Although key receivers on both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dallas Cowboys are dealing with injuries heading into the start of the regular season, don’t be surprised to see footballs flying through the air in this nationally televised game on Sunday night football odds. Tampa Bay and Dallas finished first and second in the NFL in passing yards per game a season ago and the teams will continue to have a passing fancy in 2022.
Dallas will look a little different with receiver Amari Cooper now a member of the Cleveland Browns, while Tampa Bay is hoping to get good news on its receivers and offensive linemen heading into the game. This will be the debut for Todd Bowles as the head coach for the Buccaneers after the retirement of Bruce Arians.
The NFL odds list Tampa Bay (-275) as the favorite to win the NFC South title for the second season in a row while the Cowboys (+145) are currently tied with the Philadelphia Eagles for the best odds to win the NFC East crown.
Tampa Bay (+750) and Dallas (+2000 are first and fifth among NFC teams in the odds to win the Super Bowl.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
It has been a painful offseason for Tampa Bay with center Ryan Jensen going down with an injury. He has not been alone so there are some questions on offense. Tampa Bay traded for offensive lineman Shaq Mason and signed veteran receiver Julio Jones.
Top notes from Todd Bowles presser:
– Jamel Dean will start at corner opposite Carlton Davis vs. Cowboys
– Rookie Luke Goedeke will start at LG on Sunday
– Team Captains: Tom Brady, Mike Evans, Lavonte David, Devin White, Vita Vea. (1 for special teams added at later date)
— Brianna Dix (@briannadixNFL) September 5, 2022
Tampa Bay is looking for another strong start after winning six of its first seven games a season ago and that included a season-opening win over Dallas.
Winning in the regular season has not been the issue for the Dallas Cowboys. It is when the playoffs start when things get away from a talented Dallas team.
The 2022 opener will be an interesting challenge with Tampa Bay coming to town on SNF odds. With multiple offensive linemen from the Buccaneers dealing with injuries, could that be a chance for reigning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Micah Parsons to get acquainted with future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady?
When Dallas was at its best, the Cowboys had one of the best offensive lines in football. The Cowboys are rebuilding the line, and facing a talented defensive front of the Buccaneers could make for an intriguing game within the game.
Buccaneers vs Cowboys Injury Report
Plenty of eyes will be on Tampa Bay’s top receivers. Mike Evans (hamstring) and Chris Godwin (knee) are probable while Russell Gage (hamstring) is questionable.
Also, offensive linemen Robert Hainsey (ankle), Nick Leverett (shoulder), and Tristan Wirfs (oblique) are probable. Safeties Keanu Neal (arm) and Logan Ryan (hamstring) are questionable. Jensen (knee) is out indefinitely and there is a chance he could miss the entire 2022 season.
For Dallas, defensive back Kelvin Joseph is facing a possible suspension and it is uncertain if he will be on the field for the season opener. Defensive back Jourdan Lewis (hamstring) is questionable. Receiver Michael Gallup (knee) is doubtful, receiver James Washington (foot) is not expected back until mid-October and offensive lineman Tyron Smith (knee) may not make his season debut until December.
Buccaneers vs Cowboys Head-to-Head
After Dallas defeated Tampa Bay Buccaneers five consecutive times, the teams have split the last four meetings with each time winning twice at home.
In the most recent meeting, Ryan Succop kicked a 36-yard field goal with 2 seconds left to play to give Tampa Bay the 31-29 win. Dallas took the lead on a field goal with 1;25 remaining but did cover as a nine-point underdog.
Five of the last six games between the teams went under the total while the Buccaneers are 3-1-1 against the NFL picks in the last five meetings.
Buccaneers vs Cowboys Game Information
- 2021 records: Buccaneers 13-4 vs Cowboys 12-5
- Date: Sunday, Sept. 11
- Time: 8:20 p.m. Sept. 11, ET
- Location: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
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Buccaneers vs Cowboys Betting Lines
Buccaneers vs Cowboys Prediction
The visiting Buccaneers enter the game as a slight favorite according to the sportsbook. It will be worth monitoring the injury reports coming into the game. If one of Tampa Bay’s starting receivers or offensive linemen can’t go, that could change the line.
The teams will have a hard time topping last year’s meeting when there were two go-ahead field goals in the final 90 seconds. It won’t be a surprise to see this one come down to the wire.
With Dallas playing at home and the injury questions looming for the Buccaneers, it makes sense to go with the Cowboys in this one. The total of 51 seems a bit on the low side.
Something to consider for those who bet online, Tampa Bay has won 14 of its last 17 road games. However, the Buccaneers have failed to cover in the last five times they played Dallas on the road.
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