Nov 22, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) hands the ball off to running back Alfred Morris (46) during the game against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Week 17 Staff Picks & Predictions: Cowboys vs. Redskins

Every week of the NFL regular season, we ask all of The Landry Hat writers and contributors to submit their picks and predictions for the upcoming Dallas Cowboy game. This week, we asked our experts for their predictions for Sunday night’s game between our Cowboys and the Washington Redskins.

Tammy Garrett, Staff Writer: Looks like it’s same time next year as the Dallas Cowboys once again face a win or go home against an NFC East rival. Last year it was the G Men and in 2008 it was the Philadelphia Eagles: both with the same painful result. This time around I’m taking the Cowboys to silence their critics and come out of FedEx Field with a win. Cowboys 28, Redskins 27.

Michael Huff, Staff Writer: Cowboys get the running game going with DeMarco Murray to win time of possession battle and the game.  Cowboys win 34-31.

John Lavin, Staff Writer: Tony Romo and Dez Bryant lead the Cowboys to an unlikely victory over the Redskins. Dez Bryant continues his consecutive touchdown streak for another week, while Romo stays hot and effectively spreads the ball around to  6 different receivers. The Dallas defense plays better than expected in a close one.  Dallas 23, Washington 20.

Mike Burke, Staff Writer: Dallas is 9-6 all time at Fed Ex Field. Twenty previous times the Redskins have won the first game in the season series. Only four times have they ever completed the sweep. Five Cowboys Offensive starters who missed the Thanksgiving Day game are going to suit up for Sunday’s finale. Dallas 31, Redskins, 20.

Michael Vu, Staff Writer: The Redskins will puncture a hole in the Cowboy heart. It will hurt. Do the Cardiac Cowboys have enough stamina to survive? My heart says yes; my mind says no. Cowboys lose a heart-breaker, 31-27.

Artie Cappello, Senior Writer: A rivalry has been renewed in what amounts to the first playoff game of 2012 season.  Dallas has to score in the 30’s to have a chance to win this game, so lets predict it that way. Dallas 34 – Washington 31.

Mark Lane, Senior Writer -  Cowboys complete the trifecta and lose a season finale in a “win to get in” situation on the road to an NFC East opponent. The slippery field makes Pierre Garcon evasive for Cowboys corners. Griffin’s knee looks fine as he eludes Cowboys rushers to find wide open receivers, and Alfred Morris pounds for yards and points. Garrett abandons the run and forces Romo to pass 50 times, resulting in an inevitable pick that slobbering, lumbering, dunderheaded Romophobes pick out as the reason the Cowboys lost the game. Redskins prevail 37-21.

Jeff Magnia, Staff Writer: This game is going to go in one of two ways. RG3 plays like he is a 100% and Dallas cannot contain him all game long. Or he plays mediocre and the Dallas offense commits no turnovers. If RG3 shows up, Dallas will not have a chance and will lose 28-10 or they come out and have the game of their lives. I am banking on the latter. Cowboys 27-21.

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