Tampa Bay Bucs vs Dallas Cowboys Spread & ATS PickNoah Williams
After losing for a second time this season, to the same team, can the Dallas Cowboys right the ship against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday? The Cowboys return to AT&T Stadium for the first time since Thanksgiving Day when they square off against Buccaneers in what could be a preview of a future NFC playoff matchup.
With playoff implications on the line, both teams are hungry for the win. The Week 15 NFL Tampa Bay Vs Dallas spread favors the Cowboys by a TD. Kick-off is this Sunday, December 18 at 8:30 PM ET on NBC from the AT&T Stadium, in Arlington, Texas.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Vs Dallas Cowboys Spread, ATS Pick & How To Watch
What: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-5) at Dallas Cowboys (11-2)
When: Sunday, December 18, 2016
Start Time: 8:30 PM ET
Where: Landover, MD
Stadium: FedEx Field
Spread: Cowboys -7
Moneyline: Tampa Bay +250 vs Dallas -300
Game Total: 46.5
Watch: FOX Sports
Stream: Fox Sports Go
Listen: Tampa Bay vs Dallas
Why Bet The Tampa Bay Buccaneers To Beat The Cowboys
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been money lately winning their last five games in a row. They are 8-5 SU and ATS this season. They average 22.4 points per game (18th) and allow 22.8 points per game (16th).
The Bucs average 250.3 passing yards per game (15th). QB Jameis Winston (3364 yards, 23 TDs & 12 INTs) had a quiet game in the 16-12 win against the New Orleans Saints last week. He completed 16 of 26 passes for 184 yards.
"We play the game for games like this — the ability to control our destiny, the ability to be on the stage of ‘Sunday Night Football’ — that’s one of the reasons why people enjoy this game," Winston said. "But my mentality [is], we’re just trying to go 1-0."
WR Mike Evans (80 rec, 1100 yards, 10 TDs) has been unstoppable since he got to the league three seasons ago. He has elevated his game this season to join the likes of Julio Jones and Odell Beckham Jr. TE Cameron Brate (51 rec, 575 yards, 6 TDs) has evolved into a reliable red zone target. Tampa Bay averages 104.8 rushing yards per game (17th). With the injury bug infecting the backfield, rushers Jacquizz Rodgers (97 car, 422 yards, 1 TD) and Doug Martin (128 car, 379 yards, 3 TDs) have split carries lately.
Tampa Bay has the 20th-ranked total defense in the NFL. The Buccaneers allow 250.0 passing yards per game (16th) and 110 .7 rushing yards (20th). Kwon Alexander has 104 tackles, and Gerald McCoy has 7.0 sacks.
Why Bet The Dallas Cowboys To Beat The Buccaneers
The Dallas Cowboys fell to 11-2 SU and 9-3-1 ATS this season after losing 10-7 to the NY Giants last week. Even with an 11-game win streak, everyone is focused on the Cowboys to see how the react after their first sign of adversity in three months. They average 26.2 points per game (6th) and allow 18.3 points per game (5th).
The Cowboys average 233.1 passing yards per game (20th). QB Dak Prescott (3139 yards, 10 TDs & 4 INTs) had his worst career game last week. The fourth-round pick from Mississippi State completed just 17 of 37 passes for 165 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions against the Giants. It was the first time this season he’s thrown multiple picks in the same game.
"You can make it as simple or as complex as you want to make it," Garrett told reporters at his weekly press conference. "It’s pretty simple for us: Dak’s going to play quarterback as we go forward."
Prescott has failed to reach 200 yards passing in each of his last three games. The Cowboys have been successful on just 2 of 24 third-down conversions in the last two contests. Dallas has scored just 24 points in those two games.
WR Cole Beasley (64 rec, 711 yards, 5 TDs) is the leading receiver on the team. But Beasley hasn’t caught a touchdown pass in the last three weeks. WR Dez Bryant (38 rec, 644 yards, 6 TDs) has just one touchdown in the last three outings. He dropped a sure-fire TD last week. Dallas averages 152.2 rushing yards per game (2nd). RB Ezekiel Elliot leads all running backs (287 car, 1392 yards, 12 TDs) in rushing yards this season.
Dallas has the 15th-ranked total defense in the NFL. They give up 268.0 passing yards per game (28th) and 83.1 rushing yards per game (2nd). Sean Lee leads the team with 130 tackles, and Tyrone Crawford has 4.5 sacks.
If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On:
- Tampa Bay is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
- Tampa Bay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
- Tampa Bay is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
- Tampa Bay is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
- Dallas is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games
- Dallas is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games
Expert ATS Pick & Final Score Prediction
Jameis Winston has the tools to light up the Dallas secondary, but I fully expect the Cowboys to bounce back from their second loss of the season with a solid win over Tampa Bay. If not, next week’s QB hot seat chatter out of the Lone Star state is going to be fun.
Need more convincing? The Dallas Cowboys are 5-1 straight up and 4-2 against the spread in their last six games against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
My final score prediction is Tampa Bay 21, Dallas 24.