Sunday Night Football Odds

Buccaneers vs. Cowboys for Week 1 SNF Opener

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The first Sunday of NFL regular-season action comes our way on Sept. 11. The afternoon lineup is jam-packed with 13 games, while the day will wind down with the Sunday Night Football opener. Two of the NFC’s best will do battle in Texas as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hit the road to face off with the Dallas Cowboys.

These two squads also hooked up during Week 1 last year, and the end result was an instant classic. In a perfect world, another one is on the way. Here’s a look at the opening odds for Buccaneers vs. Cowboys this season and a peek at the rest of this year’s SNF slate.

Sunday Night Football opening odds

The Buccaneers are the current favorite to win the NFC this season, while the Cowboys are among the teams following close behind. Early lines have Tampa Bay as less than a field goal road favorite in a game that could see a good deal of scoring. Here are the latest odds for Week 1 SNF.

SNF Week 1 odds and lines: Buccaneers vs. Cowboys

  • Point spread: Buccaneers -1.5 (-110)
  • Point total: 51 (Over -105/Under -115)
  • Moneyline: Buccaneers -125, Cowboys +105

After a very brief retirement, Tom Brady is back to lead the way for Tampa Bay once again. That change of heart helped to elevate the Buccaneers back into the ranks of contenders. Scoring points is unlikely to be an issue, while the defense has some great pieces in place. Heading into Week 1, the Bucs are the team to beat in the NFC.

Down in Dallas, last season came to a disappointing end with a home loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the playoffs. The Cowboys’ offense was tops in yards and points per game a season ago, and the team had its share of moments on defense. Dallas is a slight favorite to win the NFC East and could very well relish its home underdog status for Week 1.

Last updated: Aug. 11, 2022

NFL Sunday Night Football schedule 2022

The Sunday Night Football schedule is reserved for marquee affairs. On paper, it certainly looks as if we have plenty of them on tap. NBC has the flexibility to add even more interesting matchups later in the season as necessary. Here’s what’s in store:

WeekDateMatchupTime (ET)Broadcast
1Sept. 11Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Dallas Cowboys8:20 p.m.NBC
2Sept. 18Chicago Bears @ Green Bay Packers8:20 p.m.NBC
3Sept. 25San Francisco 49ers @ Denver Broncos8:20 p.m.NBC
4Oct. 2Kansas City Chiefs @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers8:20 p.m.NBC
5Oct. 9Cincinnati Bengals @ Baltimore Ravens8:20 p.m.NBC
6Oct. 16Dallas Cowboys @ Philadelphia Eagles8:20 p.m.NBC
7Oct. 23Pittsburgh Steelers @ Miami Dolphins8:20 p.m.NBC
8Oct. 30Green Bay Packers @ Buffalo Bills8:20 p.m.NBC
9Nov. 6Tennessee Titans @ Kansas City Chiefs8:20 p.m.NBC
10Nov. 13Los Angeles Chargers @ San Francisco 49ers8:20 p.m.NBC
11Nov. 20Cincinnati Bengals @ Pittsburgh Steelers8:20 p.m.NBC
12Nov. 27Green Bay Packers @ Philadelphia Eagles8:20 p.m.NBC
13Dec. 4Indianapolis Colts @ Dallas Cowboys8:20 p.m.NBC
14Dec. 11Kansas City Chiefs @ Denver Broncos8:20 p.m.NBC
15Dec. 18New England Patriots @ Las Vegas Raiders8:20 p.m.NBC
16Dec. 25Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Arizona Cardinals8:20 p.m.NBC
17Jan. 1Los Angeles Rams @ Los Angeles Chargers8:20 p.m.NBC
18Jan. 8TBD8:20 p.m.NBC

Sunday Night Football props

Buccaneers Super Bowl Odds
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Sunday Night Football is one of the marquee games of the weekly NFL slate. The main NFL betting lines always see lots of action, but there are a number of other ways to wager. One of the most popular options for standalone primetime games is player props:

  • TD scorers: Anytime, first, last, multiple
  • Yardage props: Over/under on QB, RB, WR and TE totals
  • Player totals: Attempts, completions, INTs, receptions, longest plays
  • Defense and special teams: Sacks, tackles, INTs, PATs, FGs, etc.

There are also props available on either of the teams and the game as a whole. You have plenty of options to check out here, as well, including the total points by each side, whether the game will go to overtime and much more.

Sportsbooks will unveil props for the Buccaneers vs. Cowboys as we get closer to game day. As we look ahead to what should be a stellar kickoff for Sunday Night Football, here are some notes to keep in mind for both sides.

  • Buccaneers: Tampa Bay averaged 30.1 points and 405.9 yards per game last year while allowing 20.8 and 331.5.
  • Tom Brady: A season ago, Brady threw for an average of 312.7 yards per game while tossing 43 TDs vs. 12 picks on the season.
  • Leonard Fournette: The RB averaged 58.2 yards on the ground last year and another 32.4 via the air while scoring 10 total TDs.
  • Mike Evans: One of the top targets in the passing game, Evans had 74 receptions for 1,035 YDs and 14 TDs last year.
  • Cowboys: Dallas averaged 31.2 points and 407.0 yards per game last season while giving up an average of 21.1 and 351.0.
  • Dak Prescott: Last season, Prescott fueled the potent Cowboys offensive attack with 4,449 YDs and 37 TDs.
  • Ezekiel Elliott: It was a slightly down year for Elliott, but he still averaged 58.9 yards per game on the ground and 16.9 receiving while scoring 12 total TDs.
  • CeeDee Lamb: The young wideout projects to be the top receiver in Dallas this season. He had 79 receptions for 1,102 YDs and six TDs last season.

Other ways to bet on Sunday Night Football

In addition to the above, there are other ways to get in on the Sunday Night Football action throughout the season. Here are some popular options:

  • Same-game parlays: These bets let you take your chances at even greater returns. For same-game parlays, you add multiple picks to the same slip, such as a spread plus a total and a prop, with the odds based on your choices. If all of your picks are correct, you win, but a single wrong pick means the whole parlay loses.
  • In-play betting: Once Sunday Night Football kicks off, the betting doesn’t have to stop. Live betting means you can bet right along as the action plays out on the field. The odds and lines will shift frequently and quickly, with plenty of options throughout the game. This includes new spreads, totals, props and more.
  • Alternate lines: You can go beyond the main spreads and totals to find numbers that you’re more comfortable with. There will be a host of alternate lines, ranging from an extra half-point to 10+, all of which will influence the odds based on how much risk or safety you’re adding by moving the line.

In addition to betting on SNF by itself, you can also use the game as part of your multi-leg parlays for the NFL week. For example, you could use SNF as the capper for the full Sunday slate of games, or try your luck with tying together the results of Thursday Night Football and Monday Night Football.

Sunday Night Football history/trends

Sunday Night Football first became a regular part of the NFL schedule in 1987. The broadcast window was initially reserved for later in the season before becoming a permanent weekly fixture. ESPN provided coverage from 1987-2005, with TNT sharing duties from 1990-97.

NBC took over the broadcast in 2006 and remains the exclusive home for Sunday Night Football. The SNF time slot has become the marquee game of the week. The schedule provides the flexibility to change games in the latter part of the season in the event that an originally scheduled game becomes less interesting.

Since 2006, all 32 teams have played on SNF. The Dallas Cowboys lead the way in appearances over that time frame with 52, while the Jacksonville Jaguars are last with just a single game. A handful of clubs have a strong track record when playing in this time slot:

For some other clubs, the bright SNF lights have been much tougher to handle:

There were 18 Sunday Night Football games last season. Here’s how the betting results shook out for those games:

  • Moneyline: Favorites 10-8
  • Spreads: Favorites 7-11
  • Totals: Over 11-6-1
  • Home/away: Home 10-8

We’ll have to wait to see what kind of trends emerge as the 2022 Sunday Night Football schedule plays out.

Sunday Night Football FAQ 

Where can I watch or stream Sunday Night Football?

NBC is the broadcast home for Sunday Night Football. Viewers can also catch the action on the streaming service Peacock or on the NBC Sports app.

Is SNF the best NFL game of the week?  

NFL schedule makers do their best to place the top games in primetime. Sunday Night Football tends to serve as the showcase game of the week, and as the season moves along, the scheduled games may shift to put the most interesting matchups in primetime.

When was the first Sunday Night Football game?  

When Sunday Night Football first became a regular part of the NFL schedule, the inaugural game took place on Nov. 8, 1987, with ESPN broadcasting it. The New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots by a score of 17-10.

What is the highest-scoring game in Sunday Night Football history?  

Two games share the record of 83 points. In 2009, the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New York Giants by a score of 45-38. And the New England Patriots won by a score of 43-40 over the Kansas City Chiefs in 2018.

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