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Mims picks Thursday Night Football: The NFL season kicks off with Brady and Bucs vs Prescott and Cowboys

The defending Super Bowl champs are home and favored by 8.5.

The NFL Thursday Night Football Game has the Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers playing the Dallas Cowboys. The numbers are Bucs -8.5 and total 51.5. The money line is Tampa Bay -440 and Dallas +340. Tampa is the home team. The Bucs are looking to be the 1st team to repeat as Super Bowl Champions since 2005 when the Patriots, also led by Tom Brady, did so.

The Cowboys are welcoming Dak Prescott back after his season ending injury last year. He was having an exceptional year before going down in the 5th game of the 2020 campaign. The Cowboys lost 7 of their next 11 games.

Prop Bets

Total Match Touchdowns is set at 5.5. Over is set at -140 while the price of the under is -120. I am leaning over.

Prescott under 24.5 completions. His price is +109. I am going under. Ronald Jones over 48.5 is set at -115. The over is the play for Mr. Jones. Brady over 306.5 yards with a price of -115. Brady does it easily against a poor Cowboys defense.

Coaching Match Up: Bruce Arians gets the edge over Mike McCarthy.

Not a lot to go with because of the reduction of preseason to 3 games. Not sold on the Cowboys defense. They were ranked 28th last year. The last time Brady won a Super Bowl with New England, he defeated the Texans by 14 in his home opener. Expect the same against the 'Boys. Bucs cover and game goes over.

Look for my preview of the Monday Night Game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Las Vegas Raiders right here at Bettors Insider.

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