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Dallas Cowboys at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Predictions & Tips – Bucs To Cover In Season Opener

  • Dallas Cowboys at Tampa Bay Buccaneers tips for Thursday, September 9
  • Matchup gets underway at 01:20 BST (Friday) at Raymond James Stadium
  • Tampa Bay are defending Super Bowl champions
  • Bucs kickoff season as home favourites vs Dallas
  • Preview, stats & head-to-head
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Leigh Copson 09 Sep 2021
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Dallas Cowboys at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Predictions


Tampa Bay can make a winning start to their defense of the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

The Bucs have returned all 22 starters and that means they are loaded on both sides of the football.

They should have too much for Dallas here. Tampa Bay can cover in their season opener.

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers were 9-7 against the spread in the 2020 regular season (6th in the league)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers were 3-1 against the spread in the playoffs last season
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers were 5-3 against the spread at home in 2020
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers ranked #7 in total yards gained in 2020 (6,145)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers ranked #3 in total points in 2020 (492)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers ranked #3 in average points per game in 2020 (30.8)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers ranked #5 in total yards allowed in 2020 (5,234)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers ranked #8 in total points allowed in 2020 (355)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers ranked #8 in average points allowed per game in 2020 (22.2)

Head To Head


  • Dallas Cowboys lead the all-time series 15-4
  • Dallas Cowboys won the last meeting 27-20 in December 2018
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the last home meeting 10-6 in November 2015

Dallas Cowboys Form


Dallas finished the 2020 season with a 6-10 record and were hammered by injuries throughout.

The most notable injury was suffered back starting quarterback Dak Prescott in Week 5.

Their first losing season since 2015 was confirmed in Week 13 when they were beaten 34-17 by Baltimore.

The Cowboys were 5-11 against the spread, failing to cover in their first eight games of the season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Form


Tampa Bay went 11-5 in the 2020 regular season and went on to beat Kansas City in the Super Bowl.

They dropped three games at home in the regular season but lifted the Vince Lombardi Trophy at Raymond James Stadium.

They had the sixth best record in the league against the spread during the regular season (9-7).

In the playoffs they covered in wins over New Orleans, Green Bay and Kansas City.

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Verdict

Dallas should be a much improved team in 2020 if they can avoid crippling injuries.

However, they may not be good enough to knock off the defending champs. Tampa can cover.

Best Bet: Tampa Bay -7.5 Spread $1.90 at Ladbrokes Australia - 2 Units
Value Bet: Tampa Bay & +51.5 Moneyline & Total Points $2.43 at Neds - 1 Unit
Touchdown Scorer: Mike Evans Anytime Touchdown Scorer $2.00 at Bookmaker - 1 Unit

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