To cap off the first Sunday of NFL Football, this week we have Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers heading west to Dallas to take on Dak Prescott and the Cowboys in a rematch of last season’s opener for both teams. Tampa Bay is , with a total of in current Bucs Cowboys odds.
The Bucs are looking to get what could be their last run with Brady underway with a win on Sunday Night Football, while the Cowboys are looking to bounce back from a 1st round Playoff exit with a hot start to 2022, and we have everything you need to know about this Sunday Night Football heavyweight matchup.
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Why the Buccaneers can cover the spread
While Todd Bowles didn’t wow in his time as the Head Coach of the New York Jets, it’s hard to argue that the Buccaneers don’t have the coaching advantage in this matchup, with Mike McCarthy’s penchant for making bad decisions always looming over any Cowboys game.
On the field, the Cowboys have issues all over their offensive line, with Tyron Smith out indefinitely and La’el Collins being cut over the summer. If the Bucs can dominate the line, they’ll be able to stop the run and force the Cowboys into a ton of 3rd and longs.
Why The Cowboys can cover the spread
Any argument for the Cowboys has to start with their ferocious pass rush, with Micah Parsons and Demarcus Lawrence making an elite tandem, being able to get at Brady and create havoc. With 3/5s of the Bucs Offensive Line from 2021 gone and them having to defend a mostly immobile quarterback, Dallas should be able to get pressure.
It’s also fair to be worried about what Brady we’ll be getting, with him having missed part of training camp for what has been alluded to as personal reasons amidst reports of marital drama, and he’s 45. Yes, he was great last year, but with the options after Mike Evans being Julio Jones and Scotty Miller, he doesn’t have the weapons he had last year.
Reasons to bet the over
If these two offences can get the ball out quickly, both do have a star wideout who can make plays happen for them in Mike Evans and CeeDee Lamb. If one or both of them can break a big play, then this over looks in a lot better shape.
The other reason for optimism would be the chance of a short field or two – with a lot of pressure likely, either a sack fumble or a badly thrown ball could give the teams chances to score quickly.
Reasons to bet the under
Both teams have lost a ton of talent on the offensive lines, meaning that Prescott and Brady will be keeping their passes short, which will limit opportunity for quick strikes. When points are scored, it’ll be long, methodical drives that take a long time to happen.
Throw in the concerns around Brady’s age and the tendency of the Cowboys to run the ball way too much with Ezekiel Elliott, and you get what could easily turn into a bit of a slugfest between two teams with big names at the Quarterback position and not much else going for them offensively.
Buccaneers vs. Cowboys Props: Matchups To Watch For
Dak Prescott Rushing Yards: Over/Under () – With the ferocious Tampa pass rush and the week Cowboys O-Line, Dak is going to have to run to salvage some plays if the Cowboys offence is going to be able to string together enough points to win.
Leonard Fournette Receptions: Over/Under () – With Bernard questionable to play, Fournette projects for a decent share of the backfield snaps on passing downs, and we know Brady loses quick hitting passes in the face of a strong pass rush, especially to running backs.
Cameron Brate Anytime TD – We know Brady loses his tight ends, and Brate was a highly touted player in college, so it would make sense that Brady goes back to his usual MO, especially if the chances of long touchdowns are likely down due to Brady not having much time to let big plays develop.
It’s likely this game will hover between TB -2.5 and -3 in Bucs Cowboys odds, which is likely the range it will stay in unless Chris Godwin is announced as playing (which looks unlikely as of Friday). The Under seems very compelling, given these two offensive lines look to be weakpoints, especially with the Bucs not having a mobile Quarterback to bail them out.
If McCarthy lets Kellen Moore actually call a good game offensively, then Dallas should have a real chance here, but trusting Mike McCarthy to do smart strategic things is not always sensible.
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