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Sunday NFL Primetime: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Dallas Cowboys 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in Dallas this week for a marquee matchup with the Cowboys under the bright lights of AT&T Stadium. There’s pressure on these Bucs that they haven’t been a part of since 2010, when a 10-6 record still wasn’t good enough for a Wild Card. This season the Bucs are thinking about a division title but with Atlanta hosting the pitiful 49ers earlier, Tampa Bay needs to make this one count.
TAMPA BAY (8-5) AT DALLAS (11-2)
Line: Cowboys -7 and O/U 46.5
Jameis Winston and the Bucs have won five-straight including impressive victories over a pair of division leaders, Kansas City (10-3) and Seattle (9-4-1). Last week Tampa Bay held the New Orleans Saints to their lowest point tally in more than a year, besting their rival 16-11 at Raymond James.
Flashing their defensive skill set, the Bucs allowed just 294 yards against the Saints and they picked off Drew Brees three times. That brings Tampa’s interception count during this win streak to 10 and their turnover margin to +9. The Bucs also won their battle of possession for the fifth-straight time and the past 18 road dogs getting +7 or more in this scenario are 13-5 ATS.
Dallas is a dangerous opponent right now, coming off their first loss since Week 1. We all know what happened after the Cowboys’ only other loss this season but things are different in December. Jerry Jones is meddling in his radio talks, and although his words over the years often end up as bulletin board material and nothing more, the possibility that Dak Prescott could soon be holding a clipboard becomes more of a reality with every failed attempt on third down.
In their two-game road trip to Minnesota and New York the Cowboys were just 2 for 24 on third down and their average yards per play was only 4.7. That’s less than Dallas’ full-season rushing yards per carry (4.8) but if the Cowboys passing game becomes an idle threat, odds are good that Ezekiel Elliot’s production will falloff as well.

 

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