8:20 pm
September 11

Buccaneers @ Cowboys

Who will WIN this matchup?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-0)

@ Dallas Cowboys (0-0)


Current odds:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: (-140)

Dallas Cowboys: (+118)


The spread for the game is Tampa Bay by 2.5 points.

The Buccaneers lost center Ryan Jensen to a knee injury in training camp, while left guard Ali Marpet unexpectedly retired and right guard Alex Cappa signed with the Cincinnati Bengals in free agency. Shaq Mason, Brady’s former teammate with the Patriots, is the new right guard. Rookie second-round pick Luke Goedeke is at left guard and 2021 third-rounder Robert Hainsey will be making his first NFL start at center, while right tackle Tristan Wirfs and left tackle Donovan Smith return from last season.

Brady is 6-0 in his career against Cowboys, including the Thursday night season opener last year in Tampa. He led the Bucs to a 31-29 win and went on to lead the NFL with a career-high 5,316 yards and 43 touchdown passes. Last season’s meeting was an air war as Brady finished 32 of 50 for 379 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions, while Dallas’ Dak Prescott completed 42 of 58 throws for 403 yards with three scores and one interception. Ryan Succop capped Brady’s game-winning drive by hitting a 36-yard field goal with two seconds left.

Prescott finished last season with 4,449 passing yards and a franchise-record 37 touchdown passes. Prescott’s offensive line has also come under some scrutiny due to a torn hamstring sustained by eight-time Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith. Rookie first-round pick Tyler Smith moved to left tackle after spending most of training camp at left guard. Dallas signed a 40-year-old insurance policy, nine-time Pro Bowler Jason Peters, to the practice squad.

Cowboys cornerback Jourdan Lewis (hamstring) returned to a full practice on Friday, but wide receiver Michael Gallup (knee) was ruled out for Sunday’s game. The Cowboys also added safety Jayron Kearse to Friday’s injury report after he sat out practice because of a neck ailment.

StreakSmarter Pick
Tampa Bay Buccaneers