The Matchup That Will Define Buccaneers-Cowboys in Week 16

Dec 18, 2018 01:27 PM EST

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  • Every week I leverage my experience as a high school football coach and fantasy analyst with a statistics background to find advantages in betting and DFS.
  • This week we’re focusing on the NFC matchup between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dallas Cowboys.

Betting odds: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Dallas Cowboys

  • Spread: Cowboys -7
  • Over/Under: 46.5
  • Time: 1 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: FOX

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The Bucs looked like a real disaster on defense to start the season. They allowed Drew Brees to complete 82% of his passes for 439 yards and three touchdowns en route to a 40-point performance in their Week 1 matchup against the Saints.

Then what could have been a result of poor matchup turned into a trend.

The Bucs allowed an average of 34.6 points over their first five games. They ranked last in net yards per attempt (8.59) and last in yards per play (6.89) over that same span. The only thing Tampa Bay was doing effectively was stopping the run, where the team was permitting just 3.76 yards per carry, good for fifth in the NFL.