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Dallas Cowboys At Tampa Bay Bucs:

  • Thursday, Sept. 9: 8:20 p.m. ET

Dallas Cowboys

All the news about the Dallas Cowboys could not be better. Ezekiel Elliot is a man on a mission, Dak Prescott is ready and raring to go, and the offensive line is healthy and still one of the better ones in the NFL. On the offensive side of the ball, they should give the Buccaneers a good fight.

But it is hard to say the same about the defense. While replacing defensive coordinator Mike Nolan with Dan Quinn is a step in the right direction, the Cowboys did not improve their personnel. Yes, Quinn was the architect behind the ‘Legion of Boom,’ but he had a lot of talent to work with in Seattle.

That is not the case in Dallas. He will get the most out of the guys he has, but it may be foolish to expect much from this unit.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

With both starting units coming back, the Buccaneers did not need to do much in the offseason. They did acquire some depth via the draft, but they did nothing regarding personnel other than that.

As the defending champs, you can say they do not need to. But fans should be careful about expecting too much too soon from the Buccaneers. While they ended the season clicking on all cylinders, that does not mean they will pick up where they left off once the 2021 season starts.

They will not take as long to get on track this season with training camp and an actual preseason, but it may be foolhardy to think they will pick up where they left off.

Full Sportsbook Odds for Cowboys At Buccaneers

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Betting Recommendation

Most people are not expecting this game to be too close, but they are likely hoping the Buccaneers from the Super Bowl show up as well as the Dallas team that redefined ‘struggle bus’ last season. Dallas is not going to be that bad, and Tampa Bay will not be that good.

However, the smart money is still on the Buccaneers to win. But if you think the Cowboys can keep it close, you might want to wait before placing a bet. The public has been getting behind the Buccaneers (about 70 percent of the handle and bets). 

There is a good chance sportsbooks will adjust the spread to encourage more betting on the Cowboys.

Take the Buccaneers against the moneyline. But wait until the spread increases to a touchdown before taking the Cowboys and the points.

About the Author

Travis Pulver

Travis Pulver is a lifelong football fan, something he says comes naturally having been born in the football-crazy state of Texas. Through the years, his love of sports has extended into baseball, basketball, golf, and rugby. Life currently finds him in Indiana with his wife and two kids.

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