NFL Odds: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Host Dallas Cowboys in Season Kickoff

The defending champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers will kickstart the 2021-22 NFL season on Thursday when they host the Dallas Cowboys at Raymond James Stadium. Game time is at 8:20 PM ET. The Bucs are laying eight points on the spread, and the total is set at 52 points.

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All 22 starters from the Bucs’ champion-winning roster are returning, and QB Tom Brady should have an easier start this year, now that he’s familiar with the team. He also underwent knee surgery to repair a torn ACL that plagued him last season. The Bucs went 1-2 in the preseason, losing the games run by their backup QBs, and winning the one game with Brady at the helm. Tampa Bay heads into the regular season with just one starter who’s questionable for Week 1: FS Jordan Whitehead (hamstring).

The Cowboys will see the return of QB Dak Prescott, who missed the majority of last season after having a strong start, passing for more yards than any other QB in Week 2 and 4. He was a full participant in the team’s practice on Monday. The Cowboys went 0-4 in the preseason with their mix of backup QBs. FB Sewo Olonilu (neck) is still on the IR after missing the preseason, and RG Zack Martin was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list after testing positive for the virus.

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