Picks for the NFL Kickoff Game in 2021 from a top expert with a 27-18 record in the league. Cowboys vs. Buccaneers odds, line, and predictions
Cowboys vs. Buccaneers odds – When the Dallas Cowboys take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2021 NFL Kickoff Game on Thursday, Sept. 9, both teams have high expectations and will look to get off to a fast start. Following a 6-10 finish in the NFC East in 2020 that tied them for second with the New York Giants, the Dallas Cowboys are hoping to make the postseason for the first time since 2018. It will be the first time since a four-year stretch from 1999 to 2002 that the Buccaneers have attempted to reach the playoffs in consecutive seasons. The Buccaneers finished second in the NFC South last season but won the Super Bowl. It was in 2007 and 2008 that they had their last two winning seasons.
The game is scheduled to begin at 8:20 p.m. ET from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. According to the most recent Cowboys vs. Buccaneers odds from Caesars Sportsbook, Tampa Bay is a 7.5-point favorite, with the over/under for total points scored set at 51.5 points. Before making any Buccaneers vs. Cowboys predictions, be sure to check out Emory Hunt’s expert NFL predictions, which can be found on SportsLine.
In addition to being the founder and CEO of Football Gameplan, which has been providing analysis to teams at all levels of football since 2007, Hunt was a running back for Louisiana-Lafayette in his previous life. He understands the game from the perspective of a player.
Hunt has had a lot of success in games involving the Cowboys in his career. According to his NFL picks against the spread for games involving Dallas, he has a 27-18 record, with more than $700 in profit for $100 bettors. Anyone who has followed him has a leg up on the competition.
For his next NFL Kickoff Game in 2021, Hunt has set his sights on the Buccaneers versus the Cowboys. He has just released his NFL expert picks and predictions for the game. You can check out his predictions right now on SportsLine. Here are a few NFL betting trends and odds for the Cowboys vs. Buccaneers matchup:
- The Buccaneers are favored by 7.5 points in the Cowboys vs. Buccaneers game.
The over/under for the Cowboys vs. Buccaneers is 51.5 points.
The money line for the Cowboys vs. the Buccaneers is Dallas +310 and Tampa Bay -400.
DAL: In their last five games as underdogs, the Cowboys have gone 4-1 against the spread.
TB: The Buccaneers’ last ten games as home favorites have resulted in an 8-2 record.
Why the Buccaneers are capable of covering
As good as Tampa Bay’s offense was, the Buccaneers’ defense was a major reason for the team’s postseason run in the following season. Tampa Bay had the sixth-best defense in the league, allowing 327.1 yards per game, which was the sixth-best mark in the league. Defensive lineman Devin White led the Buccaneers in tackles with 140, with 97 of those coming as solos. He had nine sacks for 70 yards and 18 tackles for loss, as well as four pass breakups, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery in his first season. White had 15 tackles, nine of which were solo, in the NFC Championship Game victory over Green Bay, which ended in a 31-26 victory. In Super Bowl LV, he added another 12 tackles, including eight solo stops.
Carlton Davis, the cornerback, is another key member of the defense. With 68 tackles, 52 of which were solo, he was among the team’s leaders in tackles. He also had a team-high 18 pass breakups and four interceptions. Against Washington in the NFC wild-card playoffs, he recorded nine tackles, which tied a season high, and he added seven more against Green Bay in the NFC Championship. With the Buccaneers for three seasons, Davis has totaled 168 tackles, including 142 solo stops, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and five interceptions, as well as two fumble recoveries.
Why the Cowboys are capable of covering
In addition to two of the best wide receivers in the league, Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb, the Cowboys’ offense boasts a number of other weapons. 92 receptions for 1,114 yards (12.1 average) and five touchdowns helped Cooper to the Cowboys’ receiving title in 2020. Cooper also had 13 explosive plays of 20 yards or more, and he converted 54 of his 54 first down opportunities. His best performance came in a 49-38 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Oct. 4, when he hauled in 12 passes for 134 yards and one touchdown.
With 74 receptions for 935 yards (12.6 average) and five touchdowns, Lamb finished second on the team in his first season. Lamb is in his second season. He led the team with 18 explosive plays and converted 46 first downs, which put him in first place. In the 37-34 victory over the New York Giants on Oct. 11, he had his most productive game to date. In that game, he caught eight passes for a total of 124 yards on 11 targets (15.5 average). He had five receptions for 79 yards against the Browns a week earlier, but two of those receptions were for touchdowns.
Picks for the Cowboys vs. Buccaneers and how to make them
As far as the point total is concerned, Hunt is leaning under, and he’s also discovered an important X-factor that has him jumping all over one side of the spread. He’s only going to share that pick, as well as the rest of his NFL expert picks, with SportsLine readers.