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NFL Buccaneers at Cowboys Preview: Start Time, Odds and Free Pick

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The Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will meet at Cowboys Stadium today as each team looks to push to the 2-1 mark for the season (1:00pm ET start time, FOX). Buccaneers at Cowboys Odds are favoring Dallas to prevail in said goal as it is presently listed as a - 8 against the spread favorite and a -370 money line play ($370 wins $100). Tampa Bay is drawing +305 odds to win outright while the game total is set at 46 points.

The Cowboys stint as the darlings of the NFL last about nine days as they followed up their surprising week one upset of the Giants with a de-spurring at Seattle. The Seahawks pulled out a can on Tony Romo and company, handing them a 27-7 loss.

Just as Dallas was over praised after beating New York, rumors of its demise following its setback in Seattle are greatly exaggerated. The Pokes found themselves in an unenviable spot last Sunday, playing against a team and a defense that is better than most know, and they were on the road after opening on the road, which is a difficult position for any NFL team.

Obviously the odds makers as well as the betting public see Dallas rebounding today, hence the eight point spread. The question most are asking is this: does Tampa Bay have another trick up its sleeve?

The Buccaneers topped Carolina 16-10 in week one as a two point home dog and they nearly pulled off a road upset against the Giants last weekend before earning a push on the seven point spread (lost 34-41). Tampa Bay owned a 27-13 lead on New York at one point in the third quarter, but Eli Manning abused the Bucs’ secondary in the second half as Greg Schiano’s squad ended up allowing 604 total yards and 510 passing yards for the game.

Tampa Bay can probably expect Romo and his talented group of offensive cohorts to attempt the same thing today.

Free Pick: Take the Cowboys to win but the Bucs to cover the +8. Tampa Bay is 8-2 against the spread in its last 10 games as a road dog with a total between 44.5 and 47 points, but it is also 0-10 straight up in its last 10 as a road dog with a spread between 8 and 10.5 points.

Buccaneers at Cowboys Preview and Odds:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers +8 (-110), Over 46 (-110), +305 (Moneyline)

Dallas Cowboys -8 (-110), Under 46 (-110), -370 (Moneyline)

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