The highway to Tremendous Bowl LVII has begun. The opening spherical of the NFL playoffs has kicked off, and it will now be a mad sprint to Glendale, Arizona in February. Every Tremendous Wild Card Weekend recreation featured a rematch from the common season, marking simply the fifth time this has occurred because the 1970 merger.
That features Cowboys-Buccaneers on Monday evening — the ultimate recreation of the playoffs’ opening week, after we noticed the Giants and Jags pull off upsets, whereas some large favorites survived scares (try our up to date bracket right here, together with a look forward to the divisional spherical).
As we do each week, we have collected all the greatest picks and playing content material from CBSSports.com and SportsLine and put them in a single place, so you will get picks in opposition to the unfold from our CBS Sports activities specialists. There’s just one recreation to go, so let’s bounce in.
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Time/TV: Monday, 8:15 p.m. ET (ESPN), stream on fuboTV (attempt without spending a dime)
Open: Cowboys -3
Featured Sport | Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Dallas Cowboys
Should you’re trying to wager in Cowboys-Bucs, you are greatest served seeing what SportsLine senior analyst Larry Hartstein thinks of the matchup. On prime of getting into the 2022 NFL season 427-344 all-time on NFL facet picks (plus $3,764 for $100 gamers), Hartstein is 15-3 (+1170) on his final 18 picks involving the Cowboys, which means he is uniquely certified to make this choose. We will let you know he is leaning Over on the whole, however to see his choose in opposition to the unfold you may need to go to SportsLine.
“The Cowboys often wait till the postseason to disintegrate, however this yr, it appears they’ve began issues slightly bit early. Dallas misplaced two of its last 4 regular-season video games and massive purpose that occurred is as a result of Dak Prescott has apparently forgotten methods to play soccer.
“Since getting back from his proper thumb harm in Week 7, Prescott simply hasn’t been the identical quarterback and though you’d assume he can be slowly enhancing every week, that merely hasn’t been the case. Since Week 12, Prescott has thrown 11 interceptions, which is greater than some other QB within the NFL over that span.
“Due to these 11 interceptions, Prescott completed tied for the NFL lead with 15 picks on the season, which I am solely mentioning as a result of it makes him the FIRST QB IN NFL HISTORY to overlook at the very least 5 video games and STILL lead the league interceptions. That is up there with “who can eat probably the most tubs of butter in 90 seconds” on the checklist of information you do not ever need to break.
“Mainly, on one facet of this recreation, you have got a quarterback who cannot cease throwing interceptions and on the opposite facet, you have got probably the most profitable NFL quarterback of all-time: Tom Brady. If Brady may have hand-picked his opponent for the wild-card spherical, I am guessing he would have picked the Cowboys and that is primarily as a result of if there’s one crew the Bucs can be extraordinarily assured in beating, it is Dallas. For one, the Buccaneers already beat the Cowboys this season, and two, Brady has NEVER LOST TO THE COWBOYS IN HIS CAREER (7-0).
“Additionally, this recreation is being performed in Tampa Bay, which is notable, as a result of they’ve a grass area in Tampa and Dallas tends to battle on grass for some purpose. The Cowboys have performed 5 video games on grass this season and so they’ve gone 1-4 in these video games. They misplaced to the Eagles, Commanders, Jaguars and Packers, and their solely win got here in opposition to a Titans crew that was compelled to start out a quarterback (Josh Dobbs) who had solely been on the roster for 9 days. Even then, the Cowboys nonetheless had bother placing Tennessee away (The sport was 17-13 within the fourth quarter). From a defensive standpoint, the Cowboys surrendered a median of 27.2 factors of their 5 video games performed on grass. Within the 12 video games that weren’t performed on grass, the Cowboys surrendered simply 17.1 factors per recreation, which is a big 10.1-point distinction.
“On paper, this recreation seems like a mismatch, however Tom Brady does not imagine in paper so I will ignore the expertise disparity and simply go together with the crew that I belief extra proper now and that is the Buccaneers.” — CBS Sports activities NFL author John Breech on why he likes the Bucs to upset the Cowboys, 20-17. To see all of his picks for Tremendous Wild Card Weekend, click on right here.