Cowboys vs Commanders Prediction, Odds & Best Bets for Week 18 (Offense Takes Center Stage in Washington)

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Dallas Cowboys vs Washington Commanders prediction, odds and best bets for NFL Week 18 game.
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Cowboys vs Commanders Week 18 Game Info

2022 NFL Regular Season — Week 18
Dallas Cowboys (12-4, 4-3 Away) vs. Washington Commanders (7-8-1, 3-5 Home)
Date: Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023
Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
Venue: FedEx Field — Landover, MD
Coverage: FOX

The Dallas Cowboys will aim to end the regular season with 13 wins for the first time since 2016 when they visit the Washington Commanders in Week 18. The Cowboys are coming off a solid 27-13 win over the Tennessee Titans in Week 17. Tight end Dalton Schultz scored 2 touchdowns in the victory.

Meanwhile, the Commanders fell short in a 24-10 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. The loss was Washington's third in a row and it eliminated the team from playoff contention. Quarterback Carson Wentz threw 3 interceptions and has since been benched by head coach Ron Rivera again.

Cowboys vs Commanders Odds & Spread

All NFL betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
Moneyline: DAL: (-335) | WAS: (+270)
Spread: DAL: -7.5 (-110) | WAS: +7.5 (-110)
Total: 40.5 — Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

The Cowboys enter this contest as sclear road favorites on the moneyline and spread on FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 4:25 p.m. ET clash also features one of the lower totals on the Week 18 slate at 40.5 points.

Cowboys vs Commanders Prediction & Pick

The Commanders have simply fallen apart over the last three weeks. They have scored an average of just 14.0 points and allowed an average of 27.0 points during that span. Both of those marks rank among the bottom 10 teams in the NFL. A matchup against the Cowboys isn't going to be any easier.

Dallas is still fighting for the NFC East title and No. 1 seed in the NFC, so don't expect any starters to take it easy in this game. The Cowboys decimated the Commanders by a score of 25-10 back in Week 4 and that was without quarterback Dak Prescott playing. Dallas should cruise to a win here.

Washington is also 3-10 straight up n its last 12 games against Dallas, so fade the Commanders.

Final Score Prediction: Cowboys: 27 | Commanders: 20

Cowboys vs Commanders Betting Trends

- Dallas is 10-3 straight up in its last 13 games against Washington.
- The total has hit the over in five of Dallas' last six games.
- Washington is 1-4 against the spread (ATS) in its last five games.
- The total has hit the over in 10 of Washington's last 14 games against Dallas.

Cowboys vs Commanders Best Bet

Rivera announced that the plan at quarterback on Sunday is for veteran Taylor Heinicke to start and for rookie Sam Howell to see some playing time as well. It gives the Commanders an opportunity to pick things back up on offense, especially as Dallas has allowed 87 points over the last three weeks.

The move also makes the over an intriguing option here. The total has hit the over in five of Dallas' last six games overall as well as in six of its last seven games against an NFC East opponent. The over has cashed in 10 of the last 14 head-to-head matchups between the Cowboys and Commanders as well.

Bet: Over 40.5 Points (-110)

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