Free Week 1 Prediction: Cowboys vs Buccaneers NFL Odds
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NFL Handicapping Analysis: Week 1
(0-0) Dallas Cowboys vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-0)
Date: Thursday, September 9th, 2021
Time: 8:20 PM
Venue: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, FL
NFL Week 1 ATS Betting Lines: Dallas +7.5 | Tampa Bay -7.5
NFL Week 1 Moneyline Odds: Dallas +210 | Tampa -263
NFL Week 1 NFL Betting Total: O/U 51.5
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The NFL is back, Folks. The defending Super Bowl Champions will be hosting the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday for a highly anticipated matchup.
Both of these teams come into 2021 with Super Bowl hopes.
This is the first real game being played at Raymond James Stadium since the Bucs hoisted the Lombardi Trophy.
Big surprise, lots of folks are picking the Cowboys to have a good year. People can say whatever they want, but the reality is, Dallas has to prove that they can be a contender after having a disappointing 2020 campaign.
The Cowboys will be tested big time when they take on the champs in week 1. They will have to play nearly flawless football to walk away with a victory on the road here.
An obvious boost to their offense is having quarterback Dak Prescott back healthy after suffering a compound right ankle fracture and dislocation. With prescott gone last year, the Cowboys only scored 21 points per game.
A year ago, their defense was dreadful, but there is optimism on that side of the ball for this year. They have a new defensive coordinator, Dan Quinn. They surely will be challenged in the first game when going against this potent Bucs offense.
It will be interesting to see how coach Mike McCarthy does in year 2 with Dallas.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The defending Super Bowl Champions come into this season looking to repeat. They feel they have a good shot as they return all their starters.
Clearly Vegas thinks high of the Buccaneers as they are the second betting favorite to win the Super Bowl and they set their win total at 11.5.
For as good as the offense was last year, it took time to develop. I would not be surprised if they look even crisper on offense in year 2 with Tom Brady as their quarterback.
Some key weapons that Brady has at his disposable include Ronald Jones, Rob Gronkowski, Mike Evans, and Chris Godwin. Who knows what this side of the ball can achieve in 2021.
The defense was very good for them in 2021 and it seemed to come together more as the year went on. They really proved how talented they were when the Chiefs could only muster 9 points against them in the Super Bowl. They will be tested a lot when going against this powerful Dallas offense.
NFL Betting Trends:
- Cowboys are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games overall.
- Cowboys are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games in week 1.
- Cowboys are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 Thursday games.
- Cowboys are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games.
- Buccaneers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games.
- Buccaneers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
- Buccaneer are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. the NFC.
- Buccaneers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games on grass.
- Cowboys are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 meetings head to head.
4* Free Week 1 NFL Betting Prediction: Tampa Bay -7.5.
Ideally, I would have liked to get this number when it started off at 6.5, but I still like the Bucs laying 7 plus the hook. Given how bad the Dallas defense is, I do not expect the Buccaneers to have much trouble scoring. With Prescott just coming back, I do not feel great that the Cowboys will score a lot of points. I can see Tampa Bay getting into a groove and not letting up. I get that it is a high spread given the 2 teams, but give me Tampa here.
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