New York Giants fans are still in bliss coming off a win Saturday at Minnesota but there is still one game left before all attention turns to the divisional showdown in Philadelphia. The rival Dallas Cowboys will be taking on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night for the right to play San Francisco.
The Cowboys will look to avenge a 19-3 loss to the Buccaneers that opened their regular season. Dak Prescott was knocked out of that game with a hand injury that sidelined the quarterback for a month. Prescott since returning has 14 interceptions in 11 games and will try to get right against Tampa Bay’s defense that is tied with the sixth-fewest interceptions on the season with 10. With a stingy run Buccaneers run defense, Dak Prescott might need to be relied on more to win this game and make three out of the four teams in the divisional round NFC East teams.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the only team in the postseason with a losing record but Tom Brady has plenty of experience to make the Buccaneers a dangerous team come the postseason. The Buccaneers have allowed the fewest sacks all season and the offensive line will play a crucial role in Tampa Bay advancing into the next round. Micah Parsons is one of the game’s premier defensive players and has helped the Cowboys finish third in sacks on the season. Historically the way to disrupt Tom Brady and his offenses has been to get consistent quick pressure without having to blitz and Dallas is one of the best in the league at being able to do just that. During the Buccaneer’s Super Bowl run they got a tremendous postseason out of running back Leonard Fournette. Getting playoff Lenny back against a premier pass rush will be one of the keys for Tampa Bay to advance this week.
How to watch
What: Dallas Cowboys (12-5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-9)
When: Monday, Jan. 16
Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.
Game time: 8:15 p.m. ET
Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Lisa Salters (field reporter)
Radio: National Radio: Westwood One; Sirius channels: 81 (Cowboys), 83 (Buccaneers), 88 (National); XM channels: 226 (Cowboys), 225 (Buccaneers), 88 (National)
Online streaming: Fubo | NFL Game Pass (Free trial)
DraftKings Sportsbook Odds: Cowboys -3.0
Referee: Craig Wrolstad