Cowboys vs Titans odds and prediction for Thursday Night Football (Cowboys are huge favorites)
By Jerry Trotta
The Dallas Cowboys spoiled the holiday weekend for Eagles fans by rallying from two separate double-digit deficits to defeat their rivals. Though a win-of-the-year candidate, the Cowboys won’t have any time to celebrate, as they face a quick turnaround against a free-falling Titans squad in Week 17.
Dallas couldn’t catch Tennessee at a better time. After starting the year 7-3 on a beeline to another AFC South title, Mike Vrabel’s side has inexplicably lost five in a row; opening the door for Jacksonville to claim the division crown.
While Christmas Eve was a success for the Cowboys, it marked the lowest point of the Titans’ once-promising season, as they lost to the previously one-win Texans at home. With Ryan Tannehill (ankle) out for the rest of the regular season, rookie Malik Willis has been thrust into the starting role.
Clearly not ready to start in the NFL, Willis went 14-of-23 for 99 yards with two interceptions, while averaging just 4.3 yards per attempt.
Suffice it to say the Cowboys should take care of business in primetime. Let’s see if the early betting odds reflect that.
Cowboys vs Titans odds for Week 17 Thursday Night Football
FanDuel’s initial betting odds have the Cowboys as -9.5 road favorites. Pretty clear what Vegas thinks of these two teams. Dallas has -110 odds to cover the spread, and -450 odds to win outright on the moneyline. No sense betting the latter unless you throw it into a big parlay, which we don’t recommend. The Titans are also -110 to cover, but are +350 on the moneyline. Enticing odds, but at what cost?
The over/under for Thursday night checks in at 44.5 points. Pretty high given Tennessee’s averaged 15.2 points over its last five games. You can get both the over and under at -110 odds, so bet $110 to net a $100 return.
Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.
Cowboys vs Titans prediction for Week 17 Thursday Night Football
The Cowboys couldn’t have drawn up a better matchup. Temporary or not, they seem to have rectified their struggles against the run after limiting Miles Sanders to just 3.1 yards per attempt on Christmas Eve.
The big issue with Dallas’ defense right now is against the pass (Gardner Minshew threw for 355 and 2 TDs), and Malik Willis is the league’s lest efficient QB. For the season, the fifth-round pick is completing 50.8 percent of his passes (61 attempts) for 276 yards, zero touchdowns, and three picks, while averaging 4.5 YPA.
Dallas hasn’t been nearly as good on the road compared to playing at home, but there’s a reason they’re nearly double-digit favorites. Like Jacksonville, this has trap game written all over it, but we expect the Cowboys to get the job done after their character-building comeback against the Eagles.
Prediction: Cowboys 27, Titans 17.