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Dallas Cowboys vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Odds
|Dallas Cowboys||+7½ -110||52 -110o||+280|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||-7½ -110||52 -110u||-340|
**Odds as of 09/06**
The National Football League kicks off the 2021 season Thursday night as the Dallas Cowboys travel to Raymond James Stadium to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Early NFL point spreads released by the sportsbook, posted the Buccaneers as 6½-point favorites. Since then, the line blew past the seven-point key number and now sits at 7½. The total for the game keeps notching up, now at 52. Tampa Bay is -340 on the money line, while the upset-seeking Cowboys can be found at +280.
The Cowboys come off a third-place finish last season in the NFC East with their 6-10 record. Still led by head coach Mike McCarthy, Dallas will welcome the return of quarterback Dak Prescott.
Meanwhile, the Buccaneers will celebrate their Super Bowl title in front of their home fans. The Bucs made their way through a wildcard win over Washington last postseason, before beating the New Orleans Saints on the way to defeating the Green Bay Packers for the NFC title. Then, in blow-out fashion, Tampa Bay won Super Bowl LV over Kansas City. The Buccaneers return both head coach Bruce Arians and quarterback Tom Brady for another season behind center.
The Dallas Cowboys will spotlight running back Ezekiel Elliott, who is poised to have a bounce-back season. The first-round draft pick in 2016 is just 26 years old but was slowed down due to injuries a season ago. Elliott has 56 touchdowns in six seasons in the league, but his eight were a career-low last season.
Tom Brady just turned 44 years old but still looks ready for another season. The former Michigan quarterback is a five-time league MVP and won seven Super Bowls. The returning roster is filled with familiar receivers like Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Rob Gronkowski, and Antonio Brown.
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