Last Updated on November 26, 2020

  • The Dallas Cowboys are -2.5 against the Washington Football Team on Thanksgiving Day. The total is set to 46.5.
  • Dallas and Washington are both 0.5 games out of first place in the NFC East.
  • Washington is on its third starting quarterback this year.
  • The Cowboys are 2-8 against the spread.

As crazy as it might sound, the Thanksgiving day meeting between the Dallas Cowboys (3-7) and Washington Football Team (3-7) has major playoff implications. Both teams are just a half-game out of first place in the NFC East and the winner will have the most wins in the division.

Both teams have had their fair share of quarterback issues this season, but they seem to have some stability at the position for the time being. Andy Dalton returned to the field and threw three touchdowns in their Week 11 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Meanwhile, Alex Smith has provided a steady hand under center for Washington.

The Action Rush Thanksgiving betting guide has the best odds, interesting props, analysis, and everything else you need to know for Cowboys vs. Washington in Week 12.


Cowboys – Washington Odds Thanksgiving Week 12

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There is some variance in the odds at different sportsbooks this week. The Cowboys are -2.5 on the spread at some, but there are sportsbooks where bettors can grab Washington at +3. Dallas is -147 on the moneyline.

Bettors who are looking at the total can also get different odds at different books. The total is set to 46.5 on PointsBet Sportsbook, but it’s up to 47.5 on BetMGM Sportsbook.

Cowboys backers have had a tough season thus far. Dallas is just 2-8 against the spread and they are an even 5-5 on over-unders. Washington is 4-5-1 against the spread and 4-5-1 on over-unders.


Who is the public betting on?

Favorites have dominated Thanksgiving over the past decade. NFL public bets are once again supporting the chalk with the Texans seeing the majority of action at DraftKings.

Week 12 Thanksgiving Day Splits
Teams Point Spread % Handle % Bets Total Points % Handle % Bets Moneyline % Handle % Bets
WAS Football Team +3 21% 33% Over 46.0 52% 65% +130 36% 44%
DAL Cowboys -3 79% 67% Under 46.0 48% 35% -148 64% 56%


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Game Preview & Betting Angles

A few weeks ago, no one would have expected the Cowboys to make another surge in the race for the NFC East, but here we are. Dallas needs this win more than Washington just for the simple fact that they are only 1-2 in the division. With such a tight race, the winner of the division could come from a tiebreaker. Washington is currently 2-2 in the NFC East.

The Cowboys lost the first game between these two teams in a blowout. Washington dominated Dallas 25-3 in Week 7, but the Cowboys look like a much-improved team after their Week 10 bye.


Cowboys Game Notes

Andy Dalton played his best football of the season and got his first win as a starter on Sunday. He missed the Cowboys’ last three games after suffering a brutal concussion on a late hit by Washington linebacker Jon Bostic. There could be some bad blood entering this Thanksgiving day clash.

Dalton didn’t miss a beat, throwing for 203 yards and three touchdowns. With just under two minutes left and facing a four-point deficit, Dalton led the Cowboys on a game-winning drive that culminated in a touchdown pass to Dalton Schultz.

The Vikings were on a three-game winning streak entering Sunday and they were quickly climbing back into the NFC playoff picture. Was Dallas’ win a fluke or is this a sign of things to come? That remains to be seen.

One thing we know for sure is that the Cowboys have a future superstar at wide receiver in CeeDee Lamb. In the first half on Sunday, the rookie from Oklahoma made one of the nicest catches you will see this year.

But if the Cowboys are going to beat Washington on Thanksgiving and eventually win the NFC East, they will need to rely on All-Pro running back Ezekiel Elliott. Zeke ran for 103 yards on 21 carries in the victory over Minnesota while also catching a touchdown pass.

Dalton is a solid backup and he’s showing that he still has something left in the tank, but he needs a solid running game if he’s going to be successful.



Washington Game Notes

The Washington Football Team has been dreadful on the road this season. They are winless on the road in four games as they look to snap that streak in Dallas. The Cowboys have been decent at home where they are 2-3.

Washington is playing musical chairs at the quarterback position this year. Alex Smith has started the last two games for Washington. Having a veteran quarterback could go a long way to stabilizing this Washington offense.

With that said, they will have success if they stick to the ground game. Antonio Gibson, J.D. McKissic, and Peyton Barber combined for 165 yards on 30 carries in the win over the Bengals. That strong rushing attack helped Washington control the game and cruise to a 20-9 win.

Defensively, they held Cincinnatti down by rushing the quarterback. They racked up four sacks and 11 quarterback hits. If they can follow a similar gameplan against the Cowboys on Thursday, they will have a great chance at forcing turnovers.


Cowboys vs. Washington Player Props

Passers Completions Passing Yards Passing TD
Alex Smith (WAS) 21.5 (Ov -113 | Un -113) 242.5 (Ov -110 | Un -110) 1.5 (Ov -106 | Un -120)
Andy Dalton (DAL) 22.5 (Ov -113 | Un -113) 251.5 (Ov -110 | Un -110) 1.5 (Ov -111 | Un -115)
Rushers Rush Attempts Rush Yards Rush + Receiving Yards
Antonio Gibson (WAS) 14.5 (Ov -113 | Un -113) 52.5 (Ov -137 | Un +110) N/A
JD McKissic (WAS) N/A 26.5 (Ov -118 | Un -106) 57.5 (Ov -108 | Un -118)
Ezekiel Elliott (DAL) 17.5 (Ov -120 | Un -106) 70.5 (Ov -118 | Un -106) 92.5 (Ov -113 | Un -113)
Tony Pollard (DAL) N/A 28.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112) N/A
Receivers Receptions Receiving Yards Longest Reception
Terry McLaurin (WAS) 5.5 (Ov -150 | Un +118) 73.5 (Ov -143 | Un +115) 25.5 (Ov -113 | Un -113)
Logan Thomas (WAS) 2.5 (Ov -170 | Un +132) 29.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112) 15.5 (Ov -130 | Un +102)
Cam Sims (WAS) 2.5 (Ov +126 | Un -162) 26.5 (Ov -110 | Un -110) 15.5 (Ov -113 | Un -113)
Amari Cooper (DAL) 4.5 (Ov -166 | Un +130) 59.5 (Ov -115 | Un -105) 19.5 (Ov -102 | Un -125)
Michael Gallup (DAL) 3.5 (Ov +132 | Un -170) 39.5 (Ov -110 | Un -110) 17.5 (Ov -128 | Un +100)
Ceedee Lamb (DAL) 4.5 (Ov +110 | Un -140) 54.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112) 22.5 (Ov -113 | Un -113)


Washington @ Dallas Most Bet Props



Antonio Gibson Over 52.5 Rushing Yards


Ezekiel Elliot Over 70.5 Rushing Yards


Antonio Gibson to Score a Touchdown


Terry McLaurin Over 73.5 Receiving Yards


Ezekiel Elliot to Score the 1st Touchdown


Ezekiel Elliot to Score a Touchdown


Amari Cooper Over 51.5 Receiving Yards


CeeDee Lamb to Score a Touchdown


Terry McLaurin Over 67.5 Receiving Yards


CeeDee Lamb to Score the 1st Touchdown


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How To Watch Cowboys – Washington Thanksgiving Day

  • Date: Thursday, Nov. 26
  • Time: 4:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: AT&T Stadium (Dallas, Texas)
  • TV: FOX


Betting Picks & Score Prediction

Although the Cowboys have been awful against the spread, go with Dallas laying the points. The Cowboys looked like a competent football team for the first time since Dak Prescott’s injury in their Week 11 win. With Elliott running the ball effectively and Dalton taking care of the football, the Cowboys could make a run at the NFC East.

Washington looks as good as they have all season right now, but they still aren’t great on the road. For that reason alone, go with the Cowboys on Thanksgiving.


Final Score Prediction: Cowboys win 27-13