When the clock reads noon this Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys (10-3) will go toe-to-toe with the Jacksonville Jaguars (5-8) at TIAA Bank Field. In this game, the Cowboys will be looking for two things.
- Their fifth-straight victory since dropping a game to the Green Bay Packers in Week 10.
- Back-to-back playoff berths, as they would clinch a spot in the postseason with a win on Sunday — and return to the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the 2006 and 2007 years.
While the record of the Jaguars could foreshadow this as a walk-in-the-park victory for the Boys, I wouldn't jump to conclusions so quickly. Despite the Jags being three games under .500, quarterback Trevor Lawrence has been on a tear lately.
The former number-one pick has looked different in his sophomore year, and the Cowboys can't overlook his talent and production. Despite Lawrence, the Boys arguably outmatch the Jags in talent.
Check out below how you can watch and listen to this game — but also be sure to scroll to the bottom to check out my “elite” fantasy takes.
Date: Sunday, Dec. 18 | Time: Noon
Location: TIAA Bank Field (Jacksonville, Florida)
TV: FOX | Stream: NFL+ & FuboTV
Broadcast Crew: Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Erin Andrews, Tom Rinaldi
Radio: KRLD-FM 105.3 The Fan in Dallas/Fort Worth
All-Time Series: Cowboys lead 4-3, with their last victory coming in 2018.
Randon Fun Fact: Statistically speaking, Lawrence has performed better than Dak Prescott this season. And before every fan gets mad that I'm pitting the two against each other, I understand Prescott was hurt — so it's unfair to compare. However, Lawrence and Prescott are both solid quarterbacks, so it should be great to watch them battle each other for the first time.
Caesars Sportsbook: O/U is 48. The line is DAL -4.0.
ESPN Matchup Predictor: DAL is favored to win with a 76.4% chance. JAX has a 23.4% chance. And there is a 0.2% chance that they finish in a tie.
ESPN Pick Center: DAL ML: -210/ Spread: -4 | JAX ML: +175/ Spread: +4
Rocky's Odds of the Week: I'm taking DAL, but I won't be surprised if it's close. The Jaguars are young and hungry. I'm hoping the Boys aren't overlooking them, as the team has to know about their Christmas Eve matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles next week.
Rocky's Fantasy Plays
Cowboys: The whole damn Cowboys offense.
From everywhere I have seen, many expect this to be a close game. In the past, when people saw the Jaguars, they were seen as a laughing joke. However, with Lawrence as the guy in Jacksonville, that young team will be special in the future.
Now to get my point, the Jags are young, and the Cowboys are more of the veteran team. There isn't any reason they shouldn't be able to score on the Jags. But don't be surprised if we see a shootout on our hands.
Jaguars: QB Trevor Lawrence, RB Travis Etienne, and WR Christian Kirk.
It feels like my fantasy take is the same as above, but these three are the ones I trust the most. T-Law has been on a tear lately, as he has scored 20-plus FP in his last three of four games. Play him.
And to finish with Etienne and Kirk, those two have been Lawrence's favorite targets at the RB and WR positions. They are bound to find the ball.