The Cowboys head into the 2009 NFL betting season as one of the favorites in the NFC while the Bucs are a team that those making a football bet may want to avoid.
NFL betting has Dallas as a six-point favorite with a total of 39. The Cowboys are the football bet favorite even though they are on the road since the Bucs are starting a new quarterback, have a new head coach and a weaker defense.
Raheem Morris is now leading the Bucs as Jon Gruden is no longer the head coach. The Bucs collapsed down the stretch last season in NFL betting and missed the playoffs and it cost Gruden his job. The Bucs will go with Byron Leftwich at quarterback and Cadillac Williams as the starting running back. Look for Derrick Ward and Ernest Graham to get time running the ball as well. Tampa Bay fired offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski last week so who knows how they will perform in this NFL betting matchup.
The Cowboys have most of the same stars they had last NFL betting year when they missed the playoffs although they do not have Terrell Owens anymore. Tony Romo will have to hope that wide receiver Roy Williams is not a bust. The team added linebacker Keith Brooking and they hope to be able to stop the run this NFL betting season. "They're going to try to pound the football, we know that," Brooking said. "Going into any game, defensively, we don't change our approach, regardless if you have weapons on the outside or whatever. You go into the game stopping the run. That's the first thing. All great defenses do that.”
NFL betting numbers have the Cowboys at 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite. They are also 7-2 against the football bet line in their last 9 games in September. The Buccaneers are 6-1 in NFL betting in their last 7 games in September. The Buccaneers are 1-4 in NFL betting in their last 5 home games.
Looking at the NFL betting total we find that the Over is 5-1 in the Cowboys last 6 games in Week 1. The Over is 13-5-2 in the Cowboys last 20 games as a road NFL bet favorite.