The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Dallas Cowboys kick off their 2022 NFL campaign at the AT&T Stadium on NBC’s Sunday Night primetime football broadcast. As ever, we’ll preview this matchup, alongside the current Buccaneers vs Cowboys betting odds and point spreads, nfl week 1.
The Buccaneers are coming off a standout season in which they finished with a 13-4-0 record and clinched the NFC South title. But it ended rather dramatically in the divisional round following a narrow loss to the eventual Super Bowl champions, the Los Angeles Rams.
The Cowboys cruised to the NFC East – or NFC Least (as it is fondly known in some circles) –a title, but crashed and burned in the Wild Card round of the playoffs following a forgettable 23-17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers that left a lot to be desired.
Sunday Night Football, Buccaneers vs Cowboys
SU Betting Preview: Buccaneers -140 vs Cowboys
NFL Week 1 odds tip the visitors as the road favorites across the board. That’s quite the vote of confidence for Tom Brady, 45, and the Bucs. Or is it a vote of no confidence for Prescott and the Cowboys? Dilemma, dilemma.
Brady vs the Cowboys is box office stuff. The ageless wonder has never lost to the Cowboys in his career, so you can bet he’ll be keen to maintain that pristine record when the two franchises kick off their 2022 campaigns in Arlington this weekend. He’s also 2-0 versus Prescott, a run of form that includes last year’s 31-29 win in Week 1 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay.
After a brief retirement, Brady returned to Tampa Bay for likely one last hurrah. Things won’t be the same for the veteran signal-caller as they’ve been over his last two seasons with the Bucs. Most notably, his BFF Rob Gronkowski retired again and Todd Bowles took over the head coaching job from Bruce Arians.
Nevertheless, the Bucs are amongst the top contenders according to the NFL betting markets. There is no shortage of talent and skill on both sides of the ball either.
If there’s one advantage the Bucs have over the Cowboys, then it must be defended. The Bucs defense will have a field day against Prescott and Co. and that could be the deciding factor that delivers the road win here as per the Buccaneers vs Cowboys betting odds.
ATS Betting Preview: Buccaneers -2½ vs Cowboys
Mike McCarthy, who begins his third year as the head coach of the Cowboys, is sitting in one of the hottest seats in the league. That’s according to those that believe Jerry Jones is keen to replace him with Sean Payton.
That pressure follows a declining belief in the Cowboys as they are, helped along by their disastrous playoff performance last season which even Prescott admits haunts him until today. One of the main concerns to come to light on that fateful day was the fact that the defense had flattered to deceive last season.
If those problems follow them into 2022, they’re bound to struggle against Brady and Co in Week 1 and other good teams.
The market for this game initially opened with the Buccaneers as the field goal favorites. That -3 point spread NFL week 1 lines has now dropped by a half-point, increasing the value with the Buccaneers for picks against the spread.
Last year, the Cowboys gave the Bucs a run for their money. But this year, with the defensive-minded Bowles in charge and taking the lessons from the close 31-29 win, don’t be surprised if this game looks slightly different.
Total Betting Preview: Over/Under 51
Brady and the Buccaneers offense can certainly put up the points in a hurry. The same can be said of Prescott and the Cowboys, who pile on the points just as quickly. Case in point, last season’s week 1 showdown between this pair delivered a 60-point thriller at Raymond James Stadium, which the Buccaneers won.
This game could be similarly explosive. But in Todd Bowles’ first game as the head coach, there’s reason to believe the defense will steal the show. The Bucs D-unit is healthy and raring to go.
They should have their way with a fading Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys’ questionable run game. On the flip side, with wide receiver Michael Gallup doubtful and James Washington out until mid-October. Prescot will be limited in his options in the passing game.
The Buccaneers vs Cowboys Betting Odds market installs this game on a relatively high 51-point total. For our money, we’re backing the UNDER 51.Follow us on Twitter