NFL Preview – Dallas Cowboys @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFL Preview – Dallas Cowboys @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFL Preview – Dallas Cowboys @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

It’s Week 10 of the 2015/2016 NFL regular season and my oh my, how quickly this has flown by. The road to the playoffs has well and truly begun and this season poses a plethora of playoff contenders, especially in the NFC. With teams all fighting for a highly sought-after playoff spot, this latter half of the season should boast some fantastic games. Next up, we take a look at a highly competitive NFC battle between South and East. The Tony Romo-less Dallas Cowboys make the journey to the Sunshine State. They will be hosted by Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who are still battling in the entertaining NFC South.

The Cowboys have yet to get a win this season without starting Quarterback Tony Romo and I think that trend continues against a frisky Buccaneers team. We’re taking the Tampa Bay Buccaneers +2 at odds of 87/100 with 888 Sport. You can get ‘Treble the Odds’ with your first bet if you click this link or the banner below!

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers invested their first pick of the draft in Jameis Winston in hopes that the college prodigy would switch the fortunates of this long time struggling Buccaneers outfit. Whilst the Bucs sit bottom of the incredibly competitive NFC South, they have looked like a lively team who’ve kept games close over their 3-5 record. They lost last week to the New York Giants following a bad fourth quarter, a week after getting a big win agains the Atlanta Falcons. This team still has a lot to offer.

Jameis Winston has proved a great pick-up to lead this team into the future. Winston has completed 57.7% of his passes for 1,895 yards, adding ten touchdowns, seven interceptions and three rushing touchdowns. Doug Martin is finally finding some form this season after a few seasons of struggles. Martin has added 643 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Mike Evans has been Winston’s go-to target, accounting for 536 receiving yards and a touchdown. The Buccaneers defence has room for improvement, allowing on average 28.9 points per game and 349 yards per game.

The Dallas Cowboys were another team tipped for greatness this season following a great push at the playoffs last season. That was until early in the season when both Tony Romo and Dez Bryant went down with respective injuries. The Cowboys won their first two games against NFC East opposition and looked likely to take the division early on, but with both key players going down, it all went downhill. They’ve not won since week two. They’ve got Dez Bryant back but without Romo throwing to him, he’s not fulfilling the potential he has displayed on numerous occasions. The Cowboys fell short in overtime last week to the Philadelphia Eagles, taking them to last place in the NFC East.

Matt Cassell is filling in under center until Tony Romo returns which may be soon. The former playoff Quarterback is completing 61.1% of his passes 641 yards. He is even on his touchdown to interception ratio, with four of both. He has not won a game for the Cowboys yet this season. Darren McFadden is now the starting Running Back for the Cowboy following the dramatic cutting of Joseph Randle. Run DMC has rushed for 462 yards and two touchdowns. He has the ability to explode behind that Cowboys elite offensive line. The ever-reliable veteran Jason Witten is carrying the receiving load this year, adding 403 yards and two touchdowns. The inclusion of Dez Bryant into this receiving core along with Terrence Williams and Cole Beasley should boost this team immediately. The Dallas Cowboys are still trying to compose their defence who on average are allowing 25.5 points per game and 352.2 yards per game.


This game is a very, very tight fixture. Vegas has identified that as well as they have been changing favourites all week, however they have settled that the Cowboys are favourites by less than a field goal. The Tampa Bay Buccanneers are 5-1 against the spread versus teams with a losing record and are 7-1 against the spread following a game where they failed to cover the spread. The Dallas Cowboys are 1-4 against the spread following a loss and 1-5 against the spread in their last six games overall.

I don’t think there’s seperating too much between these two teams in terms of available talent. That being said, there’s two factors making my mind up in my pick. The Cowboys have failed to win a game this season when Tony Romo hasn’t played and I think the loss of their leader has really bothered this team’s stability. Another stabiity issue is the personnel problems, such as Joseph Randle getting cut and the sheer controversy surrounding Greg Hardy and Jerry Jones’ neglecting to do anything about it. The Jerry Jones circus is in full swing right now and I think this is hurting this team. As I said, the Buccaneers are quite a lively and young outfit and going forward, I think this will benefit this team. I think you see glimpses of their potential tonight as they take advantage of a hurting Dallas Cowboys teams. Tampa Bay Buccaneers to cover the +2 spread.

Dan Glozier.

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