Cowboys Can Clinch Homefield Today
After five straight wins straight up and against the spread, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-5 SU and ATS) suddenly find themselves in the thick of the playoff hunt. A tough test awaits the surging team Sunday night. They travel to Arlington, Texas, where they’ll face the Dallas Cowboys (11-2 SU, 9-4 ATS). The Dallas Cowboys are 7-point favorites at press time with a total of 46.5 to 47.
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The Dallas Cowboys have already clinched a playoff spot. After last week’s 10-7 loss to the New York Giants (+4.5 away), the NFC East is still up for grabs. There’s talk about Tony Romo perhaps replacing Dak Prescott at quarterback. Prescott is expected to start against Tampa Bay after the Giants held him to 165 yards passing with two picks. Don’t expect Tony Romo to replace Prescott at the quarterback position unless he just completely falls apart. Prescott has earned the respect of the team. He will get every opportunity to finish what he started.
The Bucs, meanwhile, have to be pleased with the performance of sophomore quarterback Jameis Winston. He’s on the verge of becoming a Top-10 quarterback in the NFL. His teammates respect him, and he’s has thrown just three interceptions during Tampa’s five-game winning streak. The rushing attack is still one of the worst in the league at just 3.5 yards per carry. The Cowboys are second overall at 4.8 yards.
Here are the Playoff Scenarios for the Dallas Cowboys:
Dallas can clinch the NFC East division title and a first-round bye with:
1) DAL win + NYG loss or tie OR
2) DAL tie + NYG loss
Dallas can clinch home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with:
1) DAL win + NYG/DET tie
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