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Updated Cowboys-Buccaneers NFL Weather Forecast: Rain & Wind in Tampa Could Impact Thursday Night’s Opener

Updated Cowboys-Buccaneers NFL Weather Forecast: Rain & Wind in Tampa Could Impact Thursday Night’s Opener article feature image

Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers walk off the field as a heavy rain falls at Raymond James Stadium.

  • Heavy rain and strong winds have plagued Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. throughout the day on Thursday.
  • A soggy field and breezy conditions could certainly impact tonight's Cowboys vs. Buccaneers NFL season opener.
  • Below we examine the updated Cowboys vs. Buccaneers weather forecast, including the chances that rain and win impact Thursday Night Football.

The Dallas Cowboys will visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC) to kickoff the 2021 NFL regular season, but the conditions may not be optimal for a clean game.

According to a tweet from the NFL Network’s Jane Slater, rain was falling at Raymond James Stadium as of 12:19 p.m. ET on Thursday, though Slater did mention that the wet weather should clear out by tonight’s 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff.

While there may be optimism from reporters on the ground in Tampa, Florida weather is notoriously unpredictable, so let’s take a look at the latest Cowboys vs. Buccaneers forecast to see the most likely conditions for tonight’s NFL opener.

Cowboys vs. Buccaneers Weather Forecast

According to the National Weather Service, there is a 60% chance of rain throughout the day on Thursday, with thunderstorms also possible.

The chance of precipitation does drop to 30% around 8 p.m. ET, with showers still possible until 2 a.m. ET on Sunday.

Considering it’s raining now and may continue for the rest of the afternoon, and possibly into the evening, the chances are very good that, at the very least. players will be dealing with a wet field tonight at Raymond James Stadium.

Another weather factor that NFL bettors need to consider is the wind.

Steady 14 mph winds are expected throughout the afternoon in Tampa, with gusts touching 18 mph.

Just like the chance of rain, the winds are expected to diminish into the evening with 7-9 mph breezes blowing from end zone to end zone, according to Sports Insights’ NFL weather data.

At the time of writing the Bucs sit as 8.5-point favorites against the Cowboys, with tonight’s over/under at 51.5.

Be sure to visit our NFL Live Odds page often throughout the day for latest Buccaneers vs. Cowboys odds, including the potential effect weather could have on Thursday night’s total.

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