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Cowboys vs. Buccaneers odds, line, top predictions: NFL Kickoff Game 2021 picks from Dallas expert who’s 27-18

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will begin defense of their Super Bowl title when they face the Dallas Cowboys in the 2021 NFL Kickoff Game on Thursday night. This will be the first time in three years that the teams will have played one another. The Buccaneers, who finished second in the NFC south at 11-5, won their final eight games last year, four of which were in the postseason. The Cowboys went just 6-10 to tie for second with the New York Giants in the NFC East, which saw none of its four teams post winning records.

Kickoff from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., is set for 8:20 p.m. ET. Tampa Bay is an eight-point favorite in the latest Cowboys vs. Buccaneers odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 51.5. Before making any Buccaneers vs. Cowboys picks, make sure to check out the expert NFL predictions from SportsLine NFL expert Emory Hunt.

Hunt is the founder and CEO of Football Gameplan, which has been supplying analysis of all levels of football since 2007, and a former running back at Louisiana-Lafayette. He knows the game from a player’s perspective.

Hunt has had plenty of success in games involving the Cowboys. In fact, he’s on a 27-18 roll on his against-the-spread NFL picks involving Dallas, returning more than $700 to $100 players. Anyone who has followed him is way up.

Now, Hunt has set his sights on Buccaneers vs. Cowboys in the NFL Kickoff Game 2021 and just revealed his NFL expert picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see his picks. Here are several NFL odds and betting trends for Cowboys vs. Bucs:

  • Cowboys vs. Buccaneers spread: Tampa Bay -8
  • Cowboys vs. Buccaneers over-under: 51.5 points
  • Cowboys vs. Buccaneers money line: Dallas +310, Tampa Bay -400
  • DAL: Cowboys are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games as underdogs
  • TB: Over is 8-2 in the Buccaneers’ last 10 games as home favorites

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Why the Buccaneers can cover

Brady continues to defy age and had yet another strong season at age 43. He finished the regular season by completing 401 of 610 passes (65.7 percent) for 4,633 yards, 40 touchdowns with just 12 interceptions. In four postseason games, he completed 81 of 138 passes (58.7 percent) for 1,061 yards and 10 touchdowns. He was intercepted just three times, all coming in the 31-26 NFC Championship Game win at Green Bay.

Brady’s favorite target was wide receiver Mike Evans, who caught 70 passes for 1,006 yards (14.4 average) and 13 touchdowns. Evans had 20 explosive plays of 20 or more yards and converted 55 first downs. He had a pair of touchdown receptions in the playoffs. His most productive game was at Detroit on Dec. 26 with 10 receptions for 181 yards and two touchdowns.

Why the Cowboys can cover

Dallas boasts a solid receiving corps, led by veteran Amari Cooper and second-year standout CeeDee Lamb. Cooper is entering his eighth season, including his fourth with the Cowboys. In 93 career games played, he has 449 receptions for 6,211 yards (13.8 average) and 38 touchdowns. Last season, Cooper led Dallas in receptions, finishing with 92 for 1,114 yards (12.1 average) and five touchdowns.

Lamb was also explosive, notching a team-leading 18 plays of 20 or more yards. He finished the season with 74 receptions for 935 yards (12.6 average) and five touchdowns. His best game was an eight-reception, 124-yard effort against the New York Giants on Oct. 11. In a loss to the Cleveland Browns on Oct. 4, Lamb had five catches for 79 yards, including two scores.

How to make Cowboys vs. Buccaneers picks

Hunt is leaning under on the point total, and he’s also discovered a critical X-factor that has him jumping all over one side of the spread. He’s only sharing that pick and the rest of his NFL expert picks at SportsLine.

So who wins Buccaneers vs. Cowboys? And what critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see Emory Hunt’s Cowboys vs. Buccaneers pick and analysis, all from the NFL expert who’s 27-18 on picks involving Dallas, and find out.

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