Redskins-Cowboys NFC East Championship Predictions

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Our Redskins-loving “staff” makes predictions in the post, readers make predictions in the comments, and the commenter who comes closest to predicting the final score gets to make a guest post. Hip-hip!

Chris Mottram: Redskins, 31-17

The closer we get to the game, the more confident I become that the Skins will win, and win big. I realize this is a dangerous. But I feel like RGIII in primetime, at home, with the season on the line will have an amazing game. And Romo will have at least two big turnovers. And if you look at this subjectively, the Skins are just the better team right now.

JP Finlay: Redskins, 20-17

I’m trying to think how I really see this game shaking out, and everyone is predicting a high-scoring affair. Then I take a look at what Vegas thinks and the total is set at 48.5.

So something doesn’t add up. The Skins average 27 a game, Dallas averages 24. That’s 51 points. Vegas wants us to bet the over, which probably means this game is going under. Especially considering everyone will be thinking about the 38-31 Redskins win on Thanksgiving.

What does any of this mean? I’m guessing a low-scoring defensive game where turnovers kill you and the run game wins it. I like RGIII to commit less turnovers than Romo, and I love Alfred Morris in the second half grinding out clock and racking up yards. The Skins lead the league with fewest turnovers committed, and the Cowboys are in the bottom half of the league in rush yardage allowed.

It’s going to be intense, it’s going to be close, but in the end the Skins win.

Matt Terl: Cowboys, 24-21

I’ve been predicting eventual DOOM for weeks now. This would be the doomiest doom of all. I have no other reasoning. Also, why is it taking so long to get to this game? Faith Hill should change the opening lyrics to “I’ve been waiting 12 years for Sunday night,” assuming we don’t all die of old age first. I cannot handle the stress much longer.

Andy Peden: Cowboys, 34-31

I’ve been in Dallas for a week. I did not realize that everyone here is a huge RGIII fan. A lot of fans are torn because of RGIII and how bad of an owner Jerry has become. They also have no confidence in their team being able to win a “playoff” game. Of course, Skins fans are probably the most confident they have been in 20 years. When you add it all up, I have no doubt that this will result in a crushingly painful loss. Either Romo-to-Dez torches us late or Cobra Kai finally misses. When do pitchers and catchers report?

Todd Davis: Redskins, 31-30

Skins have (almost) always let us down in huge spots when we really start to believe the last 20 years. But everything this season has been about breaking down barriers and changing the dynamic (MNF, T’giving, offensive ineptitude, etc.). The truth is, I’m not sure we’re all prepared for what follows another worldview-shifting win, but, like we all said after Week 1 in New Orleans, this is different, right? This feels different!

Jack Kogod: Redskins, 31-30

I can’t think about this game for more than 30 seconds without breaking out in hives. I’ll take the Redskins. Now I need to go distract myself with food.

Me: Redskins, 20-17

JP’s prediction makes a lot of sense, so I’m going with that. And I know everyone’s pretty tense right now, but remember this: This season — with nine wins and RGIII’s arrival — is already a smash hit. Playing Dallas for the division is just gravy.

Composite prediction: Redskins, 26-24

40 thoughts on “Redskins-Cowboys NFC East Championship Predictions”

  1. Redskins 31 Dallas 24
    Morris runs for 100+ breaking the franchise record. We get two Cooley chants (doubling his season production). Crowd forces at least two false starts. HTTR

  2. Skins 24 Cowboys 21

    I don’t think I can handle two heartbreaks in one calendar year (The other being the Nats collapse in Game 5)

  3. 31-17 Redskins.

    Cooley, Morris, Moss and Young all score TD’s. Cobra-Kai remains perfect. After the game Jerry Jones signs Romo and Garrett to 5 yr contracts and we all rejoice.

  4. In ’08, the Caps had a chance to clinch the Southeast Division heading into the final game. Steinberg wrote (basically): “The Caps will win. Stories like this don’t end with them losing.”

    I’ve been waiting for the other shoe to drop for weeks, but it hasn’t. Because stories like this don’t end with us losing.

    ‘Skins 28
    ‘Boys 27

  5. Dallas is my wild-ass prediction time. I say the game doesn’t go a full 4 quarters due to a Dallas forfeit or a Dallas technicality

  6. Skins 27 Boys 17

    Both offenses start slow in first quarter but skins take advantage in the second. In the end Killer Kai knocks down a 48 yarder to seal the deal with 5 mins left in regulation. Skins fans rejoice!

  7. Romo in the 4th Q has been pretty nuts of late, and unlike Foles or Weeden, he’s been finishing, while our D has bent, a lot. Ready for another heartbreaker.
    Dallas 24
    Washington 20

  8. Dallas 24
    DC- 21

    This is the most important football game of my entire life. I’m a DC sports fan. It must be tragic somehow. I throw my TV out the window and beat the eyeballs out of my Dallas-loving boss when he flashes me that smug smile.

  9. Redskins 31
    Cowboys 17

    Dallas misses a FG early. Stephen Bowen has multiple sacks. Skins LBs (#59??) produce yet another INT. Crowd makes you proud to be a Skins fan.

  10. I feel the same as C. Mottram. The closer the game gets, the more I realize Dallas is going to be over-matched. Dallas will turn the ball over 5 times. RG3 will electrify the crowd early with a big run. London Fletcher will recover a fumble and celebrate with a B. Cofield Tazer dance, much to the dismay of his aunt and family.
    Redskins 41
    Dallas 14

  11. I fumble twice and we lose 31-30. I am not heard from again until 2015 when it comes out RG3 and I are in a serious relationship. I love me some RG3. We watch cool runnings while we do it. Sanka Coffee reminds me of RG3.

  12. Skins 35 Dallas 28

    This game will be back and forth for awhile. Morris has 120 on the ground. RGIII will throw for 3. Dez has a monster game. But the Skins pull away with 14 unanswered. Skins win the Division and take on the Nightmare that is the Seattle Seahawks.. f me

  13. Skins 20
    Boys 19

    Cobra Kai nails the game winner from 50 yards out with ti drumming out as everyone in the world simultaneously poops themselves.

  14. Agreed with P. Lavar Sellers. Skins win 27-20 on a late touchdown. Two sacks on the final drive ends the year for Romo and the Cowboys.

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