The Dallas Cowboys are in a rut. Actually, they're in a deep rut. Having lost three in a row and starting their fourth different quarterback this season, Jason Garrett's squad is likely ready for the schedule to wrap up so they can begin separating themselves from the disappointing 2015 they've had. They're almost there, too — they square off with the Redskins this Sunday, and then it's offseason time.
Things couldn't be going more differently in D.C., meanwhile. Kirk Cousins has been slingin' the ball around with ease to Jordan Reed, DeSean Jackson and Co., the defense has been pressuring opposing signal callers, and people in the front office are Dabbing all over the place. The 'Skins are playoff-bound and have all the momentum in the world going into their regular season finale in Dallas.
Vegas seems to think otherwise, however.
The folks over at FootballLOCKS.com currently list the visiting Burgundy and Gold as 3.5-point underdogs to the host Cowboys. This despite the fact that Kellen Moore is making just his second ever start in the NFL, his team has dropped nine of their past 11 games, and the Redskins have won in three straight weeks.
Now is a good time to mention that Jay Gruden's bunch did lose to Dallas back on Dec. 7. But that's likely not the main reason that Vegas favors the NFC East's worst member. There will be a debate all week about how much the Redskins should play their starters against their rivals, considering they don't have anything to truly compete for besides keeping their sweet stretch going. Perhaps the people who set the odds think the division champs will rest some key players for either part or all of the matchup — which is a fair expectation — and that's why the line is where it currently is.
Would a Redskins team with its starters in for at least a half outmatch a Cowboys team playing its starters for the full game? An argument could be made for both sides. Nonetheless, the slight jab handed out to one of the NFL's hottest franchises could provide a little extra motivation for Washington's starters and backups. This is a group who has shown they pay attention to what's being said about them and have admitted they use negative material as fuel each week, after all. In being named the underdog, they may have just found some for what originally appeared to be a fairly relaxed event.