One week until Week One opening, Cowboys at Buccaneers

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One week from tonight, the 2021 regular season will begin.

The Buccaneers will host the Cowboys, with Tampa Bay raising a banner to commemorate the second NFL championship in franchise history.

The home team is a 7.5-point favorite; it’s hard not to envision the Buccaneers covering. The Bucs are bringing back all starters, quarterback Tom Brady is healthy (as far as we know — after all, they lied about his health in 2020), and Brady has a full season with the team under his belt.

For the Cowboys to have a chance, they need to pressure and confuse Brady. Given his age and lack of mobility, he’s inclined to get rid of the ball in lieu of taking a hit, even if it means coughing up a turnover. That’s what happened in the NFC Championship at Green Bay. And if the Packers had managed to complete a comeback from a 28-10 second-half deficit, the narrative for the past eight months would have been whether Tom Brady is washed up.

Instead, it feels like the Bucs are poised to become the first team since Brady’s Patriots in 2004 to repeat as Super Bowl winners. One week from tonight, it all gets started.

30 responses to “One week until Week One opening, Cowboys at Buccaneers

  1. Seems like they would if wanted to try and schedule a competitive game for the opener. This could get ugly.

  2. With all of this offseason hype about Dak and Dallas I`m hoping Brady & the Bucs totally destroy the boys!!! So sick of the Dallas hype train every single year! Go Bucs!!!

  3. i can’t figure why the league didn’t go with a more competitive game to start the season.

  4. Can we just take a moment and stop talking about how sure a Bucs win is….as a Bucs fan I am getting really nervous….not use to being on this side of the coin.

  5. Why is everyone upset? I think it’s going to be great! Watching the Cowboys and their $160 million dollar QB get humiliated on prime time to start the season is totally worth watching!

  6. One week until some fans come back to earth and realize their team doesn’t stand a chance.

  7. Thank the Football Gods. College football is a great appetizer once the NFL season gets jumping However, the first week of CFB without the real games on Sunday is a tough pill to swallow. NFL is so close, yet so far away.

  8. This will not be a close game. Bucs will stomp on them in all aspects. I can see Tom throwing for 4 tds and over 300 yards. Dallas does not have a good secondary.

  9. Did Jerry beaf up his defense in the off season because they are about to get tested big time. Dak is not on the field when Brady is out there.

  10. Nobody on here giving the Cowboys a chance….

    People don’t realize Brady doesn’t start out fast, and they could be coming off a Super Bowl hangover…

    And nobody knows what to expect from the Cowboys….

    Don’t be so quick to write them off….

  11. For all the talk of how hard it is to schedule a good game for every week of the year, week 1 surely is easier to get right than say, week 10. This game belongs at 11 AM on a Sunday, when people have other options to choose. And it has nothing to do with Tampa and everything to do with Dallas.
    looking forward to Sunday the 12th when the regular season actually starts…or is at least worth watching.

  12. For all the talk of how difficult it is to schedule a good game each week, Week 1 is likely easier to get right than say, week 10.
    This game belongs at 11AM on a Sunday when viewers have other options.
    The reasons have nothing to do with the Bucks and everything to do with Dallas.
    looking forward to Sunday the 12th when the season is actually worth watching.

  13. One word to describe the Cowboys @ Bucs opening night. MASSACRE…….get the Jerrah memes ready now.

  14. Excited for the regular season and real games like never before. Thursday night is going to be fun. Hoping TB wins and for a rematch in the Superbowl with the Chiefs. Dallas has a lot of work to do

  15. a game between the 40 million dollar man and the GOAT who makes only 30 million. Should be interesting.

  16. “Will they pan in on Jerry in the final minutes as Dak and his Cowboys are getting trounced?”

    well yes. dak and the cowboys are at their best during garbage time.

  17. I’m a huge Brady fan, and I think the Bucs have a great team! That being said, who knows what might happen, especially in the first game of a new season? Yeah, I hope the Bucs win handily, but I’m going to sit and keep my fingers crossed, rather than crow to the rooftops about something that hasn’t happened yet, and might not.

  18. Bucs win…but Dallas prolly pulls off the late backdoor cover on the spread of (+7.5)…

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