THE RUNDOWN: A good ole Thanksgiving rivalry game

Redskins line up for an extra point against the Dallas Cowboys during the second half at FedEx Field.Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

The Cowboys can vault into a tie atop the NFC East with the Redskins by winning on Thursday.

The Cowboys host the Washington Redskins in the annual Thanksgiving Day game. Its' the ninth time Dallas has played Washington on the holiday and the Cowboys have a 7-1 record in those contests.

With Redskins QB Alex Smith suffering a season-ending broken leg on Sunday and Colt McCoy taking the reins of the offense, Dallas is a 7.5-point favorite and ESPN's Matchup Predictor gives the Cowboys a 74.2-percent chance to win.

And, as fate would have it, Dallas can pull even with the Redskins atop the NFC East with a victory.

TV: 3:30 p.m., Thursday on Fox.

RECORDS: Redskins (6-4), Cowboys (5-5)

SERIES HISTORY: 118th regular-season meeting. Dallas leads 70-45-2. Washington last won in Dallas on Jan. 3, 2016, ending the Cowboys season at 4-12 and finishing off the Redskins' NFC East title.

BY THE NUMBERS: 388, 7.1 – Ezekiel Elliott’s total yards and average per touch during the Cowboys road wins over the Eagles and Falcons.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: QB Dak Prescott seems to be finding his rhythm as a passer since Dallas acquired WR Amari Cooper from the Raiders a month ago. Prescott has passed for more than 200 yards in each of the last three games, something he didn’t do in the first three outings of the campaign. On Sunday, Prescott completed 22 of 32 passes for 208 yards. He didn’t throw a TD pass, but he ran four yards for a score that gave the Cowboys a 12-9 lead in the fourth quarter.

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