The NFL regular season is finally here, and the first game of the year should be an entertaining one. The defending champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers will take on the Dallas Cowboys in Dak Prescott’s first game back from a severe ankle injury. Here’s how these teams match up based on last year’s numbers.
Buccaneers Offense vs. Cowboys Defense
Cowboys Offense vs. Buccaneers Defense
Nick did an in-depth preview of this game over at the Dallas Morning News. You can find his breakdown here.
When it’s all said and done, this is a tough match up on both sides of the ball for the Cowboys. Tom Brady and the Buccaneers Offense can win in so many ways. However, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them pick up where they left off in the playoffs, utilizing more base personnel, run-pass balance, and play-action.
Tampa’s defense is fast, physical, versatile and complex. With right guard Zack Martin out, you know defensive coordinator Todd Bowles will find ways to target the interior of the Cowboys’ O-line. I have a hard time believing Dak Prescott will be completely comfortable in his first game back from injury. And if there are any issues with that throwing shoulder that prevent him from being able to effectively attack downfield, the Cowboys will be in trouble against this defense.
This one is set up for plenty of entertainment, but likely a Buccaneers win.
Make sure to check out more of our Cowboys and Buccaneers analysis below:
- Dak Prescott Took Steps in the Right Direction Last Season
- How Todd Bowles attacked Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, and Patrick Mahomes
- Buccaneers Offense vs. the Packers in the NFC Championship and the Chiefs in the Super Bowl
- Tom Brady Won’t Get Beat by the Same Blitz Twice
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