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Cowboys vs Commanders: 3 bold predictions for this Thanksgiving Day matchup

What are your bold predictions for this week’s Cowboys game?

NFL: Dallas Cowboys at Washington Commanders Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys (7-3) return to action this week as they host the Washington Commanders (4-7) on Thanksgiving Day. Before the two rivals square off on turkey day, here are three bold predictions for the matchup.

NFL: Dallas Cowboys at Washington Commanders Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

1) Dallas’ defensive line is the star of the day recording seven sacks

You could make a solid argument that the Washington Commanders have the worst offensive line in football. 11 games into the season, Washington has given up an astonishing 51 sacks, the second-most in the league. Due to their poor offensive line play, Washington’s quarterback Sam Howell has been under constant duress all season long. Howell has been sacked five or more times in a game on six occasions this year.

Over their last four games, the Commanders have allowed 65 quarterback pressures, an average of over 16 a game. This week that trend will continue and Dallas’ defensive line will have one of their best showings of the season. The Cowboys record seven sacks as Washington’s offense line struggles continue.

NFL: Dallas Cowboys at Washington Commanders Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

2) CeeDee Lamb goes over 150 receiving yards in a game for the fourth time this season

The Commanders’ defense has struggled to slow down quality wide receivers this season. Washington has faced four true number-one wideouts this season. Below are how they have performed.

  • Stefon Diggs - 8 catches, 111 yards
  • A.J. Brown (Game #1) - 9 catches, 175 yards, 2 touchdowns
  • D.J. Moore - 8 catches, 230 yards, 3 touchdowns
  • A.J. Brown (Game #2) - 8 catches, 130 yards, 2 touchdowns
  • D.K. Metcalf - 7 catches, 98 yards

As you can see, all four had outstanding games when facing this Washington secondary. The Commanders have the third-worst Dropback EPA (0.154) in the league and a big reason for that is their aforementioned struggles in the secondary.

CeeDee Lamb will follow in the footsteps of these other star wideouts and have another big day. The future All-Pro goes over 150 receiving yards for the fourth time this season and has one of his most productive days of the year.

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3)KaVontae Turpin returns a punt for a touchdown

On multiple occasions this season KaVontae Turpin has gotten so close to taking one all the way back. In Week 8 against the Rams, Turpin had a return touchdown called back due to a holding penalty. On Thursday, the speedster will take one all the way without any laundry on the field. Turpin records his first regular season punt return touchdown and sparks the Dallas offense on Thanksgiving Day.

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