Hey, this went pretty well last week, so let’s do it again.
The way it works is the Mr. Irrelevant staff posts its predictions before each game, and you’re encouraged to do the same in the comments. Whichever reader comes closest to predicting the outcome (winner plus score) gets to post whatever they want the following week.
Andy Peden: Redskins, 23-20
Instead of Moss scoring two TDs on MNF, it’s Fred Davis. Dallas finishes the game with Romo, Austin, Jones and Bryant all on the bench. It’s an ugly game but Skins win.
Matt Terl: Redskins, 14-13
Six years and one week after the Monday Night Miracle, but the score, the top receiver, and the jersey number of the Skins quarterback all remain the same.
JP Finlay: Redskins, 27-24
I agonized over this. My first post had Dallas 27, Redskins 24. But then I thought about it more and replayed last week in my head. The Dallas O-line is banged up. Tony Romo is banged up. Kerrakpo will own these fools. Rex does his usual with a pair of TDs and and a pair of picks, but the run game down the stretch wins it for the Skins. Helu gets the late carries too, not Hightower.
Chris Mottram: Cowboys, 27-24
Everything about the Redskins has been better than the Cowboys so far this season. Obviously, their record (although Dallas did have to play the Jets in Week 1), but Washington has also been superior statistically on both sides. Their “traditional” stats favor the Skins, but more importantly, the Skins have the advantage in Football Outsiders’ advanced team efficiency VOA stat — Skins 11.6%, Dallas -2.0%. Granted, that doesn’t take into account the opposition until Week 4.
But enough numbers, nerd, let’s talk GRIDIRON! What’s that? Half the Cowboys’ starters on offense might not play? Well then, that makes it damn near impossible to predict what might happen on Monday. Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, and Felix Jones are all in question, and Austin Miles is out. Jon Kitna throwing to Jesse Holley and Kevin Ogletree changes things a bit.
So, basically, I have no f’ing idea what’s going to happen. But for the sake of reverse jinx, I’ll go Redskins 24, Cowboys 27. Really, the biggest detriment to Washington’s chances is that it’s their first road game of the season, and it’s in Dallas on Monday Night Football. That’s tough to overcome regardless of who plays for the other team.
Todd Davis: Redskins, 24-20.
Brief John Beck sighting (think Ware v. Brown/Williams).
Jack Kogod: Redskins, 23-16
Me: Redskins, 20-13
Composite prediction: Redskins, 22-19