5 storylines of pirates and cowboys

Just a year ago, the Buccaneers and the Cowboys met each other in the first week of the start of the 2021 NFL season.

What a difference the year makes.

The Cowboys finished the season at 12-5, claiming the NFC East crown before an early exit in the playoffs. As for the Bucs, they suffered a tough playoff loss at the hands of eventual Super Bowl champion Rams.

There have been a lot of roster and event changes throughout the season, but here are five more events for each team heading into Sunday’s game at AT&T Stadium.

  • Tom Brady has always been a member of the Bucs, they will always be in contention for the championship. But after a period of controversy as the future Hall of Famer retired and then retired in February and lost 11 days of training camp, the impact of Brady’s absence during that time with the new recipients and new head coach may be something that catches your eye. Sunday.
  • Todd Bowles, the former Cowboys defensive coordinator, took over the head coaching position this season after Bruce Arians retired and later moved to the front office. The Bulls, of course, spent four seasons in New York with the Jets and won only 26 out of 67 games during that time. The defensive-minded master is a change of pace from the high-energy style Arians brought, but he still commands a very talented crew.
  • Much like the Cowboys, the Bucs fought through their offensive line issues as they prepared to enter the season. They lost Ryan Jensen’s tattered ACL position to start training camp, with Ali Marbet opting for retirement and leaving Alex Capa in free agency to Cincinnati. Keeping Tom Brady upright is imperative, but the Dallas Sevens could present chain problems against Tampa’s undefeated offensive line.
  • There will be no safety cover for Brady this season with Rob Gronkowski’s retirement, but he has brought back Chris Goodwin to undo his ACL surgery and possibly rejuvenated Julio Jones alongside Mike Evans and Russell Gage. The Cowboys have boasted perhaps their best sub unit in quite some time, making this one of the must-watch matches.
  • Finally, Brady was 6-0 in his career against the Cowboys including last year’s opener in Tampa where the Boss held a Dallas sponsor 31-29. As for the Cowboys, they haven’t beaten the Bucs since Week 16 of the 2018 season.
  • The Cowboys are ready to go with rookie first rounder Tyler Smith in the left tackle position now that Tyrone Smith is set to miss a large part of the season through injury. Dallas has already signed on to former Eagles interference Jason Peters on Monday to help fill in the depth of the offensive line and as a mentor to the younger Smith. Tampa will bring plenty of firepower up the front seven, which is a huge challenge for the novice on his first start in the NFL.
  • On Sunday, Dak Prescott will make a new appearance for the receiving corps, although he will still have CeeDee Lamb at his disposal. After turning the cornerstone season over, the Cowboys are set to enter the season with a host of young and talented recipients such as Noah Brown, Simi Vihoku and Galen Tolbert. However, most of them are inexperienced and it remains to be seen how they will react in case of a match after a strong camp while they wait for Michael Gallup and James Washington to return from injury.
  • If there is one unit that does not have many question marks surrounding it for the Cowboys, it will be the defensive side of the ball. In last year’s game against the Bucs, the defense forced four turnovers including two interceptions by Brady. With Travon Diggs and Micah Parsons keeping another full season under their belt and the others stepping up through pre-season, the Cowboys can count on their defense most of the way.
  • After playing during training camp and pre-season, the Cowboys finally settled on kicker by bringing Brett Maher back for the season. In this last year’s game, Greg Zorlin missed two field shots and one of his extra points while Dallas only lost two points. The Cowboys hope Maher can bring more stability to the clutch positions.
  • What will we see from Duck? He was absolutely fantastic last season after returning from ankle surgery by setting the franchise record with 37 touchdowns last season. This time though, he will cut his work with the youngsters in key positions up front and at the receiver. He passed for over 400 yards and three runs in Tampa in 2021, with CeeDee Lamb calculating over 100 yards and one touchdown.