If you look at the current playoff standings, you will see a few teams in there that would be considered a surprise given their expectations prior to the start of the season. What that means is that you also have a few teams on the outside looking in that were considered to be playoff locks heading into the 2017 NFL season. Some of those teams are going to miss out this time around, and we have what amounts to an elimination game on tap on Sunday afternoon. The Seattle Seahawks and Dallas Cowboys were both heavily favored to go to the playoffs this year, but both are sitting at 8-6, and both are currently below the playoff line. A win here will certainly not be enough to secure either team a spot in the postseason, but a loss is a certain elimination, which is why this one is up there among the best match-ups on the schedule for Week 16. The Cowboys will be looking to use home field to their advantage, and come into this one as a 5-point favorites in the week 16 NFL lines, with the point total set at 47 ½.

Seattle Seahawks vs Dallas Cowboys Week 16 NFL Lines & Game Info

When: Sunday, December 24 at 4:25 PM EST
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington
Stream: fuboTV
NFL Odds:
Cowboys -5

Why bet on the Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks have been one of the most consistent teams in the league during the Carroll/Wilson era, but things are going seriously wrong this season. The Seahawks have not looked good over the past two weeks, and have been outmatched by two of the best teams in the league. Last weekend was particularly galling, with Seattle getting pounded 42-7 by the LA Rams on their own turf. Seattle has made their home field a fortress over the past few years, which is why it was so surprising to see them get manhandled by the visiting Rams in Week 15. Mathematically, the Seahawks can still catch the Rams and win the West, but that is just not going to happen. Seattle needs to focus on the Wild Card, and that begins by staying alive with a win this weekend. Seattle has won 4 of their last 5 on the road, but are just 3-7-1 ATS in their last 10 road outings.

Seattle Seahawks NFL Week 16

Why bet on the Dallas Cowboys

It wasn’t so very long ago that some serious questions were being asked of this Cowboys team, much like what is happening with Seattle right now. The doubters have been somewhat silenced, as the Cowboys have now reeled off 3-straight wins to get themselves right back into the playoff hunt. The bigger news here, though, is that Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension is now over, and he will be back in uniform and ready to go for this one. This is sure to serve as a huge boost for Dallas, but you do have to wonder how effective Elliott will be after serving such a lengthy suspension. The fact that the Seahawks are going to have to key on him should help Dak Prescott and the Cowboys passing game. Dallas is 6-3 SU in their last 9, and have gone 10-5 SU in their last 15 home game. Dallas is also 7-2 ATS in their last 9 meetings with Seattle.

Dallas Cowboys

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

While Dallas has been dominant ATS against the Seahawks, it is Seattle who has won the last 2 meetings. The Cowboys are the team with all the momentum right now, though, and I like them to win and cover, with the point total going UNDER.

Predicted Score: Seattle Seahawks 17 Dallas Cowboys