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Fans First Week 3: "Fantasy, ATS, O/U, ML... You Name It" Thread

Shuffle Up And Deal, Mr. Romo.
Shuffle Up And Deal, Mr. Romo.

The Cowboys finally get their first early game kickoff of the 2012 season. After spending the first two weeks of the young campaign working the traveling salesman circuit, Dallas finally returns to Arlington (wait, what?) to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and reported bully, head coach Greg Schiano.

Dallas opened the week as a 7-point favorite and that line has shifted to -8 over the course of the week. Dallas has covered the spread in the last three matchups between the teams; 10/26/08 - @Dallas (-1.5) wins by 4, 9/13/09 - @Tampa (-5.5) wins by 13, 12/17/11 @Tampa (-7) wins by 16.

Early in 2012, Tampa is 2-0 ATS while Dallas is 1-1 in two road games. Dallas has been under the total in both of it's games in '12, while Tampa has split; under at home and over on the road.

There's no secret about it, the Dallas offense has had very little problem moving the ball against Tampa over their last few meetings. They've averaged 121.3 yards rushing per game in the last four matchups, while Tony Romo has amassed passer ratings of 148.9, 140.6, and 133.9.

With the Bucs giving up over 400 yards of passing on average for the first two game, one should rightfully expect the Cowboys to have a successful day on offense.

Meanwhile, Dallas' defense has been pretty stingy against the pass; giving up on average 182 yards and only one score to opposing quarterbacks. Another game like that, and Dallas fans should be able to feel extremely confident in the offseason strategy of making major moves to acquire Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne. The defense/ST isn't doing much to produce fantasy points so far this season, however.

Follow the jump to see rankings of Cowboys and Bucs players, via as well as ATS, O/U and ML info courtesy of the Las Vegas Hilton (via with my weekly prognostications.

CBS Week 3 Rankings Bucs Avg Rank Cowboys Avg Rank
Quarterback J Freeman 26 Tony Romo 7
Running Back Doug Martin 13 DeMarco Murray 5
RB 2 LeGarrette Blount 57
Wide Receiver Vincent Jackson 33 Miles Austin 13
WR 2 Mike Williams 41 Dez Bryant 23
TE Dallas Clark 25 Jason Witten 11
Defense/ST D/ST 30 D/ST 10
K Connor Barth 21 Dan Bailey 5


MATCHUP Kickoff Underdog Line Favorite O/U S/U ATS O/U
New York @ Carolina T820p Giants PANTHERS 47 PANTHERS PANTHERS Under
St. Louis @ Chicago 1p Rams 7 BEARS 43 BEARS BEARS Over
Tampa Bay @ DALLAS 1p Bucs 8 COWBOYS 46 COWBOYS Bucs Over
San Francisco @ Minnesota 1p VIKINGS 6.5 49ers 42.5 49ers 49ers under
Detroit @ Tennessee 1p TITANS 4 Lions 47.5 Lions TITANS Under
Cincinnati @ Washington 1p Bengals 3 REDSKINS 50 REDSKINS REDSKINS Over
NY Jets @ Miami 1p DOLPHINS 2.5 Jets 41 DOLPHINS DOLPHINS Under
Kansas City @ New Orleans 1p Chiefs 8.5 SAINTS 53 SAINTS Chiefs Under
Buffalo @ Cleveland 1p BROWNS 3 Bills 44 Bills Bills Under
Jacksonville @ Indianoplis 1p Jaguars 3 COLTS 43 COLTS COLTS Over
Philadelphia @ Arizona 405p CARDINALS 3 Eagles 42 CARDINALS CARDINALS Under
Atlanta @ San Diego 405p Falcons 3 CHARGERS 48 CHARGERS CHARGERS Over
Houston @ Denver 425p BRONCOS 1.5 Texans 44 Texans Texans Under
Pittsburgh @ Oakland 425p RAIDERS 3.5 Steelers 45.5 Steelers Raiders Under
New England @ Baltimore 830p Patriots 2.5 RAVENS 50 Patriots Patriots Over
Green Bay @ Seattle M835p SEAHAWKS 3 Packers 45 Packers Packers Under
Week 2 10-6 7-9 10-6
Season Total 21-11 16-16 19-13

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