Dallas Cowboys vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Prediction, 9/9/2021 NFL Pick, Tips and Odds, Week 1
Game: Dallas Cowboys vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Date: Thursday, September 9, 2021
Location: Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Buccaneers (-6)
The Dallas Cowboys (6-10-0 last year) are on their way to Raymond James Stadium on Thursday where they will try to defeat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-5-0 last season). Tampa Bay opens this game as 6-point favorites. The over/under is set at 52.
The Dallas Cowboys ended the season having a 6-10-0 mark. In their last game, the Cowboys faced the Giants and went home with a loss by a final score of 23-19. Andy Dalton went 29/47 with 244 yards passing. He had a QB rating of 66.3 and finished the contest with 1 pick. Ezekiel Elliott was the leader on the ground for the Cowboys with 14 carries for 42 yards (3.0 yards per carry). Dalton Schultz held an average of 10.0 yds per catch by totaling 70 yards on 7 catches. The Dallas Cowboys ran the rock 27 different times and accounted for 108 yards, earning them an average of 4.0 yds per carry. When the final whistle blew, they ran 80 plays which gave them 307 yds. Dallas allowed 17 pass completions on 25 attempts for 211 yards, and a completion percentage of 68.0%. In the running game, the Cowboys conceded 125 yards on 28 attempts, which averages out to 4.5 yds per run surrendered.
In terms of putting points on the board, the Dallas Cowboys had an average of 24.7 points per game. As a team they maintained an average of 111.8 yards on the ground, ranking this team 17th in the National Football League. The Cowboys tallied 5,949 total yards for the prior year. Dallas earned 25 passing touchdowns and 14 touchdowns on the ground. Dallas amassed 231 1st downs as a team, and they were called for 96 penalties for 849 yds. They surrendered the ball 26 times (13 interceptions and 13 fumbles lost).
The Cowboys ranked 28th in the league regarding the opposition scoring, allowing 29.6 points per game. The opposition ran for 5.0 yards per rush and 158.8 yards on the ground per game last year. Over the course of last year, they allowed 2,541 yards via the running game in 16 outings. When it comes to passing yardage, the Cowboys allowed 3,642 yards which ranked them 11th in the NFL. Over the course of their 16 games played last season, they allowed 227.6 yards per outing via the pass and allowed a completion percentage of 63.9%. They relinquished 34 touchdowns through the air and 20 touchdowns on the ground. They granted 386.4 yards per game which ranked them 23rd in the league.
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The Buccaneers finished the season with a 11-5-0 record. For their last game, the Buccaneers got the win with a final of 31-9 when they faced the Chiefs. Leonard Fournette ran the football 16 times for 89 yards, finishing the contest with 5.6 yds per carry for Tampa Bay. Rob Gronkowski was one of the featured targets for the Buccaneers, catching 6 passes for 67 yards (11.2 yds per catch). Tom Brady (3 touchdowns) finished the game with 201 yds on 21/29 through the air while his QB rate was 125.8. He didn't toss any picks and his longest pass completion went for 31 yards. Tampa Bay conceded 17 attempts on the ground for 107 yards (6.3 yards per rush). The Buccaneers secondary conceded a completion percentage of 53.1%, surrendering 243 yds on 26 for 49 passing. The Buccaneers finished the game with 340 yds while they ran 63 plays (5.4 yds per play). Tampa Bay rushed the football for 4.4 yards per tote, totaling 145 yards on 33 attempts.
When it comes to how much they scored, the Buccaneers had a ranking of 3rd in football holding an average of 30.8 points per game. Last season, the Buccaneers compiled 4,626 yards through the air not to mention averaging 289.1 passing yards per game, putting them at 2nd in the league. They averaged 94.9 yards per game via the rush and ran for 1,519 yards for the season. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers averaged 384.1 yards/game which ranked them 7th in the league. The Tampa Bay offense totaled 715 yds of penalties on 84 violations, ranking them 21st in the NFL in terms of helping out the other team. They threw 12 picks while allowing opponents to recover 5 fumbles and they tallied 238 1st downs.
Tampa Bay yielded a total of 1,289 yards rushing (80.6 yards per game) in addition to 10 touchdowns by ground throughout last season. Their defense had 25 turnovers (10 fumbles recovered and 15 interceptions) for the prior year. They surrendered 29 touchdowns from the passing game as well as 246.6 yards/game, which had them ranked 21st in football. The Buccaneers defense participated in 1,023 plays, which ranked them 16th in the league. Overall, they gave up 355 total points. The Buccaneers allowed 22.2 points per game, which had them in 8th of all teams in the league.
Who will win tonight's Cowboys/Buccaneers NFL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Cowboys +6
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