This Sunday November 11th, the CFL playoffs kickoff. The Ottawa Redblacks and Calgary Stampeders have earned 1st round byes while this weekend the BC Lions will face the Hamilton Ticats and the Saskatchewan Roughriders will play the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to see who advances to the conference finals.
Washington vs Dallas NFL 2014 Week 8 Monday Night Football
Dallas Cowboys: Saddled up & riding through the NFL
As an old friend used to say - who da thunk it? Like a bank of fog rolling in, Dallas has posted a 6-1 record that will be an NFL best 7-1 if they take down Washington tonight. The Cowboys opened their season with a 28-17 blowout loss at home to a 49ers team that almost looks more like the 'Boys than the 'Boys do. Since then though, the DeMarco Murray Express has steamrolled to six straight wins. It helps that the Cowboys have Dez Bryant, Tony Romo & Crew but DME is the engine fueling the Lone Star State machine. Despite being 11th vs the pass and 19th at stopping the run the Dallas defense, much maligned heading into the season, has been decent in a "bend don't break - be opportunistic" kind of way. An offense churning out 159.7 yards per game on the ground, eating up 33:50 of clock time - second best in the league (Colts 34:50) helps. It also helps that the Cowboys have only been away from Jerry World once over the last five weeks. Though their lone road game in the last 36 days was a Survivor Pool wrecking 30-23 win in Seattle.
Washington Redskins: Still rather dysfunctional in the District
While everyone is looking up at Dallas in the NFC East, Washington's view is the furthest away as the Skins have stumbled to the 5-2 record that includes an 0-3 road mark in trips to Houston, Philadelphia and Arizona. The Redskins aren't much better at home as they lost to the Giants and Seahawks in between wins over the Jaguars and Titans who are sporting a combined 3-13 record. That said, the Redskins have better defensive numbers than Dallas as they rank 6th versus the pass and 11th against the run. The D needs to step up here. With the much heralded RGIII close to returning (Week 11 which may be too late) Colt McCoy steps in under center replacing a sporadic Kirk Cousins. The real McCoy and his 12 fumbles, 20 interceptions and 55 sacks taken over his 21 career starts isn't very inspirational. Expect plenty of carries for the 'Skins underachieving runnings backs as Alfred Morris (62.9 YPG) and Roy Helu (19.1 YPG) will both need to crank it up on the road tonight. If McCoy has found a "magic bullet" he needs to keep Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson and, maybe most importantly, Jordan Reed firmly on his radar. On the road in prime time is not a good spot for McCoy. Dallas vs Washington Prediction: Not 100% sold on the 'Boys, a TD, plus a field goal, plus a hock price is tempting. The Cowboys haven't covered a number that big since Week 4 and have only won by 10.5 or more twice in seven games. Washington has lost by more than 10.5 points twice this year and battled hard in a 24-23 loss in Dallas during Week 16 action last season. Not betting the farm, we will back Washington in this rivalry clash with the points and a 330 unit wager at the online sporsbook. We will also bet 170 units on the Montreal Canadiens puck line as they visit Edmonton to battle the Oilers in one of two contests on the NHL Monday night schedule. NFL, NHL, MLB or NBA
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