Thursday Night Football (01:15 Friday UK time) sees the Tennessee Titans return home to the Nissan Stadium for a clash against the Dallas Cowboys.
The Titans are currently on a five-game losing streak, dropping below .500 with a 19-14 loss to the Houston Texans last Saturday, while the Cowboys got back to winning ways, upsetting the Philadelphia Eagles 40-34.
Tennessee remain in second place in the AFC South with a record of 7-8, and they enter this game with their fate tied entirely to a Week 18 showdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The winner of that game earns the AFC South title and a playoff spot regardless of how either team performs this coming week.
Meanwhile, Dallas are 11-4 for the season, and are also currently second in the NFC East. The Cowboys are aiming to keep their hopes of securing the division alive with a victory here, and also hoping Philadelphia lose out to New Orleans.
If San Francisco and Minnesota each go 1-1 over their final two games, Dallas would capture the top seed in the NFC and earn an improbable first-round bye.
Cowboys @ Titans Betting Tips
For the Titans, Ryan Tannehill missed their game last week with an ankle sprain, Terrance Mitchell is dealing with a hamstring strain, Kristian Fulton has a sore groin and Dylan Cole also sustained an ankle injury.
Sam Williams is questionable for the Cowboys for encounter due to a concussion and neck strain, while Leighton Vander Esch could also be sidelined with a neck issue. Jayron Kearse continues to struggle with shoulder/back problems and Noah Brown saw limited action versus Philadelphia because of a foot injury.
Dallas Cowboys (-10.5) Handicap @ 20/21
Dallas have already sealed their place in the postseason, but as I’ve mentioned above, they can make a run at the NFC East title and the top seed in the conference if everything trickles out just right in the final two weeks of the schedule.
Dallas have won seven of their last nine contests, with both losses coming in overtime on road. The Cowboys have scored an average of 36 points during that nine-game span, recording 40 or more on four occasions, while allowing 22.8 per contest, which is why I fancy them to cover the spread here.
Tennessee’s defense is decimated with injuries, playing with a paper-thin secondary and now potentially missing key bodies in the front seven, so I can’t see Dallas having too many issues in finding the end zone.
In addition, Dallas have been the most prolific offense in the league since Dak Prescott returned from his thumb injury, so I think backing the Cowboys to cover the spread has decent value.
Ezekiel Elliott – Anytime Touchdown Scorer @ EVS
Ezekiel Elliott has found the end zone in eight straight games and has scored a total of 10 rushing touchdowns since Week 6, so at even money he’s a great shout to score a touchdown anytime.
Elliott’s power has been the go-to weapon of choice for the Cowboys when creeping up on the end zone, as he has 34 carries and 36 touches overall inside the red zone.
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