It's very likely that the best thing to come from this hugely disappointing season for the Cowboys would be a Top 5 draft pick. But the Cowboys have a chance to blow even that on Sunday against the Redskins.
About half the experts we poll below think that's exactly what's going to happen.
|Name (Cowboys Accuracy)
Michael Smith, Pro Football Talk (12-3)
||20-12||It’s a meaningless game for Washington, which is locked into the NFC No. 4 seed, which means they may rest many of their top players. But I still think they should beat a Kellen Moore-led Cowboys team.|
Sam Farmer, LA Times, (10-4)
||21-17||As long as Washington doesn't rest its starters, the Redskins should win pretty handily. With Tony Romo and Dez Bryant on injured reserve, the Cowboys are a shell of the team they thought they would be.|
David Steele, Sporting News (10-5)
||28-14||A month ago, when Tony Romo was returning, this game had an outside chance of being flexed into prime-time, and it wasn’t even a complete longshot after the Cowboys pulled the upset in Landover. But Washington hasn’t lost since, and the Cowboys haven’t won. Kirk Cousins’ 180 can’t be played up too much: 20 touchdown passes, four touchdown runs, three interceptions in his last nine games.|
Elliot Harrison, NFL.com (10-5)
||17-14||Complacency versus resignation. Washington cannot move from the cleanup spot in the NFC playoff tournament. They will host the No. 5 seed (potentially the Seahawks) no matter what. Will the Cowboys show up against their NFC East rivals with only the 2016 draft order on the line? Dallas is assured a top-eight pick, but the Cowboys could move as far up as second overall.|
Pete Prisco, CBS Sports (8-7)
||21-17||The Redskins have clinched the division, so they will rest guys. The Cowboys are still fighting, especially on defense. I think Dallas shows up and plays hard to beat a Washington team looking ahead to next week.|
Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk (9-6)
||17-13||The Cowboys beat Washington in their building. Washington now gets a chance to return the favor. It’s a meaningless game for both teams, but it’s one last chance for the Cowboys to do something positive in one of the most negative seasons the team has had in recent years.|
Greg Cote, Miami Herald (7-8)
||20-17||Tough call because Redskins have clinched division and cannot improve their playoff seeding, meaning they must weigh the wish to win with the prudent temptation to limit their starters’ playing time. That factor, the venue and Dallas’ solid pass defense makes me think the ’Boys will eke by. Thinking Kellen Moore can’t possibly be as bad as he was last week. (Right?)|
Todd Archer, ESPN
||20-13||Less than a month ago, the Cowboys beat the Redskins on a Dan Bailey field goal attempt. Can the Cowboys score more than one offensive touchdown in their finale? The last time they had two in a game was Nov. 22 at Miami in Romo’s return. Can Kellen Moore inspire an offense that has lacked inspiration all year?|
Jeff Duncan, Nola.com
||Look no further than these two franchises to see how teams' fortunes can change in one year's time. Jay Gruden and Kirk Cousins are being hailed inside the Beltway. The once high-flying Cowboys, meanwhile, have not scored more than 28 points in a game all season.|
|Mike Renner, PFF||24-17||The Cowboys are probably wishing that they didn’t sneak out a win the last time these two teams met, as they’d be in the mix for the No.1 overall pick if that was the case. I’ll assume the Redskins play all their starters full bore (although I personally wouldn’t), and if that’s the case, I see this one going differently than their last matchup. Kirk Cousins has been playing some very solid football since their previous matchup, and is the fourth-highest graded QB in the league over that span.|
|Joe Manniello, Newsday||- -||Washington is locked into the fourth seed. Dallas will want to end a frustrating season on a high note.|
|Brett Dykes, New York Times||- -||The Redskins have clinched the N.F.C. East and are locked into the No. 4 seed in the N.F.C. playoffs regardless of the outcome of this game, so it’s hard to imagine Coach Jay Gruden not resting quarterback Kirk Cousins, tight end Jordan Reed and any other key players who are nursing injuries. If ever there was a throwaway game in one of the more storied rivalries in N.F.L. history, it’s this one.|
The picture doesn't change much in the pick'em panels below that we've followed all season.
|Bleacher Report||3||5||.761 (86-27)|
|NFL Around The League||2||3||.704 (50-21)|
|SB Nation||4||3||.691 (67-30)|
|USA Today||2||5||.657 (65-34)|
|Dallas Morning News||4||5||.613 (84-53)|
Over to you: Will Dallas' Darlings of Disappointment live up to what they've done all season and disappoint one final time?