The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will begin their quest for their second Super Bowl in three years on Monday night when they take on the Dallas Cowboys in the Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs.
For one Buccaneer, a trip to Arizona would be a little extra special. Back up running back Rachaad White played his college football at Arizona State before being drafted by the Buccaneers in the third round of this past year’s NFL Draft. White played for the Sun Devils in 2020 and 2021, totaling 1,426 yards and 20 touchdowns on 224 carries. In his final season in Tempe, White rushed for over 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns on his way to second-team All-Pac-12 honors. He also spent time at Nebraska-Kearney and Mt. San Antonio College before arriving in Tempe.
The Buccaneers this season:
It’s been an unusual season for a Tom Brady led team, the Buccaneers this season went 8-9 overall in their first year under head coach Tom Bowles. But despite the losing record in the postseason, the Buccaneers still found a way to win the NFC South.
After getting off to a 2-0 start this season with wins over the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints, the Buccaneers would go onto lose five of their next six games with their only winning in the time period coming over the Atlanta Falcons. They would try to find their footing in November winning three of four games but would struggle down the stretch losing three of their last five games.
How Rachaad White has performed this season:
It’s been a quality year for White as he’s rushed for 481 yards and one touchdown on 129 carries. For most of the season, White served as a backup running back but saw a strong stretch of action towards the end of the season as the Buccaneers dealt with injuries and poor performance. From November 13 through January 1, White totaled 87 carries over a seven-game stretch, totaling 349 yards. His best game of the season came on November 13 against the Seattle Seahawks as he put together his first career game of 100+ rushing yards, rushing for 105 yards on 22 carries. White also showed the ability to be a weapon in the receiving game with 58 receptions for 290 yards and two touchdowns on the season.
Early in the season, in a 41-31 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, the Arizona State alum recorded five receptions for 50 yards. It was his season high but he also had games of nine receptions for 45 yards against the Cleveland Browns and eight receptions for 41 yards against the New Orleans Saints later in the season.
In Monday night’s Wild Card game against the Cowboys, White is expected to be the Buccaneers second string running back only behind veteran Leonard Fournette. Those behind White include Ke’Shawn Vaughn and Giovani Bernard.
Cowboys vs Buccaneers what to know:
For Monday night’s showdown between the Cowboys and Buccaneers, the Cowboys are currently a 2.5-point favorite after opening as a three-point favorite over the Bucs. The Cowboys are currently a money line favorite of -142 with the Buccaneers an underdog at +120. The over/under for the game is currently set at 45.5. Bet on the Cowboys vs Buccaneers and the rest of the NFL playoffs on Caesars Sportsbook Arizona!
This season the Cowboys are 10-7 against the spread which is middle of the pack across the league while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the worst team this season against the spread with a miserable 4-12-1 record.
When it comes to futures betting, the Cowboys are currently a consensus +700 to win the NFC and +1700 to win the Super Bowl while the Buccaneers are +847 to win the NFC +1800 to win the Super Bowl.
The Buccaneers this season at home have struggled going 4-4 straight up and 1-6-1 against the spread. The Cowboys, on the other hand, are 4-4 both straight up and against the spread when on the road.
In their previous meeting, in the season opener, it was the Cowboys defense that shined, keeping the Cowboys to just 244 yards of total offense. In that game, the Buccaneers were able to run the ball well on the ground, totaling 152 rushing yards on 33 carries. White had a small role in the win, with six carries for 14 yards and two receptions for seven yards.
The Cowboys and Buccaneers are set to kickoff at 5:15 PT with the game televised on ESPN and ABC.
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