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That Tampa Bay Buccaneers will start their title defense when they meet Dallas Cowboys in the first game of the 2021 NFL season on Thursday Night Football. The Cowboys finished the 2020 season with a record of 6-10, which was good for third place in the NFC East. The Buccaneers finished with an 11-5 record, which was good for second place in NFC South.
Dallas is 7-3 in its last 10 games against Tampa Bay.
All Eyes On Dak
Dak Prescott has been out since he was injured against the New York Giants last October and he did not attend the preseason, which makes many wonder how healthy he is and how effective he will be when he returns on Thursday .
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If Prescott returns to form, the Cowboys have enough guns to make noise in the NFC, but they will have to do a better job of protecting their star quarterback if they are to win more than six games this year.
Dallas averaged 24.7 points per game. Match last season. They threw 260.1 yards and rushed 111.8 yards per. Match.
Prescott only played in five games last season, but he completed 68 percent of his passes for 1,856 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions. He also rushed for 93 yards and three touchdowns.
Ezekiel Elliott led the team with 979 rushing yards and six touchdowns, while Amari Cooper led the team with 1,114 receiving yards and five touchdowns.
Dallas did not play well defensively and gave up 29.6 points per. Match. They hired former Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn as their defensive coordinator, drafted linebacker Micah Parsons and added some key players in free agency, so expect them to be better than they were last season.
Buccaneers are trying to repeat
The Buccaneers finished in second place in their division last season, but they managed to win the Super Bowl with Tom Brady led the indictment in his first season with the team. They made sure they got all their starters back from the Super Bowl winning team and hope they will lift another Lombardi trophy by the end of the year.
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Tampa Bay averaged 30.8 points per game. Match last season. They threw for 289.1 yards and rushed for 94.9 yards per game.
Brady completed 65.7 percent of his passes for 4,633 yards, 40 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Ronald Jones II led the team with 978 rushing yards and seven touchdowns, while Mike Evans led the team with 1,006 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns.
The Buccaneers also played well defensively last season, giving up 22.2 points per game. Match. They spent four of their draft picks on defensive players and have all their starters left, so expect them to be one of the best defensive units in the league this year.
Tampa Bay is:
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games.
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 matches.
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in September.
- 5-11 ATS in their last 16 matches.