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Opening odds for Week 1 Cowboys vs. Buccaneers on Sunday Night Football

The first Sunday Night Football matchup features Tom Brady vs. Dak Prescott. We break down the opening odds

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) calls a play against the Dallas Cowboys during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL released their full schedule Thursday, May 12 at 8:00 PM EST. As it’s no surprise, there are some exciting matchups for Week 1 to get the season started. One of those matchups is a rematch from last season’s opening game between the Cowboys and Buccaneers.

After winning the NFC East division in 2021, the Cowboys seemed to have taken a step back this offseason. They lost Amari Cooper in a trade with the Browns and Randy Gregory as he elected to sign with the Broncos over the Cowboys in free agency. Expect the Cowboys to struggle a bit more this season.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got great news when they found out Tom Brady would be coming back for another season just a few weeks after retiring. With that, Bruce Arians also moved into a front office role and the Buccaneers promoted Todd Bowles to head coach. While they lost a few pieces to their offensive line, they acquired Shaq Mason who is a proven guard. That will be an upgrade for their offensive line and he has some chemistry with Brady.

Cowboys vs. Buccaneers odds

Point spread: Buccaneers -2.5
Point total: 51.5
Moneyline: Buccaneers -135, Cowboys +115

Early pick: Buccaneers -2.5

In what could be Tom Brady’s last season, the Buccaneers need to go out on top. It all starts in Week 1 with a weaker Cowboys team than usual. This one will likely be a high scoring game, but I don't expect the Cowboys to be able to keep pace with the Bucs. Look for the Buccaneers to pull away late and win by 2+ scores.

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