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The Dallas Cowboys have been finding ways to win under Cooper Rush's leadership. Will they continue to keep the ball rolling in a divisional matchup? Kade Kimble takes a look at the Week 4 matchup and makes his pick.
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Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Commanders Prediction, Pick, Odds: Will Cowboys continue to find ways to win?

The Dallas Cowboys have seemed to find their rhythm at least in terms of finding ways to win. They may not be dominant or playing like a contender, but they’re finding ways to win even without their QB1 in Dak Prescott (shoutout to Ceedee Lamb).

Cooper Rush has led the Cowboys to two straight wins now, and they might be in a decent position to find their stride when Prescott is able to return. 

Their divisional rivals, the Washington Commanders, are not playing as well on the season. They won their first game, but they lost the next two matchups they were up against. They’re a weird team because they can be good enough to take down a good team, which is very dependent on how good Carson Wentz is on the given day, but they can also be bad enough where it’s very easy to bet against them. 

Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Commanders Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: October 2, 2022
  • Game Time: 1:00 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: FOX

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Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Commanders Prediction

Cooper Rush, assuming Dak Prescott doesn’t make his return in Week 4, will be looking to go 4-0 in his NFL career against the Washington Commanders, but that’s not where this game will be decided. Rush will have to be able to protect the ball and suffice just enough as he lets the defense work, which seems reasonable. Rush is by no means a bad quarterback, and he’s been solid in his backup role. 

Not to mention, the Cowboys’ running backs in Ezekiel Elliot and Tony Pollard have been making improvements this season, and have looked more and more solid. If they continue to ramp up their games, the offense should hit its stride when Prescott returns. 

The Commanders' defense hasn’t exactly been a stopper, as they’ve allowed an average of 27.3 points a game. Their pass defense hasn’t been incredible, but luckily for them, the Cowboys' passing game hasn’t been a strong suit. 

Carson Wentz struggled in Week 3 against the Philadelphia Eagles, and he was brought down nine times. For the Cowboys, that should be a point of attack, as they brought Joe Burrow down six times and Daniel Jones five times. It’s safe to say Wentz will likely be forced to make quick decisions, allowing the secondary to work, or simply be brought down a lot. 

The Cowboys haven’t let their opponents score more than 20 points yet this season, and they are giving up an average of 17.3 points a game. They’re only scoring 15.3 points per game, too, which could match up for a low-scoring affair. 

The Commanders are 0-4 in their last four games against the spread in October, while the Cowboys are 4-0 in their last four against the spread in October. In their last 25 games, the Cowboys have been great against the spread with an 18-7 record.

Again, this game will likely be controlled by the Cowboys, as their defense could be enough to win the game, and their offense has some potential against the Commanders' secondary. If Rush gets the ball to Lamb, and Lamb secures the catches, he could easily have a breakout game. Lamb hasn’t been the best as WR1, but he may be taking time to get used to it and if he’s going to have a breakout game, this is the one. The ground game has been decent for the Cowboys, which hasn’t felt like the case in recent memory. 

The under might be a solid pick for this game, but with this divisional matchup, anything could happen. With the line set at 42.5, the pick is enticing, but I’m taking my confidence in the Cowboys' defense, and offensive potential in this one. 

Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Commanders Pick

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Kade has spent his last 3 years writing about the Oklahoma City Thunder. He has also been following the NBA for the past 11 years. Just recently, Kade began co-hosting the Boomtown Hoops Podcast.

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