Bucs vs. Cowboys Total Prediction

Tampa Bay Bucs vs. Dallas Cowboys, 12/21/18 Predictions & Odds

The Dallas Cowboys were shut out a week ago in Indianapolis but will they offense rebound this Sunday when they host the Tampa Bay Bucs at 1:00 p.m. ET?

Game Snapshot

101 Tampa Bay Bucs at 102 Dallas Cowboys

1:00 p.m. ET, Sunday, December 23

AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Public Betting Trends

According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Cowboys are 7-point favorites to beat the Bucs. The total, meanwhile, sits at 48 points. As of this writing, 54% of the public betting tickets are on the Cowboys to cover the point spread.

Tampa Bay Bucs

DeSean Jackson (thumb) was upgraded to full participation at Thursday's practice. Jackson is on track to make his return after catching passes on Wednesday and with today's full practice. His return to the lineup does nothing but crowd the receiving group however. It's tough to start Jackson or Chris Godwin against the Cowboys' perimeter corners.

Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott completed 24-of-39 passes for just 206 scoreless yards and one interception in the Cowboys' shutout Week 15 loss to the Colts. He didn't register a rushing attempt. This is about as bad as it gets for Prescott from a fantasy lens. He should have had a short touchdown, but FB Jamize Olawale comically dropped the pass on third down before Dallas then failed on fourth down. The offense never sniffed the end zone again. Prescott's interception was a sailed pass -- one of several of those today -- late in the fourth quarter in the red zone. Prescott will try to bounce back Week 16 against the Bucs.

NFL Betting Trends

Tampa  Bay

The Bucs are 3-1-1 against the spread in their last five games overall but are just 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight games versus conference opponents.

Dallas

The Cowboys are 5-1 against the spread in their last six games overall and are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games.

Prediction

The under is 4-0 in the last four meetings between these two teams and is 4-1 in the last five meetings in Dallas. The under is also 4-0 in the Bucs’ last four games overall, is 20-8-1 in their last 29 games in December and is 4-1 in their last five conference games. On the other side, the under is 13-3 in the Cowboys’ last 16 games in December, is 16-7 in their last 23 games overall and is 9-4 in their last 13 conference matchups.

NFL Week 16 Prediction: Bucs/Cowboys under 48

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