Buccaneers vs Cowboys Week 1: If the Dallas Cowboys Expect to Win, Qb Dak Prescott Must Be on the Field

  • An exciting Week 1 Sunday Night Football matchup featuring two talented NFC teams
  • In 2021, the Bucs allowed the least sacks while the Cowboys led the league in offense
  • Watch Bucs vs Cowboys live on Sunday, September 11, 2022, at 8:20 PM ET on NBC

Buccaneers vs Cowboys Odds

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Buccaneers vs Cowboys Odds Point Spread Points Total Money Line
Tampa Bay Buccaneers -2.5 (-110)
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O51 (-110)
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-140
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Dallas Cowboys +2.5 (-110)
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U51 (-110)
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+120
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Buccaneers vs Cowboys Pick

This should be a tight game between two talented squads so take the home team Cowboys and the points and expect this one to stay close.

Cowboys +2.5 (-110)

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Buccaneers vs Cowboys Predictions Dak Prescott

The NFL schedulers have given us an exciting Week 1 Sunday Night Football matchup featuring two talented NFC franchises – the GOAT QB Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and veteran QB Dak Prescott’s Dallas Cowboys facing off in Arlington, Texas for this one.

Last season, the Buccaneer’s QBs threw the most passes in the league and their O-line allowed the least amount of sacks while the Cowboy’s offense led the league in production by averaging over 407 yards per game and 31.2 points every outing, a battle of excellence on a Sunday night.

Both defenses have been upgraded this offseason as the front offices used the draft and free agency to add depth and playmakers, and when healthy each team has its own share of superstars worth betting on, so have a look at these predictions, odds, and picks for that game.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Dallas Cowboys Predictions

Can Bucs GOAT QB Tom Brady Continue to Defy Father Time?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady is 45 years old now – old enough to be most of his teammates’ father – but thanks to great conditioning, genes, and diet his body is holding up and more importantly, his throwing arm has not died yet, a 21-year NFL career filled with accolades.

Of course, the NFL could care less about what a player has done in the past and this game with the Cowboys should be a quick wakeup call for the Bucs and fortunately, Brady has all the top-notch targets he needs out there including Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and TE Cameron Brate.

Brady also has WRs Julio Jones and Anthony Gage now, and when he needs it there is a rushing attack that features Leonard Fournette, Ke’Shawn Vaughn and rookie Rachaad White, a third-round selection that Bucs new HC Todd Bowles hopes can step in sooner rather than later.

Can Cowboys CBs Handle the Talented Buccaneers Receiver Corps?

If the Dallas Cowboys expect to win, QB Dak Prescott must be on the field, and the only way that happens is if his defense can step up and eliminate Brady’s Bucs’ passing attack that can hurt you deeply as well as in the middle of the field, a big job for that secondary on Sunday.

Fortunately, Cowboys DC Dan Quinn has plenty of top notch talent to game plan with including CBs Trevon Diggs and Anthony Brown and safeties Jayron Kearse and Malik Hooker, all solid in pass coverage enough to force Brady to have to target his second and third options all night.

The linebacker corps in Dallas is stellar when healthy, including Micah Parsons and veteran Leighton Vander Esch, but they can only cover those TB playmakers for so long so it will be up to DE Demarcus Lawrence and his D-Line to get after Brady to force him into some bad throws.

Buccaneers Key Player: (WR) Mike Evans

What a bonus it is to have a wide receiver the size of a tight end like Mike Evans, the 6’ 5” 231 pound pass catcher for Tom Brady who has stayed relatively healthy the last two seasons and has posted a 1,000+ receiving season every year that he has been in the NFL since 2014.

In 2021, Evans played in 16 regular season games and caught 74 passes off 114 targets for 1,035 yards and 14 TDs, his connection with his GOAT QB Brady is unmistakable and it will be exciting to watch it evolve further over the course of another season on the field together.

Defending Evans will most likely be Cowboys star CB Trevon Diggs now in his third NFL season, last year leading the league in interceptions with 11 for 142 yards and 2 TDs on top of 21 passes defended and 52 tackles, a 6’ 2” speedster who can disrupt a playmaker like Evans.

Cowboys Key Player: (RB) Ezekiel Elliott

It sure seemed to outsiders that Cowboys star RB Ezekiel Elliott had slowed down a bit, but then a look at his numbers proves that just isn’t true, last year having carried the ball 237 times for 1,002 yards and 10 TDs while catching 47 passes for another 287 yards and 2 TDs.

That undeserved scrutiny is Elliott’s own fault for raising the bar so high in terms of his own production, a career 4.5 yard-per-carry back who averages 7.8 yards per reception who stays relatively healthy throughout the season makes it tough to have himself even one subpar game.

In this matchup with the Bucs, the Cowboys will not have WR Michael Gallup (knee – ACL) and they no longer have star WR Amari Cooper who is now in Cleveland, so QB Dak Prescott will need Elliott to be there as a check down the receiver and a go to runner if Dallas expects to win.

Other NFL Games Happening This Week

Kansas City Chiefs vs Arizona Cardinals

Cleveland Browns vs Carolina Panthers

New England Patriots vs Miami Dolphins

Las Vegas Raiders vs Los Angeles Chargers

How to Watch Buccaneers vs Cowboys

What Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Dallas Cowboys
Where AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas
When Sunday, September 11, 2022; 8:20 PM ET
How to watch NBC

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