On Sunday September 23, 2012, the Dallas Cowboys will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 3 of the National Football League (NFL). The Cowboys are favored by eight points, but I don't agree. Here is my Cowboys pick against the spread for Week 3.
What Have They Done Lately?
The Cowboys are coming off a disappointing effort against the Seattle Seahawks. In that game, the Cowboys looked nothing like the team that stunned the New York Giants the week before. What could go wrong did go wrong for them. The Buccaneers dominated the Giants for three quarters in Week 2, but the Giants came back in the fourth quarter and won the game. I expect the Buccaneers to play very well against the Cowboys. The question is: which Cowboys team will show up this week?
This game will be the Cowboys' home opener. The home crowd will provide some initial energy. But it will be up to the Cowboys to execute on both sides of the ball. That was something they failed to do last week (4 fumbles, 1 interception and 1 punt blocked). The Buccaneers will be looking for turnovers once again this week. Their speedy defense intercepted Giants quarterback Eli Manning three times last week.
The Cowboys will limp into this game. They have five players listed as out on the injury report, including offensive lineman Phil Costa and defensive tackle Jay Ratliff. For the Buccaneers, only defensive back Anthony Gaitor is listed as out.
I don't see how an inconsistent team can be an eight-point favorite against a team that has been playing very well so far. The Cowboys will start the game all fired up. But after the kickoff, it will be up to them to make plays. And the Cowboys haven't shown that they can do that consistently. Head Coach Greg Schiano has the Buccaneers playing well and believing in themselves. They are better than their 1-1 record. I think the Cowboys will win this game, but it will be a close one. The pick: Buccaneers +8; Cowboys 27, Buccaneers 23.
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Edwin Torres has been a fan of the Dallas Cowboys since the days of Tony Dorsett and Roger Staubach. He roots hard for the Cowboys even though he is sandwiched between New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles fans. For more articles, follow him on Twitter @FlipPoker.