Cowboys vs Buccaneers Prediction & Pick – Week 1
- The Buccaneers defense surrendered just 22.2 points per game last season
- The Cowboys defense gave up 158.8 rushing yards per game last year
- Cowboys vs Buccaneers Prediction: the last five contests between these two teams have hit the under
The 2021 NFL season gets underway on Thursday night as the Dallas Cowboys travel to take on the defending champions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. For our Cowboys vs Buccaneers prediction, we can note that both teams are coming into the season with high expectations of reaching the playoffs.
In Tampa Bay’s mind, it is reaching a second consecutive Super Bowl, however. The Cowboys are coming off a very disappointing season which saw them miss the playoffs at 6-10.
Betting Odds & Lines for This Game
- Spread: Cowboys +7.5 (-110) Buccaneers -7.5 (-110)
- MoneyLine: Cowboys +280 Buccaneers -360
- Total: Over 51.5 (-110) Under 51.5 (-110)
*All odds listed are courtesy of PointsBet. (or FanDuel/DraftKings)
Cowboys vs Buccaneers Prediction: Spread
The spread right now is at -7.5 in favor of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I expect some people to come in and move that down to seven points with some betting action on the Dallas Cowboys. For now, I think that is a very good line to bet on Tampa Bay to cover. Tampa Bay has an excellent defense and has the ability to shut down the Dallas offense, specifically the run game.
Free Prediction: Tampa Bay -7.5
Cowboys vs Buccaneers Prediction: MoneyLine
The Buccaneers look like they are in the driver’s seat for this football game. They were one of the top defenses in the league last season, and the Cowboys struggled on offense. A lot of that was due to Dak Prescott getting injured early in the season, and even though he is back, there might be some rust to knock off. The Buccaneers have three guys who you could say are #1 wideouts, so the Buccaneers’ offense should get off to a quick start.
Free Prediction: Buccaneers -360
Cowboys vs Buccaneers Prediction: Total
Each of the last five times that these teams have met, they have hit the under. With this being the first game of the year for both teams, I think that they will play a pretty vanilla game. The Cowboys might struggle a bit offensively with the running game, and the Buccaneers should be able to hold them in check defensively. I am looking for these two teams to keep the scoring low to not show future opponents much of their offense.
Free Prediction: Under 51.5
I am taking the under on rushing yards for Ezekiel Elliott this week. With some absences on the line for the Cowboys and the Buccaneers rush defense being one of the top in the league, I do not think that Elliott gets to 76 yards this week. Devin White led the league in tackles last year with 140 on the year. With that fact, I think White is a lock to reach seven tackles this week against a depleted Cowboys offensive line.
Free Predictions: Ezekiel Elliott under 76.5 rushing yards, Devin White over 6.5 tackles