Prime Time Preview: Cowboys vs Buccaneers

Prime Time Preview: Cowboys vs Buccaneers

Hello and welcome back to my Monday night preview! This contest has us traveling to Raymond James Stadium where the Dallas Cowboys visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to wrap up the Wild Card round. It’s an interesting matchup as Dallas had a respectable season finishing 12-5, #2 in the Eastern division and 5th over all in the conference. Strangely enough, Tampa Bay had a losing record at 8-9, won the Southern division, and managed to land the #4 spot for the NFC. This will be the 3rd straight appearance in the playoffs for the Buccaneers and the second for Dallas.


This Monday night will be a rematch of Week 1. The Buccaneers visited the Cowboys back in September and walked away with a 19-3 road win. This time Tampa has the home field advantage, but that never really seems to matter to Tom! He has never lost against the Dallas Cowboys. Another intriguing variable in this game is the fact that Dallas has not won a post season road game since 1993. Despite these facts looking poor for Dak Prescott and the Cowboys, they showed a very strong performance on both offense and defense this season. They finished with a top 10 offense and a top 15 defense. The Bucs have had a tougher path to the playoffs. Through their struggles however, Brady managed to pass the ball 733 times for 4,694 yards, the 3rd most in the NFL this season.

 
Both teams should have their star receivers and nearly all of their starting defensive players. It’s likely that Tampa will be without tight end Kyle Rudolph and Guard Nick Leverett, while both deal with knee injuries. Also questionable are (C) Robert Hainsey, and (NT) Vita Vea. Both (G) John Molchon and  (DB) Logan Ryan participated in full practices on Saturday so things seem to be trending well for them. On the Dallas side of things (CB) Trayvon Mullen is out. Micah Parsons missed Saturday practice for personal reasons but nothing seems to indicate that he will miss game day. Dallas will see many starters returning after missing time such as (C) Tyler Biadasz, (DE) Demarcus Lawrence,(OT) Tyron Smith and (MLB) Leighton Vander Esch.

So, yet again this will be a match up where many experts cannot seem to come to a consensus on the favorite. While most everyone seems to agree on a 45.5 over/under, the victor is not agreed upon. Most seem to favor the Cowboys due to their performance this year and the fact they have looked really good aside from Week 18. Many have doubts about the Bucs because of their struggles on the field and Tom Bradys struggles on and off. However, many still agree that they come away +2.5, while others say Dallas -2.5.  In my life time I have learned to side with Brady no matter what he is up against. That’s when he turns into the Comeback Kid. My prediction is Tampa Bay wins 21-17

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