Date/Time: September 23rd, 1:00 P.M. ET
NFL Odds from BetOnline
Point Spread: Dallas -8
NFL Betting Game Trends
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Tampa Bay is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay’s last 7 games
Tampa Bay is 1-11 SU in its last 12 games
Tampa Bay is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Tampa Bay’s last 6 games on the road
- Dallas is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Dallas’s last 5 games
Dallas is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
Dallas is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Dallas’s last 6 games at home
The 2012 home schedule for the Dallas Cowboys begins on Sunday afternoon against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as they try to beat the NFL betting lines in this Week 3 clash.
The Buccaneers have really set the tone for what should be a great tenure for Head Coach Greg Schiano. Tampa Bay made it known last week against the New York Giants that it isn’t going to be a gigantic pushover as it was last year. Sure, the defense has allowed over 800 passing yards in two games, but the unit has forced a bunch of turnovers, is great against teams on the ground this year, and it really is just showing a swagger that it didn’t have when this was one of the worst defenses in the league in 2011. The offense is playing smash mouth ball, though RB Doug Martin needs to get some more help from his offensive line. He is going to get the rock 20 times in this game again for sure. QB Josh Freeman did what he had to do to get his team in a position to win last week, but it just wasn’t meant to be. Still, he is playing well, and he isn’t going to feel matched here in Big D.
For as good as the Cowboys were in Week 1, they were that bad in Week 2 when they went on the road to the Seattle Seahawks. The offense scored just seven points, and the unit just never looked like it had itself in sync the whole game. After going just 23-of-40 for 251 yards with a TD and a pick, QB Tony Romo is under fire once again, and he knows that he is going to have to do a better job completing passes to some of his big time receivers. We really haven’t heard all that much from WR Dez Bryant or WR Miles Austin this year, and that needs to change. RB DeMarco Murray had just 44 yards last Sunday, but considering the fact that the team was behind the whole game, that might not be considered all that much of a surprise. RB Felix Jones had just one carry for one yard, and he had a fumble on a kickoff that really took the air out of the sails of the team. He could see his role reduced by Head Coach Jason Garrett in the future.
We just don’t think that the oddsmakers have adjusted on the fact that Tampa Bay is a lot better than it was last year. This should be about a field goal point spread or so, and this is just far too many points for the Cowboys to be laying. It’s not a slight against Dallas for sure, and we do think that it is going to win this game, but the Bucs aren’t going to go down without a fight. Dallas 24 – Tampa Bay 20
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