Buccaneers-Cowboys Week 1 Odds: Thursday Night Football picks, predictions, betting preview
The 2021 NFL regular season kicks off on Thursday, September 9 as the reigning Super Bowl champions take on “America’s Team,” and BetRivers is here to provide the Buccaneers-Cowboys Week 1 odds, picks, predictions and the latest lines, props and teasers. Tom Brady and the Buccaneers take on Dak Prescott and the Cowboys at 8:20 p.m. ET on Thursday night, and the Buccaneers-Cowboys Week 1 odds have changed frequently throughout the last week.
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BUCCANEERS-COWBOYS WEEK 1 ODDS:
DALLAS COWBOYS at TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
DATE/TIME: Thursday, Sept. 9, 8:20 p.m.
MONEYLINE: Buccaneers -420ML, Cowboys +330 ML
SPREAD: Buccaneers -9
OVER/UNDER: 51.5 points
Super Bowl LVI is five months away and it’s in Southern California. The first step to Los Angeles begins on Thursday when the defending champion, Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosts the Dallas Cowboys.
There is a lot to digest in this first game as the Buccaneers begin their defense of the title. Can you name the last team to win back-to-back championships? Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, albeit 15 years ago.
Winning back-to-back championships is extremely hard and if you watched any of my videos, you’ll know I’m fading the Buccaneers this season. I don’t think they’ll be a bad team by any stretch, but I don’t think they’ll just cruise to the division title and back to the championship.
That said, The Bucs return every single member of the starting units that destroyed the Kansas City Chiefs in last season’s Super Bowl, and Dallas will be without their best offensive lineman, Zack Martin after a positive Covid test.
Dallas does have Dak Prescott back and healthy which will obviously be a huge boost.
So where do we stand from a betting perspective? Well, it’s important to note that the line has changed several times in the days and weeks leading up to the season-opener. The Buccaneers opened -6.5, and got as high as -9, hitting every spot along the way. If you’re a moneyline bettor, the number has changed even more, with the Buccaneers opening -295 ML and climbing all the way to -375, before hovering in between -335 and -385. The Bucs moved to -420 around 2 p.m. on Thursday. If you’re on the Cowboys, the number has gone from +235 to +330, with several stops in between.
The public is currently on the Buccaneers moneyline with 91% of the handle and 79% of bets. The public is also on the Buccaneers to cover, with 72% of the spread handle and 71% of the spread bets. Bettors are the over as well, backed by 59% of the O/U handle and 60% of O/U bets.
With a healthy Dak under center, the Cowboys have a plethora of weapons. Whether they fall behind early (which is likely) and make a furious comeback or whether they go toe to toe, I think Dallas moves the ball in this game. Both teams are built to pass and neither will go down without swinging.
I think the Cowboys will give the Buccaneers all they can handle with lots of points scored on both sides when it’s all said done. I’m betting on the OVER 51.5.
As for the line, eight points is too rich for me. If forced to bet, I’m on the Cowboys at +8.
If you think Tampa wins this one (I do), I’m advising you to make it one part of a teaser. Tease Tampa to -2 and the Indianapolis Colts up to +8.5
So where am I putting my money?
- OVER 51.5
- Tom Brady OVER 2.5 TD passes (+148)
- Teaser: Tampa -2 / Indianapolis +8.5