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Sunday, Dec. 18, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Dallas Cowboys. The game, to be played at AT&T Stadium, is slated for an 8:30 p.m. ET start time. Read on for our Buccaneers vs. Cowboys preview.
According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, Dallas wins the matchup between the two teams 69.7% of the time. The spread also favors the Cowboys.
Spread: Dallas -7
Game Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Buccaneers vs. Cowboys preview:
Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the hottest team in the NFL. After starting the season with a 3-5 record, the Bucs have reeled off five straight wins and put themselves in the conversation for a spot in the NFC playoffs. Tampa Bay is now tied with Atlanta atop the NFC South standings but get a tough road game against on the the league's best teams.
Dallas opened the season with a loss to the New York Giants. The Cowboys then went on to win their next 11 games before facing the Giants on the road in Week 14. Dallas has lost to only one team this year, it just so happens that team is in its division and the two teams play twice a year. Can the Cowboys bounce back against the streaking Bucs?
The Bucs and Cowboys have played 17 times in history. The Cowboys hold a resounding 11-1 lead in the regular season series. Dallas also holds a 2-0 advantage in the playoffs.
Buccaneers vs. Cowboys prediction:
Despite the success the Buccaneers are having, the Cowboys are the better team overall. After losing its second game of the season, Dallas will look to get back on track. A home game against a defense that has some holes should afford the Cowboys a chance to do just that.
Cowboys 27, Bucs 17