Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Dallas Cowboys Prediction, 9/11/2022 NFL Picks, Best Bets & Odds Week 1
Game: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Dallas Cowboys
Date: Sunday, September 11, 2022
Location: AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Cowboys (+1.5)
The Dallas Cowboys (12-5 last year) will take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13-4 last season) at AT&T Stadium on Sunday. Tampa Bay opens this contest as 1.5-point favorites. The over/under is set at 50.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ended the season holding a 13-4 mark. In their last game of last year, the Buccaneers played the Rams and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 30-27. Tom Brady connected on 30/54 with 329 yards passing and 1 touchdown. He had a QB rating of 72.2 and walked away from the game with 1 pick. Leonard Fournette was the rushing leader for the Buccaneers with 13 carries for 51 yds (3.9 yds per carry). Mike Evans had an average of 14.9 yards per catch by earning 119 yds on 8 receptions. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ended up running the ball 14 times and accrued 51 yds, which is an average of 3.6 yards per attempt. When all was said and done, they tallied 71 plays which totaled 359 yds. Tampa Bay allowed 28 pass completions on 38 tries for 355 yards, and a completion rate of 73.7%. When it came to the battle of the line of scrimmage, the Buccaneers conceded 73 yards on 30 attempts, which calculates to 2.4 yds per run surrendered.
When it comes to putting points on the board, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were sitting at 30.1 points per outing. Offensively they averaged 98.4 yards rushing, which ranked them 26th in the NFL. The Buccaneers racked up 6,901 yards in total for last year. Tampa Bay tallied 273 1st downs offensively, and they were called for 97 penalties for 874 yds. They surrendered the ball 19 times (12 picks and 7 fumbles). Tampa Bay compiled 43 touchdowns via the pass and 18 touchdowns via the ground.
Concerning passing yardage, the Buccaneers conceded 4,062 yards which had them sitting in 21st in the league. In their 17 games played, they gave up 238.9 yards per game via the pass in addition to surrendering a completion percentage of 65.4%. They surrendered 331.5 yards per game which ranked them 13th in football. They conceded 26 touchdowns via the pass in addition to 11 touchdowns on the ground. Opposing teams ran for an average of 4.3 yards per rushing attempt and 92.5 yards on the ground per game for the previous year. Overall, they allowed 1,573 yards via the ground game in 17 games. The Buccaneers were sitting in 5th in the NFL when it comes to team defense, conceding 20.8 PPG.
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The Cowboys ended the year having a 12-5 record. When they last stepped on the field last year, the Cowboys went home defeated by a final of 23-17 when they played the 49ers. Dak Prescott (1 touchdown) walked away from the contest with 254 yards on 23/43 passing while his quarterback rate was 69.3. He threw 1 interception and his avg yards per attempt was 5.91 yds. Dalton Schultz was a featured target for the Cowboys, grabbing 7 passes for 89 yds (12.7 yards per catch). Ezekiel Elliott carried the football 12 times for 31 yds, finishing the game with 2.6 yds per carry for Dallas. The Cowboys finished the contest with 307 yds while running 70 plays (4.4 yards per play). Dallas ran the ball for 3.7 yards per carry, totaling 77 yards on 21 attempts. Dallas gave up 38 run attempts for 169 yards (4.4 yds per rush). The Cowboys passing defense gave up a completion rate of 64.0%, relinquishing 172 yds on 16 out of 25 through the air.
The Dallas Cowboys held an average of 407.0 yards per outing which had them sitting 1st in the NFL. They averaged 124.6 yards per game on the ground and ran for 2,119 yards for the season. The Dallas offense racked up 1,103 yds of penalties on 127 infractions, which had them ranked 1st in football in terms of giving up free yards. They threw 11 picks while losing 9 fumbles and they earned 248 first downs. Last year, the Cowboys threw for a total of 4,800 yards through the air in addition to averaging 282.4 throwing yards per outing, which ranked 2nd in the NFL. Regarding this team's ability to score points, the Cowboys were ranked 1st out of all teams in football with an average of 31.2 PPG.
The Cowboys conceded 21.1 points per game, which had them in 7th in the league. Dallas allowed a total of 1,918 rushing yards (112.8 yards/game) in addition to 13 touchdowns via the rush last season. They allowed the opposition 24 touchdowns via the pass and 238.2 yards per game, which put them in 20th out of all teams. The Cowboys defense took the field for 1,082 plays, which had them ranked 20th in the league. Overall, they conceded 358 points in total. Their defense compiled 34 takeaways (8 fumbles recovered and 26 picks) over the course of last season.
Who will win tonight's Buccaneers/Cowboys NFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Buccaneers -1.5
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