After a very slow start to the game on Monday night, the Dallas Cowboys (led by their defense) were able to come out victorious against the New York Giants in their first NFC East matchup, thanks to a beautiful one-handed touchdown grab by CeeDee Lamb.
Week 4 brings another divisional matchup against the Washington Commanders. Carson Wentz looked unsteady against the Philadelphia Eagles last week, and he will now head to AT&T Stadium to take on one of the strongest defenses in the entire NFL.
On the other side of the ball, the Dallas offense hasn’t been what it used to be but has still managed to get the job done under the leadership of backup Cooper Rush. QB1 Dak Prescott had his stitches taken out on Monday and hinted that he may be available for Week 4, but the likelihood is that Rush will be at the helm looking to go 4-0 in his NFL career.
Let’s take a look at the early odds and a prediction for Sunday’s early afternoon game.
Cowboys vs Commanders Odds Week 4
**All odds are from FanDuel as of Tuesday at 4 pm CT. These numbers are subject to change. Please check FanDuel for the most up-to-date numbers.**
At the time of writing, the Week 4 betting odds on FanDuel have the Cowboys as 3.5-point favorites at home at AT&T Stadium on Sunday. Dallas is -184 on the moneyline, while the Commanders are underdogs at +154. The total for the game is set at 42.5 points.
Week 4 marks the first time all season that the Cowboys have opened up as favorites for a game. The Commanders have not played well in their first three weeks and the Cowboys get home-field advantage here. These early odds seem pretty fair based on what we’ve seen for the start of the season.
Cowboys vs Commanders Prediction Week 4
Division rivalries can surprise you. On paper, Dallas is clearly the stronger team. The defense has now held all three of their opponents to fewer than 20 points and should easily be able to do the same against Washington.
Wentz is going to have a very tough time in Arlington. He was sacked a whopping nine times against the Eagles, and the Cowboys sacked Joe Burrow six times and Daniel Jones five times. The Dallas defense makes taking the under look really good in any matchup, but this one especially.
Rush is likely to start again. Some people feel the backup’s luck has to run out eventually. That’s likely true in Week 5 or 6 (assuming he’s still starting) against the Rams or Eagles, but it’s hard to imagine Rush can’t lead this offense to a victory over Washington.
He’s been incredibly effective and makes things happen when the pressure is on. Plus, the running game has looked better than it has in months thanks to Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard. This team could seriously use more touchdowns, but Rush has done enough to make this team victorious when it counts.
While Washington will certainly be looking for revenge, we don’t think they’ll be able to get it done on the road against Micah Parsons, DeMarcus Lawrence, and Co. We predict this matchup will end in the Cowboys’ second NFC East victory by a score of 20-13.