The Tampa Bay Buccaneers begin defense of their Super Bowl championship when they host the Dallas Cowboys in the 2021 NFL Kickoff Game on Thursday. Kickoff from Raymond James Stadium is set for 8:20 p.m. ET. Tampa Bay is a nine-point favorite and the over-under for total points scored is 52 in the latest Cowboys vs. Buccaneers odds from Caesars Sportsbook.
Dallas is hoping to bounce back from a disappointing 2020 season in which it lost seven of its first nine games en route to a 6-10 record. Dak Prescott missed the team's final 11 contests due to an ankle injury and did not play this preseason as he recovered from a shoulder strain he suffered in July, but is expected to be under center against Tampa Bay.
Tampa Bay lost three of its final four games before its bye week last season but was unstoppable upon its return, winning its last four regular-season contests before posting four postseason victories, including a 31-9 triumph over Kansas City in Super Bowl 55. The Buccaneers return all 22 of their starters from the Super Bowl.
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