offense, which is finally clicking on a high level, is going to keep them in this game, but having to travel on the road, on short rest, is likely going to be too much on Thanksgiving. That said, I hope I'm wrong on this prediction.
HTTR4LIFE: 31-21, Cowboys
Aaron Lesher: 35-24, Cowboys
This game comes down to Dallas' O-line vs. the Redskins' D-line; where the Cowboys have a huge advantage. It will be very difficult to stop the run and get off the field. I don't doubt we'll be able to put up points, but we will need 2+ TOs and great run defense to win this game.
Alex Rowsey: 29-22, Redskins
I expect both teams will move the ball well. The Redskins would win by more if they weren't traveling on a very short week. Still, their offense is rolling too much for the Cowboys to handle right now. Prescott's going to come back to Earth in this one. Cousins is on fire.
HogHunter: 31-27, Redskins
Tom Garrett: 38-27, Redskins
Ezekiel Elliott rushes for at least 120 yards, but the Redskins will win by a couple of scores, with the biggest play being a Josh Norman interception. Kirk Cousins throws for 350+, Rob Kelley visits the end zone twice, and, most importantly, Dak Prescott gets sacked five times.
Gabe (Cadillactica): 38-31, Redskins
It's gonna be a shocker in Arlington. This Redskins will maintain a two possession advantage for most of the game expect the fourth quarter when the Cowboys act like they have a chance.
Jen Filsinger: 27-24, Cowboys
A little piece of my soul died when I chose the Cowboys, and I hope that I'm wrong...
Ken Meringolo: 34-27, Redskins
Dak Prescott makes a crucial mistake at the end to help the Redskins win.
Now it’s your turn to give us your predictions. Add your pick to the comment section below and let us know who you think will win and why.