Buccaneers vs Cowboys Prediction, Odds & Betting Trends for NFL Week 1 Sunday Night Football Game (Sept 11)
Buccaneers vs Cowboys Week 1 Game Info
Week 1 of the 2022 NFL season includes a showdown between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dallas Cowboys. Another year with Tom Brady under center means that the Buccaneers are, once again, expected to be Super Bowl contenders. A Week 1 victory could silence a lot of doubters who might have questions about Tampa Bay's ageing roster.
Meanwhile, the Cowboys hope to end their 26-year championship drought this season. Their roster is quite similar to last year, meaning the likes of Dak Prescott, CeeDee Lamb and Ezekiel Elliott will be counted on to deliver when it matters this most — especially against a fellow NFC contender in Week 1.
Buccaneers vs Cowboys Odds & Spread
All NFL betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
Moneyline: TB: (-142) | DAL: (+120)
Spread: TB: -2.5 (-110) | DAL: +2.5 (-110)
Total: 50.5 — Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)
Updated (Sunday, Sept. 11, 11:15 a.m. EST): Updated odds were provided from FanDuel Sportsbook. The point spread holds stead at 2.5 points in favor of the Buccaneers, who saw a slight increase in their moneyline figures from -136 to -142.
The Buccaneers enter this contest as the favorite on the moneyline and the spread. This 8:20 p.m. ET clash also features a total of 50.5, which is somewhat high compared to this week's NFL projected totals.
Buccaneers vs Cowboys Prediction & Pick
This is a matchup between two NFC offensive powerhouses, but I think the edge goes to the Buccaneers here. Tampa Bay made some serious offseason improvements to add another championship during the Brady era, whereas Dallas' roster isn't that much better than it was in 2021.
Much like last year's 31-29 victory for the Buccaneers over the Cowboys, I expect this game to be close again. Nevertheless, the offensive depth and superior defense make me like Tampa Bay a bit more, especially with Dallas no longer having Amari Cooper, who had 139 receiving yards and two touchdowns against the Bucs last year.
Final Score Prediction: Buccaneers: 34 | Cowboys: 27
Buccaneers vs Cowboys Betting Trends
- Tampa Bay is 2-7 straight up in its last nine games against Dallas.
- Dallas is 13-5 against the spread (ATS) in its last 18 games.
- The total has hit the under in six of Tampa Bay's last eight games against NFC teams.
- The total has hit the under in five of Dallas' last six games against Tampa Bay.
Buccaneers vs Cowboys Best Bet
Even though this should be a competitive game, I do see the Buccaneers walking out as the victors. Taking Tampa Bay on the moneyline or spread is certainly playable, however, beating Dallas between one and 13 points at +160 is an even better option as far as value is concerned.
Bet: Buccaneers Win by 1-13 Points (+160)
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