Big D can secure first place in its division if it beats the sinking Buccaneers, and Philadelphia and Washington both lose.
NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis
Tampa Bay is coming off a 20-12 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, leaving the club at 5-9 straight up and 6-7-1 against the spread. The Bucs, once the best Over bet in the NFL, have played Under the total in four straight games. The Over is still 8-6 for the Bucs this season.
The Cowboys were shutout 23-0 last week at Lucas Oil Stadium against Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. Dallas was a 3-point road underdog but the manner of the defeat was a stunner to Big D backers. The ‘Boys are 8-6 SU and ATS on the year and the Under is 8-6 in their 14 games.
Dallas owns a 1-game lead over the Eagles and Redskins in the NFC East but Sports Interaction lists Jerry Jones’ team as -2500 favourites to win the division. The Cowboys will be happy to return to their home stadium where they are 6-1 SU and 5-2 ATS this season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay managed to score just 12 points last weekend against the Baltimore Ravens. It’s never easy finding the end zone going against the No. 2 defence in the NFL, but the Bucs offence is trending down in a big way.
It seems like years ago when Ryan Fitzpatrick was lighting up the scoreboard and showing up to postgame press conferences looking like football’s version of Conor McGregor. The Bucs were averaging 34 points per game after the first three weeks of the campaign.
Fitzpatrick lost his fitzmagic and Jameis Winston was re-inserted as the starting quarterback. Winston has been up and down – mostly down – since making his return under centre. The Bucs have scored a total of 26 points in their last two games.
No one doubts the talent on Dallas’ roster. The Cowboys will be sending five players to the Pro Bowl after the rosters were announced this week. Three of those five players play on the line (two offensive linemen, one d-lineman). Byron Jones became Dallas’ first defense back to make a Pro Bowl since 2009.
The least shocking Dallas player to make the NFL’s all-star roster was Ezekiel Elliott. The former OSU tailback leads the league in rushing yards this season with 1349 on an NFL-high 286 carries.