Cowboys vs WFT Week 16: history, weather, key players, and projection

DeMarcus Lawrence, Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys
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Cowboys vs Giants: Gut projection

Projection: Dallas Cowboys 31, WFT 14

I’ll say it: this is the week that the Cowboys offense is going to get back on track. It’s primetime, it’s the day after Christmas, it just feels like we get a little gift of seeing this team move the ball and put up points.

Yes, it will come at the mercy of a backpedaling Washington team but it truly is the perfect opportunity to find some rhythm and get this train back on track. As I mentioned in the previous slide, I believe we see Kellen Moore and Dak Prescott open up the downfield passing game a bit more than we have seen in the past and the rest falls into place.

Tony Pollard looked very solid in his return last week and show really no ill effects of his foot injury. I would like to see him worked into the gameplan more and more, maybe even be the main back on Sunday night. Give Zeke continued rest and let Pollard do his thing. Get him going in a rhythm and see what happens.

The crowd will be behind the offense and there will be chances to strike big. Prescott should get about 275 and 2-3 touchdowns in a game that rights the ship for him. Toss in 150 on the ground between Pollard, Elliott, and even Lamb, and this offense hits a stride we haven’t seen in a long time.

Defensively, the Cowboys have been causing turnovers at a rapid rate. The interceptions are coming in bunches, but the pass rush is creating fumbles and the defensive backs are punching at balls. They are playing at a very high level.

Sunday night will potentially give the defense to face Garrett Gilbert or Kyle Allen. The Dallas defense destroyed Mike Glennon, the Giants backup, last Sunday and would love to continue their havoc on another backup quarterback victim.

The defensive gameplan doesn’t need to adjust itself all that much with the personnel advantages the Cowboys have in the trenches and in the pass rush. Lawrence, Parsons, and Gregory should have the opportunity to pin their ears back as the offense builds an early lead. I don’t even think it’s crazy to think we see 3+ more turnovers this week.

These two teams are going drastically different directions and the Cowboys should be able to handle things and beat up on an inferior team. That is what good teams do, they don’t give up to lesser teams. Cowboys win this one pretty handily and get themselves to 11 wins in their pursuit of a high playoff seed.