Sports Dallas Cowboys vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers live blog: Score updates, analysis of NFL season opener
Bucs pull off ugly win against Cowboys with field goal in final seconds of NFL opener
Tom Brady and the Bucs opened defense of Super Bowl crown with a 31-29 win against the Cowboys that had good fortune with some championship grit.Very ugly.
The 2021 NFL season is finally here!
The regular season kicks off Thursday as theplay host to the . The game will mark from a compound fracture and dislocated ankle last October. Prescott and the Cowboys' promising offense – which is set to be without all-pro guard Zack Martin – will have a tough test out of the gates against a Buccaneers defense that surged during its Super Bowl run last season.
Meanwhile,will be making his record 300th career regular-season start against a Dallas defense looking to find its footing under new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott’s farewell to Tom Brady sends message about his confidence
Dak Prescott nearly put the Cowboys over the top against the Buccaneers, and the quarterback had a pointed message for Tom Brady afterward.He had just thrown for 403 yards and three touchdowns at Raymond James Stadium, his Cowboys falling 31-29 to the Buccaneers in a match more competitive than many expected.
Stay here for updates from USA TODAY Sports, including Jori Epstein and Jarrett Bell on the scene in Tampa, throughout the action.
Score: Buccaneers 21, Cowboys 16 2:38 second quarter
So if the Bucs running backs are slipping up, maybe it's time to go to one of the wide receivers. Antonio Brown roasts Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown deep for a 47-yard scoring strike. Tom Brady is up to 213 yards and three touchdowns ... before halftime.
Score: Cowboys 16, Buccaneers 14 3:21 second quarter
Another big error by a Buccaneers back, as Leonard Fournette allows a pass to bounce off his hands and into the arms of Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs for an interception. Dak Prescott can't get Dallas into the end zone after his third-down pass is deflected by Lavonte David on what might otherwise have been an interception by Mike Edwards. But Zuerlein finds some redemption as he converts a 35-yard field goal.
‘We paid a price’: Jerry Jones on Cowboys kicking woes, whether he still supports Greg Zuerlein
Cowboys kicker Greg Zuerlein didn't cost Dallas its game against the Buccaneers. But Jerry Jones says team paid price for not having Zuerlein in camp.Untimely drops, excessive allowance of big plays, always-opportunistic Tom Brady and a stifled run game contributed to the 31-29 deficit the Cowboys flew home with in the wee hours of Friday morning.
Score: Buccaneers 14, Cowboys 13 4:20 second quarter
After their own slip-up, the Cowboys get a big boost thanks to a mistake by the Buccaneers - Ronald Jones' fumble, which was forced by DeMarcus Lawrence and recovered by Randy Gregory. Five plays and 27 yards later, Dak Prescott recovers from a bad snap and finds Amari Cooper in the end zone for the score. But Greg Zuerlein misses the extra point that would have tied the game.
Score: Buccaneers 14, Cowboys 7 6:36 second quarter
A promising drive unraveled for the Cowboys in a hurry. After Dak Prescott nearly threw an interception to Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis in the end zone, Greg Zeurlein hooked a 31-yard field goal attempt wide left. Not the kind of mistakes the Cowboys can afford, especially with Brady and the Bucs passing attack clicking.
Score: Buccaneers 14, Cowboys 7 9:48 second quarter
Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are at it again. The two connect for their 85th regular-season touchdown, tying Steve Young and Jerry Rice for the third-most of any duo in NFL history. Brady is now 11-of-15 for 156 yards and two touchdowns. And remember when you heard this offseason about the NFL making taunting penalties a point of emphasis? One got called on Bucs center Ryan Jensen after Cowboys defensive tackle Carlos Watkins earned an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for a shove.
NFL suspends Cowboys lineman La'el Collins five games; WR Michael Gallup has calf strain
Collins has been suspended the next five games without pay for violation of the league’s policy on substances of abuse.But already, the team is facing a reality in which two of its offensive starters will be unavailable for the immediate future.
That was Rob Gronkowski's 9th career TD catch on an— Nate Davis (@ByNateDavis) opening weekend, tying the record for most among tight ends.
Score: Cowboys 7, Buccaneers 7 1:35 first quarter
Welcome back, Dak Prescott. The Cowboys QB led a seven-play, 75-yard drive to even the score late in the first. Prescott found Michael Gallup three times on the series, but CeeDee Lamb made up for his earlier drop by faking a screen and dashing past Buccaneers cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting for a 22-yard scoring strike. Murphy-Bunting was hurt on the play and later ruled out for the remainder of
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Score: Buccaneers 7, Cowboys 0 5:23 first quarter
Tom Brady and his receiving corps didn't take long to kick off the rust. Brady led the Bucs on a nine-play, 94-yard touchdown drive capped by a 5-yard strike to Chris Godwin over the middle. Brady also showed off his connection with Antonio Brown, who hauled in a 28-yard over-the-shoulder grab on a sluggo route. Brady went 6-of-7 for 86 yards on the drive, hitting four different receivers. And just like that, Dak Prescott and the Cowboys find themselves in an early hole again.
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots: Live stream, time, date, odds, how to watch
The Miami Dolphins game against the New England Patriots will see two former Alabama quarterbacks starting under center.While the pressure is on for Dolphins second-year quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who threw 11 passing touchdowns and five interceptions during his rookie season, first-round draft pick Mac Jones will be making his regular-season debut for the Patriots. The quarterback is getting the start following Cam Newton's release at the conclusion of training camp.
First touchdown of the season!
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Score: Cowboys 0, Buccaneers 0 9:32 first quarter
Nice start for Dak Prescott, who finds a wide-open Amari Cooper down the left sideline for an easy 28-yard gain on the quarterback's first play from scrimmage since last year's compound fracture and ankle dislocation. But the drive stalls in part due to a CeeDee Lamb drop and a false start on "the entire offensive line," as the officials called it. Prescott then threw an incompletion on third-and-15 as Lavonte David barreled down on A-gap blitz.
Score: Cowboys 0, Buccaneers 0 13:18 first quarter
An early win for Dan Quinn and the Cowboys defense, which forced Tom Brady and the Buccaneers to a three-and-out on the first series. Tampa Bay wanted to test out Dallas' run defense, which ranked 31st last year, on first and second down, but Brady couldn't connect with Chris Godwin on third down. Bradley Pinion then pinned the Cowboys inside their 5-yard line.
The Cowboys' inactives for Thursday night are: safeties Malik Hooker and Israel Mukuamu, quarterback Will Grier, defensive ends Azur Kamara and Chauncey Golston, linebacker Luke Gifford and wide receiver Noah Brown.
Cowboys DE Randy Gregory tests positive for COVID-19; what that means vs. Chargers
Cowboys' Randy Gregory tests positive for COVID-19, goes on reserve/COVID list. Dallas would feel his absence if he can't face the Chargers.They face the possibility of missing another first-team lineman when traveling to Los Angeles this week to face the Chargers.
The Buccaneers' inactives are: quarterback Kyle Trask, running back Ke'Shawn Vaughn, wide receiver Jaelon Darden, offensive guard Nick Leverett, defensive lineman Khalil Davis and safeties Jordan Whitehead and Chris Cooper.
Cowboys-Buccaneers injury report
The Cowboys looked to be in good shape this week, with all of the players on their injury report listed as full participants by Wednesday., however, figures to be out after testing positive for COVID-19.
The Buccaneers, meanwhile, will be without starting safety Jordan Whitehead as he continues to recover from a hamstring ailment.
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