The Cowboys start the season with a loss
ARLINGTON, Texas—Tom Brady and Mike Evans scored a touchdown, Leonard Fournette rushed for 127 yards, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers outscored the Cowboys 19-3, while Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott got away with a hand injury tonight.
A rough night for Prescott was made worse after his right hand hit a defender as he threw a pass in the fourth quarter. He was searched on the touchline before running to the locker room.
Brady was in charge in the first start of a 45-year-old quarterback in NFL history. The seven-time Super Bowl champion got a big defense assist in Todd Bowles’ debut as Tampa Bay coach after three seasons as defensive coordinator.
The Cowboys and Bucs had the NFL’s two best offenses last season, which began with Tampa Bay’s 31-29 home win over Dallas when Brady and Prescott combined for seven touchdown passes. Only one offense appeared this time.
Dallas drove 54 yards to a field goal on first possession, but scored no more and finished with second-fewest points in an opener. The Cowboys lost to New Orleans 28-0 in 1989, Jerry Jones’ first game as owner.
Julio Jones had a 48-yard reception in both All-Pro starts at Tampa Bay to set up one of four first-half field goals for Ryan Succop, who had five attempts before halftime. -time without a Bucs punt. .
Brady, who improved to 7-0 against the Cowboys, completed 18 of 17 passes for 212 yards with an interception that didn’t mean much because Prescott and wide receiver Noah Brown couldn’t connect on an easy third down near midfield early on. the fourth trimester.
The Cowboys have done nothing to quell questions about the receiving corps behind CeeDee Lamb, the third-year player who is the new No. 1 target after the offseason trade for Amari Cooper.
Lamb had two receptions for 29 yards and caught the eye. Noah Brown had five catches for 68 yards, while Prescott was 14 of 29 for 134 yards with an interception that set up one of the first-half field goals.
The receiving depth gap was clear, with Evans and Chris Godwin having receptions of at least 20 yards in the first quarter before Godwin had to leave with a hamstring injury.
The Cowboys stayed close in the first half only thanks to two sacks by the NFL’s reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year, Micah Parsons. Both forced field goals and Succop missed one of the attempts.
Devin White tied Parsons with two sacks from Prescott as the Cowboys lost to the Bucs at home for the second time, while coach Mike McCarthy fell to 0-3 in opening games with Dallas. Dave Campo was the only other Dallas coach to do this.
Fournette had 40 yards for 79 on the drive which ended with Brady’s 5-yard touchdown pass to Evans for a 19-3 lead.
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