The Redskins travel to Dallas to face the Cowboys in Week 6 on Sunday Night Football. Washington is coming off a bye and has a record of 1-3. Meanwhile, the Cowboys nearly went point-for-point with the Broncos in a historic 51-48 loss to Denver in Week 5. With a 2-3 record, the Cowboys are still in front of the NFC East and are favored by 5.5 points at home against the Redskins.



Washington Redskins vs Dallas Cowboys NFL Live Stream For two members of the eight-man CBS Sports panel of experts, the spread is too high and has the duo of Dave Richard and Jamey Eisenberg taking Washington and the points. However, when picking straight up, all eight panelists chose the Cowboys to win at home. The two-man panel at Yahoo! Sports is also in favor of Dallas with a vote of 2-0.

The experts at SB Nation also believes Dallas will be victorious in Week 6. The crew voted 5-0 in favor of the Cowboys.

The Cowboys will host the Redskins on Sunday Night Football at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

Whether you love or hate the Dallas Cowboys, there is one point tough to argue about “America’s Team” through five games:

The Cowboys have been a good bet.

Yes, it’s true.

The Cowboys have covered in both of victories this season. Moreover, they covered in narrow losses to the Chiefs (17-16) and Broncos (51-48).

Add it up, and Dallas has a 4-1 against the spread record entering Sunday night’s game against the Washington Redskins (8:30 p.m., NBC).

The Redskins (1-3 SU, 1-3 ATS) haven’t had a lot of spread success in 2013. However, they have covered six consecutive games against Dallas. A victory on Sunday would push the Redskins a half-game ahead of the Cowboys (2-3).

Washington also started slowly a season ago, slumping to a 3-6 mark after nine games. However, Mike Shanahan’s club won its final seven contests to win the NFC East. Two of those victories came against Dallas, including the division clincher in Week 17.

Will Washington again have the upper hand in this series, or will Dallas take a 1.5-game lead on its old rival? The NFC East lacks much clarity through five weeks; perhaps this game will establish some order.

Then again, it might not.

Line: Cowboys -5.5 Total: 53.5

washington vs dallas nfl live stream Line movement and notes: The LVH opened Dallas -4.5 last Sunday but was up to -5.5 by Monday morning. As of Friday morning, 5.5 is the consensus line around Las Vegas. The total opened as low a 53, but has bounced between 53.5 and 54 for much of the week.

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Redskins outlook: How will Washington’s defense fare against Dallas’ potent offense?

In losses to the Eagles, Packers and Lions, Washington surrendered 488 yards and 32.7 points per contest. While Washington allowed just 298 yards and one offensive touchdown in a 24-14 win at Oakland in Week 4, the Raiders struggled with backup quarterback Matt Flynn at the controls. In fact, Flynn played so poorly that the club demoted him, then released him.

In short, we have three games suggesting the Washington defense is vulnerable and a fourth game that may not tell us all that much, given the circumstances.

We do know this much: Washington’s defense intercepted Dallas quarterback Tony Romo five times in two matchups a season ago. Whether Romo can be forced into the big mistake could well be the key to this meeting, too, considering that both offenses figure to be able to move the ball fairly well.

About Washington’s offense: it hasn’t been the powerhouse it was in 2012 as quarterback Robert Griffin III rounds back into form after a January knee injury. Griffin has just 72 yards rushing in four 2013 games; by comparison, he had 66 rushing yards alone in Washington’s regular-season finale against Dallas.

Whether Griffin becomes more of a rushing threat in the games to come is anyone’s guess. Once that element of his game returns, it will make the Washington offense that much more difficult to defend.

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Redskins vs Cowboys nfl live stream Should Griffin return to his rushing ways on Sunday night, it could have a major impact on this game. The Cowboys had serious problems stopping Redskins tailback Alfred Morris a season ago, surrendering 313 yards on 57 carries. Dallas already has its hands full with Morris, so anything extra Griffin can provide on the ground would add to Dallas’ problems.

Morris (ribs) put in a full practice on Wednesday and appears good to go. Overall, Washington looks fairly healthy after the Week 5 bye.

Cowboys outlook: Like Washington, Dallas has had issues on defense.

The Cowboys have allowed 478 yards or more in three of five games, with San Diego and Denver exceeding 500 yards in each of the last two weeks. Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers and Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning feasted on a Dallas defense that hasn’t generated much of a pass rush and has had concerns in the secondary.

However, there’s no doubting that the Cowboys’ defense has had some tough matchups recently. The Chargers and Broncos have strong passing games. While Washington’s passing offense is solid, Griffin hasn’t been quite dialed in just yet. Perhaps Dallas can respond with a bounce-back effort in Week 6.

The Cowboys’ offense, meanwhile, is in top form. Quarterback Tony Romo was exceptional in the Denver loss, throwing for 506 yards and five touchdowns. Yes, he threw a fourth-quarter interception, but he has turned the ball over just three times in five starts. His numbers (135-of-188 passing, 1,523 yards, 13 touchdowns, two interceptions, 71.8 completion percentage, 114.2 QB rating) paint a picture of a quarterback playing at a Pro Bowl level.

Romo’s top targets, wideout Dez Bryant (29 receptions, 423 yards, six touchdowns) and tight end Jason Witten (28 receptions, 313 yards, three touchdowns), combined to score three of Dallas’ five touchdowns against Washington a season ago.

Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (84 carries, 399 yards, two touchdowns) is the focal point of a ground game that sometimes gets lost in the shuffle in the Dallas offense.

The Cowboys, like Washington, are in decent shape from an injury standpoint. Key defensive tackle Jason Hatcher (neck) was limited on Wednesday.

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Redskins vs Cowboys 2013 nfl live stream The Linemakers’ lean: The Redskins have covered 13 of the last 16 meetings in this series, and the underdog has covered 32 of the last 43 meetings. But the reality is Washington is a bad team that can’t tackle and can’t get their offense into a groove. The Cowboys, meanwhile, have covered four of their five games this season, and even though they lost to Denver last week, it can still be perceived as a moral victory because they went toe-to-toe until the final moments with the best team in the league. We are throwing out all past trends and looking for the Cowboys to cover this number.

The 1-3 Washington Redskins emerge from their bye week looking to turn around a disappointing start to 2013 and hoping that a healthy Robert Griffin III has shaken off the lingering injury concerns that have hampered him through four games. Drawing the Dallas Cowboys, against whom RGIII has performed exceptionally well in his young career, could be the jump start they need.

RGIII won both of his matchups against the Cowboys during his rookie season, putting up impressive numbers along the way. He was spectacular in Dallas last Thanksgiving, throwing for 304 yards, four touchdowns and one pick in the Redskins' 38-31 win. In his first game back in Texas since his Heisman Trophy-winning junior campaign at Baylor, Griffin threw three second-quarter touchdowns to give the Redskins a 28-3 lead heading into halftime. He finished with a 70 percent completion rate and a QBR of 88.5.

His performance in Washington's 28-18 NFC East-clinching win at home to close the season was a bit more pedestrian. With Alfred Morris exploding for over 200 yards rushing and three touchdowns and the Redskins holding a lead for the entire second half, the team simply needed RGIII to avoid mistakes, which he did. His lack of a passing touchdown was supplemented by his zero turnovers, and he finished a solid, if mundane, 9-of-18 for 100 yards through the air. He did contribute to the Redskins' 274-yard day on the ground, going for 63 yards on just six carries and a rushing touchdown.

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Unfortunately for Washington, the quarterback phenom has not exhibited that same playmaking ability since undergoing offseason knee surgery to repair a torn ACL. Hampered by lingering medical concerns and a bulky knee brace, he has lacked the explosiveness he used to dominate the Cowboys in 2012. Through four games this season, he has thrown only six touchdowns to four interceptions and sports a lowly QBR of 29.1. The injury has clearly shaken his confidence as a runner -- he's gone over 24 yards rushing in just one game this season and last year's 6.8 yards per carry is down to 4.0.

Unfortunately for the Cowboys, their defense has also regressed since last season, at least against the pass. After finishing 19th in the league in pass defense in 2012, they currently sit at second-to-last and are surrendering 326 passing yards per game. In fairness, that number is inflated after last week's 414-yard day from Peyton Manning, who is putting up those types of numbers against everybody.

Dallas's pass rush has improved this season, though, meaning RGIII's mobility and scrambling ability could be a key to success. If he can move with confidence on his surgically repaired knee, there will be plenty of holes in the Dallas secondary to be found.

And with a win, the Redskins could find themselves, incredibly, on top of the NFC East.