The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going nowhere, but they can feel good about themselves and give their fans some kind of Christmas present by taking down the Dallas Cowboys this coming weekend in Arlington. The Cowboys need a win to get some much-needed breathing space between them and the Philadelphia Eagles, who are breathing hard down their neck. Going into this important game, the sportsbook favors the home team (+1500 to win the NFC) by just over a touchdown.
Betting Preview for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Dallas Cowboys NFL Week 16 Game on December 23, 2018
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington
When: Sunday, December 23, 2018, 1:00 PM ET
Line: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+7) vs Dallas Cowboys (-7) – view all 2018 NFL lines
TV Broadcast: FOX
Betting on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-9)
The Bucs have been playing as though they are two characters sharing one body of late. Just like in Week 14’s 28-14 home loss to the New Orleans Saints, the Bucs showed up in last Sunday’s 20-12 road loss to the Baltimore Ravens playing great in the first half before floundering in the final two quarters of the game. Inconsistency has been among the many issues of Tampa Bay this season. Over their last two games, they have scored just 12 points in the second half, but even then, it would be foolish to count out the Bucs’ offense. After all, they still have the Mike Evans, who can single-handedly carry the team. Against the Ravens’ tough defense, Evans needed just four receptions to reach 121 receiving yards. Dallas also has a stingy defense, but it can be susceptible at times, especially after it got dinged by the Indianapolis Colts.
The Buccaneers are averaging 24.6 points per game. They are third in the NFL with 416.6 total yards per contest.
The Bucs are 2-1-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last four road games.
Betting on the Dallas Cowboys (8-6)
How about them, Cowb… Never mind. Whatever momentum the Cowboys had from their five-game winning streak heading into Week 15, it got burnt into a crisp by the Indianapolis Colts, who shutout Dallas last Sunday, 23-0. It was a total bummer for the Cowboys’ offense, which had been inspiring the team’s fans with so much optimism due to its significant improvement following the trade deadline acquisition of wide receiver. However, the Cowboys were held down to only 292 total yards by the Colts. Prescott managed just 206 passing yards with an interception on 24-of-39 passing, while Cooper sputtered with 41 receiving yards on four catches. Running back Ezekiel Elliott coughed up 87 rushing yards on 18 meaningless carries. But the Cowboys may just have what the doctor ordered for their suddenly ailing offense: a an opponent with a punching bag defense such as the Bucs. Tampa Bay is third worst in the NFL with 28.8 points allowed per game. The Bucs are also 28th overall with a 386.6 total yards surrendered per contest.
At home so far this season, the Cowboys are 6-1 SU and 5-2 ATS, going 3-0 ATS in their last three home games.
Dallas wins, 30-20.
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