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Can Cowboys' offensive line protect Andy Dalton from Washington rush?

Cowboys (2-4) at Washington (1-5)

1 p.m. ET | Fox

Matchup rating:
15.5 | Spread: WSH -1 (46)

What to watch for: It will be all eyes on Washington's defensive line versus Dallas' offensive line. The Cowboys might have backups across the board, depending on guard Zack Martin's health. And Washington's strength remains its line, though after combining for seven sacks in the opener, this group has recorded only six in the past five weeks. Sunday is a chance for it to get healthy. And with Dallas likely paying close attention to edge rushers Montez Sweat and Chase Young, the interior could have a bigger day. -- John Keim

Bold prediction: The Cowboys will intercept a Kyle Allen pass. He has been intercepted at least once in nine of his past 11 starts after not getting picked off in the first five starts of his career. So far this season, the Cowboys have one interception -- Chidobe Awuzie intercepted Jared Goff in the third quarter of the season opener. They have gone 158 pass attempts since without a pick. That has to change, and Allen has shown the tendency to throw it to the other team. -- Todd Archer

Stat to know: Washington wide receiver Terry McLaurin has 56 targets this season, tied for fifth in the league. And he has accounted for 37% of Washington's receiving yards, the second-highest mark in the NFL after DeAndre Hopkins (40%).

Injuries: Cowboys | Washington

What to know for fantasy: Very quietly, Washington running back J.D. McKissic has improved his weekly positional rank each week this season and was the 12th-best running back in Week 6. See Week 7 rankings.

Betting nugget: Since the start of the 2017 season, Dallas is 15-4 ATS against the NFC East. Read more.

Archer's pick: Cowboys 12, Washington 9

Keim's pick: Washington 21, Cowboys 20

FPI prediction: WSH, 58.2% (by an average of 2.9 points)

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