Second-place teams will square off on Thursday Night Football as the Dallas Cowboys (11-4, 2nd in NFC East) square off with the Tennessee Titans (7-8, 2nd in AFC South). The Titans will host this one at Nissan Stadium, with kickoff scheduled for 8:15 pm ET.
Dallas comes into this one off of a huge divisional win over the Philadelphia Eagles, 40-34. In the victory, Dak Prescott threw for 347 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception. CeeDee Lamb was his go-to receiver, as he had 120 yards receiving and two scores.
As for the Titans, they were shocked by the Houston Texans 19-14 on Christmas Eve. In the loss, Malik Willis threw for just 99 yards and two interceptions. Derrick Henry had a nice game, going for 126 yards and a touchdown, but it wasn’t enough for the reeling Titans.
The Cowboys come in as huge favorites in this one despite playing on the road. They are -430 to win, while the Titans’ moneyline sits at +350. The spread features Tennessee as 10-point underdogs (-105), and the over/under for total points is 42.5.
Dallas Looks To Finish Season Strong
Even though they are second in their own division, the Dallas Cowboys have the third-best record in the NFC. With just a couple of weeks remaining on the schedule, the Cowboys will look to finish the season strong ahead of the playoffs.
Dallas is solid on both sides of the ball. The Cowboys rank sixth in scoring defense, allowing opponents just 20.2 points per game. They are even a bit better on offense, where they rank third overall in scoring, averaging 28.9 points per game (27.3 on the road).
The offense is led by 29-year-old quarterback Dak Prescott. In 10 games, he has thrown for 2,450 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. He has also rushed for 155 yards and another score.
Prescott’s favorite receiver continues to be CeeDee Lamb. In 15 games, he leads the team with 1,207 yards receiving and eight touchdowns.
On the ground, the Cowboys have the two-headed monster of Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard. Elliott has rushed for 829 yards and 11 touchdowns, while Pollard has rushed for 988 yards and nine scores.
Titans Trying To Reclaim Division Lead
If the season ended today, the Titans would be on the outside looking in, thanks to their loss to the Texans this week. Even though they are tied with the Jaguars in overall record in the AFC South, Jacksonville holds the tiebreaker currently. Still, with a rematch with Jacksonville on tap in the final week of the season, these next two games are critical for Tennessee.
Unfortunately, if they are going to win, they will have to do it without their quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill is out for the season after having surgery on his injured ankle.
In his place is Malik Willis. Willis has played in parts of eight games and has thrown for 276 yards and three interceptions.
With so much uncertainty under center, Derrick Henry is going to need to become even more of a factor. Currently, in 15 games, Henry has rushed for 1,429 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also has 32 receptions for another 379 yards.
Take Dallas To Win And Cover
Looking at the trends, Dallas is 5-1 in their last six games and 10-1 in their last 11 games played in December. Furthermore, they are 11-4 against the spread in their last 15 road games and 4-1 against the spread in their last five at Tennessee.
For the Titans, they are 0-4-1 against the spread in their last five, and they are winless in that same stretch.
For a team that is without their quarterback, winless in their last five games, and in dire need of wins to make the playoffs, seeing Dallas come to town is not exactly a treat.
Being able to focus on the run, expect Dallas’ defense to come up big against the Titans in this one. Take Dallas to not only win, but to cover the 10-point spread as well (-105).