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2022 Cowboys Season Preview: Week 1 vs Buccaneers

For the second straight year, the will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a primetime matchup to open the season. Last season, Dallas nearly took down the defending Super Bowl champions. But, the Cowboys were foiled by a game-winning field goal from Ryan Succop and lost 31-29.

returns as the Buccaneers’ for his 23rd NFL season. He’s coming off one of the best seasons of his career, setting an NFL record with 485 and a career-high 5,315 passing yards. Brady has never lost to the Cowboys, going a perfect 6-0 against them in his career.

and Chris Godwin form one of the best receiver duos in the league. The two combined for 2,138 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns last season, with Evans scoring 14. Leonard Fournette will return at after rushing for 812 yards and eight touchdowns last season. Russell Gage, signed from the in the , will be Tampa Bay’s after catching 66 passes for 770 yards and four touchdowns last season.

After ’s , Cameron Brate is expected to become Tampa’s starting . He’s primarily played a backup role in his career, catching 30 passes for 245 yards and four touchdowns last season.

The Buccaneers’ offensive line got a massive upgrade after trading for Patriots’ Shaq Mason this offseason. He’ll line up alongside Ryan Jensen at , Donovan Smith and Tristan Wirfs at , and Aaron Stinnie at guard. Wirfs is coming off his first All-Pro selection in 2021.

rusher Shaquil Barrett leads the Buccaneers’ . He recorded 10 and 22 QB hits last season, earning his second Pro Bowl selection. and Akiem Hicks are Tampa’s primary defensive tackles, with the latter being signed from the this offseason. Joe Tryon-Shoyinka and William Gholston make up the rest of the defensive line at .

Lavonte David and Devin White form one of the best duos in the league. The two combined for 150 tackles and 5.5 sacks last season. David scored a 72.3 defensive grade from Pro last season, while White’s 35.1 was a career-low.

Carlton Davis and Jamel Dean are Tampa’s starting cornerbacks. Davis recorded one interception and defended 11 passes last season, while Dean recorded two interceptions and nine passes defended. Antoine Winfield Jr. is coming off a Pro Bowl season at , recording two interceptions and six passes defended last season.

After losing Jordan Whitehead to the in , new acquisition takes his spot at . He was signed from the this offseason after recording a career-high 117 tackles in 2021. Former Cowboy also plays at safety for the Buccaneers.

After being Tampa Bay’s defensive coordinator for the last three seasons, Todd Bowles will be its after Bruce Arians’ retirement. Bowles last held a head coaching job with the Jets from 2015-18, going 22-39. The Cowboys’ week one matchup against the Buccaneers will be played at 7:20 p.m. CT on Sunday, September 11 in Arlington on NBC.

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Nick Coppola

Written by Nick Coppola

Student at the University of Oklahoma. Reporter for OU Daily. Junior Writer for Inside The Star. Contributor for Guns Up Nation.

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