Cloud of Unpredictability Hangs over Redskins-Cowboys Matchup

The NFL playoff picture is close to completion, but there’s one more action-packed Sunday to go before we fully know the makeup and matchups.

In the AFC, all six postseason tickets have been booked, including Sunday’s results will determine how the top four seeds shake out. Meanwhile, in the NFC, the picture is far murkier. Atlanta has clinched the #1 seed, Green Bay has clinched the NFC North, and San Francisco and Seattle are locked into postseason berths, but beyond that, everything else is up in the air.

The NFL lines featuring this week’s most significant showdowns are guaranteed to get the most attention and action, as is always the case when there’s a big game. But just because it’s a big game doesn’t mean that it’s one that merits a big bet, and that certainly applies to this week’s big game between the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys. The NFC East title will be decided in the final game of the regular season, as these two longtime rivals are set to duke it out in primetime on Sunday night.

The Redskins will enter Sunday with three home wins in a row, and they’ve won six in a row overall, including a 38-31 triumph in Dallas on Thanksgiving Day.

That being said, they’re anything but a slam dunk on Sunday. As unpredictable as the Cowboys are, with the potential to look like Super Bowl contenders in one quarter and a last-place team the next, they’ve fared fairly well on the road this season, with wins over the Giants and Bengals and a near-miss at Baltimore. This is a game that they can definitely win, especially if Tony Romo plays as well as he has for most of the last couple of months.

RGIII hasn’t looked like a rookie that often this season, but this is pressure like none he has dealt with before. It could mean the end for quite a few players and for the coaching staff it the Cowboys fail, but the reason the end could be near–buckling under pressure time and again–could bite them again on Sunday. Both teams have played a lot of close games this season, and it’s likely that this one will come down to the last few minutes as well. But there are far too many unknowns at play to warrant serious action on the outcome of this one.