Keep reading to see our NFL Wild Card Weekend, Cowboys vs Buccaneers pick and preview. In this article, we will outline who will come away with the win and cover the spread.
Cowboys vs Buccaneers Pick & Preview- NFL Playoffs
Kickoff for this matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers is set for 8:15 PM ET. The game will be played in Tampa Bay, FL at Raymond James Stadium, with ABC carrying television coverage. The Cowboys head into the game as the -2.5 point favorite to pick up the win.
Cowboys vs Buccaneers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NFL
- Teams: Dallas Cowboys at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Where: Tampa Bay at Raymond James Stadium
- Date: Monday, January 16th
- Betting Odds DAL -2.5, DAL -150 | TB +126 O/U 45.5
Can Dak Prescott And The Cowboys Come Away With A Win On The Road?
In week 18, the Dallas Cowboys dropped their NFC East matchup against the Commanders by a score of 26-6. With the loss, Dallas failed to cover the spread, as they had a -7.5 advantage on the spread. The team’s combined scoring of 32 points fell below the posted betting line of 40.
Dallas struggled to run the ball last week, finishing with just 64 yards on 27 attempts. The team’s leading rusher was Malik Davis, who finished with just 19 yards and a per-attempt average of 3.8.
At the quarterback position, Dak Prescott ended the game with a passer rating of 45.8 on 128 yards through the air. Prescott was able to find the endzone 1 time through the air. CeeDee Lamb led the way for Dallas at receiver, finding the endzone once to go along with his 52 yards. Dallas comes into the game averaging 219.8 yards per game through the air. Going into the game, the Cowboys have thrown a total of 18.0 interceptions, coming on a passing completion percentage of 64.9% (17th).
Will The Buccaneers Take Advantage Of Playing At Raymond James Stadium vs The Cowboys?
Last week, the Buccaneers lost in a divisional matchup against Atlanta Falcons by a score of 30-17. Tampa Bay entered the game as 6.0 point underdogs on the spread. Going into the game, the over-under total was set at 40 points, which the teams surpassed.
Even though Tampa Bay ended the game with just 20 carries, they still ran for a total of 86 yards. The team’s leading rusher was Giovani Bernard, who finished with just 28 yards and a per-attempt average of 7.
At the quarterback position, Tom Brady ended the game with a passer rating of 106.0 on 84 yards through the air. Brady was able to find the endzone 1 time through the air. Leading the team’s passing attack was Chris Godwin, who finished with 55 yards, including a yards per reception figure of 9.2. Tampa Bay throws the ball 44.2 times per game, ranking them 1st in the league. So far, 77.8% of their yards have come through the air, on a completion percentage of 66.4% (9th).
Odds & Free Betting Analysis for this NFL Game
This week, the Cowboys will be looking for some revenge, as they already have 1 loss to the Buccaneers this season. In the first game, Dallas fell by a score of 19-3. In addition to picking up the win, the Buccaneers covered the spread as +2.5 point favorites. This year Dallas will be looking for revenge, as they dropped last year’s only meeting between the two teams by a score of 31-29. However, they did manage to cover the spread at -9.0.
When looking back at the recent matchups between Dallas and Tampa Bay, the Buccaneers put together a record of 2-3. The two teams have combined to average 38.2 points per game in their last 5 meetings.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have performed well vs the spread in recent games, going 3-1-1. The Cowboys’ offense has averaged 18.2 points per game over the 5 most recent meetings with Tampa Bay, compared to the Buccaneers at 20.0.
Through their last 5 road contests, the Cowboys’ offense has averaged 27.0 points per game while allowing an average of 22.6. Dallas posted an overall record of 2-3-0 while going 2-3 ATS.
When looking at their past 5 home matchups, Tampa Bay has an ATS record of 2-2-1 while averaging 21.4 per game. The team went 4-1 overall in these games.
Cowboys vs Buccaneers Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Cowboys -2.5
- Free Total Prediction: Over 45.5
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