Week 1 of the NFL season kicks off tonight on Thursday Night Football, with the Dallas Cowboys vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers. NFL betting odds are heavily favoring the reigning champions, but could the return of Dak Prescott bring the spark Dallas needs to start their season right? The following Cowboys vs. Buccaneers NFL betting picks preview will provide the current odds, betting trends and best NFL bets for the Week 1 Thursday Night Football matchup.
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Cowboys vs. Buccaneers Game Info
The Cowboys are already a man down to start the season, with Zack Martin out for COVID. While this is not a loss that will dominate headlines, it should. Martin is arguably the best player on the Dallas offensive line. With this unit facing Ndamukong Suh and Vita Vea on the interior defensive line for Tampa, this is a massive loss. They do, however, return Prescott behind center, and he is surrounded by one of the most talented skill position groups in the NFL. On the defensive side, the Cowboys added a few solid playmakers. However, it remains to be seen how much it improves the unit. They will need to get pressure on Tom Brady quickly since the secondary is still not strong enough to win by themselves.
Strangely enough, this is the first true home Tampa crowd that this version of the Buccaneers will play for. Expect it to be a rowdy atmosphere, and the crowd’s energy will be injected into the players. Tampa looks to be the clear top team in the league after returning all 22 starters from the Super Bowl team. Antonio Brown is reportedly looking much improved, and he is the third wide receiver. The defense has a stout front seven, with playmakers in the secondary behind them. Top to bottom, this may be the most talented roster in the league.
Cowboys vs. Buccaneers Betting NFL Picks + NFL Odds Shopping | Thursday Night Football
Using Awesemo’s OddsShopper tool, we can easily compare the NFL odds for Cowboys vs. Buccaneers betting across the major sports books. The odds expressed are from 10 a.m. EST on Sept. 9, so make sure to check out the OddsShopper tool yourself to get the most up-to-date odds.
Cowboys vs. Buccaneers NFL Betting Trends
- Dallas went 5-11 against the spread last season.
- The total hit the over in nine of Dallas’ 16 games last season.
- Tampa Bay went 12-8 against the spread last season.
- The total hit the over in 11 of Tampa Bay’s 20 games last season.
- Tampa Bay went 6-3 against the spread at home last season.
Cowboys vs. Buccaneers Betting Stats
- Dallas averaged 24.7 points per game last season (No. 17 in the NFL).
- Dallas surrendered 29.6 points per game last season (No. 28 in the NFL).
- Tampa Bay averaged 30.8 points per game last season (No. 2 in the NFL).
- Tampa Bay surrendered 21.6 points per game last season (No. 7 in the NFL).
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