January 12, 2023 4 min read


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Dallas Cowboys vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wild Card Odds, Time, and Prediction

The Super Wild Card round ends with the Monday Night Football clash between the Dallas Cowboys (#5) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (#4)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers booked the ticket to the postseason for the third year in a row. This time, however, they ended the regular season with a negative record (8-9). They got to the Wild Card Playoffs by winning the NFC South.

Their opponent in the MNF game – the Dallas Cowboys – ended the regular season with a 12-5 record. That wasn’t enough for them to win the NFC East Division but was enough to earn them the No. 5 seed.

Dallas Cowboys vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wild Card Odds

Dallas Cowboys -2.5-118
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +2.5-104
Dallas Cowboys-142
Tampa Bay Buccaneers+120
Over 45.5 points-105
Under 45.5 points-115

*Odds taken from FanDuel on Thursday, January 12, 2023.

When, Where, and How to Watch?

  • Place: Raymond James Stadium               in Tampa, Florida
  • Date: Monday, January 16, 2023
  • Time: 8:15 PM ET
  • How to Watch: ABC

Dallas Cowboys to Run the Ball to Victory?

The Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott threw at least one interception in each of his previous seven games. In fact, the 2-time Pro Bowler hasn’t thrown an interception only in two games of the regular season.

Many of his mistakes in the 2022-23 season resulted in turnovers, but nevertheless, his team still managed to do very well. The Cowboys finished the regular season with a 12-5 record, with a couple of wins against some real heavyweights – the Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans, Minnesota Vikings, and so on.

Still, in their most recent game, they got blown out by the Washington Commanders 26-6. Even though the game had no major importance for the Cowboys, their offensive performance needs to worry them. Prescott was horrible that day against a solid defense (which is comparable to the one of Tampa Bay) throwing his 15th interception of the season.

Everyone in Dallas knows this, which is why coach Mike McCarthy and offensive coordinator Kellen Moore might come up with a different strategy for the MNF game. Rather than letting Prescott try risky passes, they might decide to run the ball more often.

Tom Brady Can’t Win Games on His Own (Or Can He?)

Tom Brady’s having another fantastic season with the Bucs, and many believe he’s going to explode in the postseason. After all, the GOAT always plays his best football in big games. The trouble is that in the MNF game, he’ll need his teammates to do great as well.

With Tom Brady as the quarterback and Mike Evans and Chris Godwin as wide receivers, Tampa’s passing game is bound to be brilliant. Their running game should also be top-notch, considering the form of running back Leonard Fournette. That said, the Bucs really shouldn’t worry too much about their offense. It’s their defense that should worry them.

Tampa’s defensive line will have to put pressure on Prescott to try and force him into another blunder. We think they’re very likely to do so unless the Cowboys switch their focus to running. In that case, the Buccaneers might be in trouble as their run defense isn’t great.

The Bucs defense gave up 120.7 rushing yards per game on average during the regular season, which made them 15th in the league. Plus, in their most recent game, we saw them concede 174.0 rushing yards – the fourth-worst performance of all NFL teams in Week 18. Still, to be fair to Todd Bowles’ men, the game practically had zero importance to them.

Dallas Cowboys vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Prediction

On paper, the Dallas Cowboys are the better team. They got a better roster and have been playing much better football in the 2022-23 season. Still, the Bucs have experience on their side. With Tom Brady as their signal-caller, they always seem to go far in the playoffs. And we think the same will be the case in 2023 as well.

Picks: Tampa Bay Buccaneers to win; under to hit


Jessie is our resident sports specialist with over 4 years of experience in sports journalism. She's worked with several prominent online sports news outlets in the past and has accrued specialist insight across a wide range of sports markets. Combined with her own love and excitement of sports, having competed at a national level during college, she aims to improve sports coverage value for our readers at GamblingNews.


    Cesar Vazquez
    January 12, 2023 at 7:05 pm

    I am from Tampa Florida but tom Brady is shit he think he’s deserved everything he’s already old and Dallas going to kick their asses

    Robb Phillips
    January 13, 2023 at 2:07 am

    Cowboys need to focus the defence on consistent pressure on Brady. It’s been a proven thing that Brady struggles to a level that cost them big games when he is pressured consistently Twice proven none given is the 2 times the NY Giants beet the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII Giants 17 Patriots 14. Then in Super Bowl XLVI Giants 21 Patriots 17 and both games the Giants showed other NFL teams how to stop Brady. However I don’t think many teams paid attention but I the Cowboys realize this and I hope they use this because putting pressure on Brady is what will seal the cowboys to be able to proceed forward in the playoffs

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