Buccaneers vs Cowboys NFL Week 16 Odds & Expert Prediction.

Buccaneers vs Cowboys NFL Week 16 Odds & Expert Prediction

Written by on December 19, 2018

At this very late stage of the season, teams are either alive in the hunt for the playoffs or out of it altogether, looking to play the role of the spoiler. There are now just 7 playoff spots available across both conferences, with 5 tickets already punched. It will take all 17 weeks of the season to sort everything out, but a couple of those open spots could well end up being filled this weekend. The Dallas Cowboys are very much in the playoff picture heading into Week 16, and could all but clinch the NFC East, and a spot in the postseason, with a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this coming weekend.

The Bucs are one of the teams relegated to the role of spoiler after putting in another underwhelming season, and it is going to be interesting to see how they play out the final couple of weeks. The Cowboys have been on a good run of late, despite losing last week and come into this one as a 7-point home favorite. The point total has been set at 47.

Buccaneers vs Cowboys NFL Week 16 Odds & Expert Prediction

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Weather Forecast

  • Clear: 13°C/55°F
  • Humidity: 52%
  • Precipitation: 0%
  • Cloud Cover: 6%
  • Wind: 8 mph NNW
  • Stadium Type: Retractable

Why bet on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?

There have been a lot of things that have gone wrong in Tampa this season, but the thing that sticks out the most has been the Bucs inability to settle on a starting QB. Both Jameis Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick have taken turns as the starter this season, but the fact that neither has been able to hold down the role for more than a few weeks at a time tells you just how inconsistent both players have been.

The Bucs did have a minor little return to form with back to back wins, but they immediately followed that up with a pair of losses, which brings them into Texas on a 2-game losing skid. They have been a decent bet ATS of late, covering in 4 of their last 5 games. Tampa Bay are 3-3-1 ATS on the road and have seen the UNDER hit in 4 consecutive games.

Team Stats

Offense
  • Average Score For: 24.57
  • Total Yards: 416.72
  • Rush Yards: 97.86
  • Passing Yards: 318.86
Defense
  • Average Score Against: 28.79
  • Total Yards: 386.57
  • Rush Yards: 128.14
  • Passing Yards: 258.43

Why bet on the Dallas Cowboys?

The Dallas Cowboys blew their opportunity to win 6 in a row and basically seal up a division title with a loss to the Indianapolis Colts last weekend. That game was also the first time in the last 6 that they failed to cover the spread, as well as being the first time that the offense was blanked this season.

Buccaneers vs Cowboys should be an easy victory for Dallas.

The Cowboys will be delighted to get back home, where they have gone 5-2 SU this season. As the favorite, they are 3-3 ATS, which includes being 3-2 ATS as a home favorite. They certainly look like a solid SU pick in this one, as the Cowboys have come away with the win in 10 of the last 11 visits by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 5 of the last 7 homes games for the Cowboys have gone OVER the point total.

Team Stats

Offense
  • Average Score For: 19.71
  • Total Yards: 346.43
  • Rush Yards: 130.93
  • Passing Yards: 215.50
Defense
  • Average Score Against: 19.21
  • Total Yards: 317.43
  • Rush Yards: 93.36
  • Passing Yards: 224.07

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Buccaneers vs Cowboys NFL Week 16 Betting Trends

  • Tampa Bay is 4-7-1 ATS in its last 12 games
  • Tampa Bay is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Tampa Bay’s last 6 games
  • Dallas is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Dallas is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 16 of Dallas’s last 23 games

Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Buccaneers vs Cowboys

I think this one might just creep OVER the point total, with the Dallas Cowboys getting the win that they need to edge ever closer to a division title. I also like Dallas to cover the spread here.

Score: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21 – Dallas Cowboys 28
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