Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Dallas Cowboys
Sunday, Dec. 18, 8:30 p.m. (ET) NBC
NFL Pointspread: Dallas -7
BetAnySports Total Line: 46
The Buccaneers are on a roll with a five-game winning streak both straight-up and against the spread. Last Sunday’s 16-11 grinder against New Orleans as two-point favorites at home with BetAnySports raised their overall record to 8-5 (SU and ATS). The total stayed well UNDER 50.5 points in that game and it has now stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in their last four outings. Tampa Bay has been good to bettors this season when getting points with a 7-3 record ATS as an underdog.
The improved play of Jameis Winston in his second season as the Bucs’ starting quarterback is one of the reasons for this year’s success, but a big portion of the credit should go to a very opportunistic defense that is tied for the league lead in takeaways with 25. The defense added three more interceptions last week against the Saints to help secure the win. Overall, Tampa Bay is 18th in the NFL in points (22.5) and 16th in points allowed (22.8).
Dallas still has the best SU record in the NFC at 11-2, but it has dropped to 9-3-1 ATS after failing to cover in its last three games. Last Sunday night’s 10-7 loss to the rival New York Giants as a 3.5-point road favorite was the fourth time in its last six games that the total stayed UNDER BetAnySports’ closing line. The Cowboys do return home with a 4-1-1 record this season ATS.
Rookie quarterback Dak Prescott has been the toast of the town in Big D this season, but he has come under fire for his recent performance in that loss to the Giants. For the third game in a row he has failed to throw for more than 200 yards and in Sunday night’s loss his completion rate was just 45.9 percent of 37 passing attempts. Dallas still got a big effort from rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott on the ground with 107 yards on 24 carries, but for the second game in a row it came nowhere close to meeting its scoring average of 26.2 points a game.