With the Playoffs on the Line, Can the Bucs Come Through?
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
No NFC East team has won the division back to back in over a decade. So when the Washington Redskins won the division last year, it seemed only natural that another team would take their place in 2016. But even with that suspicion in mind, few online sportsbook fans predicted that that team would be the Dallas Cowboys, especially when Tony Romo suffered a serious injury before the season even began. But once the preseason began and football sports betting websites got a good look at Dak Prescott, everyone realized that there was something special about this Cowboys team. Several weeks later and the Cowboys have the best record in the NFC and are on their way to clinching home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
In Week 15 the Dallas Cowboys will open up AT&T Stadium to welcome the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Lone Star State. Of the two the Buccaneers stand to lose more. The Cowboys have a 2-game lead over the Giants and even though Big Blue recently beat Dallas this past weekend, it’s unlikely that the Cowboys will lose the division. The Buccaneers on the other hand, are only 1-game ahead of three teams in the Wild Card race. With so much to lose, what do the NFL game betting odds have to say about Tampa Bay’s chances?
NFL Odds – Week 15 – Sunday, December 18th
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +7 (-105) 47 (-105)
It appears that the football sports betting odds are favoring the Cowboys by a considerable margin. Which makes sense considering that Dallas will be coming into this contest with an 11-2 two record while the Bucs will be coming in at 8-5. The Buccaneers will also be coming into this matchup with a 5-game win streak that includes impressive victories over the Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks – two teams that are destined for the playoffs. The Cowboys just got their 11-game win streak snapped by the same team that handed them their first loss of the season, the New York Giants, and will be looking to bounce back in order to secure home field advantage.
The Bucs may be putting on an impressive win streak, but you couldn’t tell it by looking at them on paper. The Bucs have the 21st worst rushing defense and the 16th worst pass defense. Offensively they have the 17th worst rushing offense and the 15th worst passing game. None of those statistics stand out to football sports betting fans, and the opposite is true for Dallas. The Cowboys have the 2nd best rushing offense, the 5th highest scoring average, and the league’s 2nd best rushing defense. Unlike the Bucs the Cowboys don’t need a miracle to win this Sunday, they just need to show up.