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Dallas owner Jerry Jones is known for hyperbole, but there might be some truth to what he’s saying about the Cowboys’ Week 1 match-up at Tampa Bay against the defending Super Bowl champion Bucs.

We’re going to have a lot of prayer, so we could get the courage to show up,” Jones said, via NFL Media. “Let me tell you this: world-champion Tom Brady, Tampa, great atmosphere — what a better opportunity to step up there and be David against Goliath.”

Tampa Bay is opening as a 6.5-point favorite on MyBookie.ag.

While the Bucs went 11-5 and won Super Bowl LV, the Cowboys are coming off an injury-riddled season in 2020 in which the team went 6-10 in the first year under new head coach Mike McCarthy. Dallas is dealing with several starters sidelined in training camp with injuries, including quarterback Dak Prescott, defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence and wide receiver Amari Cooper among others.

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Dallas QB Dak Prescott – Photo by: USA Today

Prescott, who recovered from a broken ankle in Week 5 last year after going 2-3 as a starter, is dealing with soreness in his throwing shoulder in camp and has been out of action for several days.

“I’m excited for the challenge for my defense and just the whole team,” Prescott told NFL Network about taking on Tampa Bay. “I’m excited for these guys to go out there and improve off of last year. And that’s what training camp is about. We’re trying to iron-sharpen-iron right now. We’re trying to make them better, they’re making us better. But it’s going to be important for us to go out there and take care of the ball, put (the Bucs) in tough situations and put the pressure on those guys.”

There has been no timetable set for Prescott’s return. He’s been in attendance at practice, but has not participated in team drills since the first two days of camp. Prescott, who was the Cowboys’ franchise player last year, signed a four-year, $160 million contract extension in March.

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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1 month ago

I would ordinarily say that having their starter out, or at less than 100%, should make this an easy win for the Bucs. But no matter how well last season went, I have not forgotten how many opposing backup quarterbacks have starred against the Bucs in prior seasons. We made them look good way too many times!

1 month ago

No empathy for Jones from me.

1 month ago

When was the so called “America’s Team,” ever an underdog to anyone. I despise the Cowboys and one of the reason is that moniker. Another reason is all of the national exposure they get for a team that hasn’t been to The Big Show in almost two decades.

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1 month ago

I too am simply amazed at the media attention given to a 6 dash 10 team. Already the excuses are spewing for their 2020 showing in which one game (Falcons) was handed to them. You don’t have to wait long for NFL Network or ESPN to go to a segment about the Cowboys, the Chiefs or that whining Aaron Rodgers. That’s when I flip channels. How about a piece on the very dangerous Cleveland Browns or the John Lynch’s 49’ers who suffered so many injuries in 2020 and could be revitalized? No other owner seeks the media attention like “Jerriatric”… Read more »

Go Bucs 72
1 month ago

I think Jerry Jones went to high school with Goliath.

1 month ago

I’d have “soreness” in my shoulder too if I was about to go up against this defense! Even with all their starters this was gonna be a tough game for them. There are no “easy wins” in the NFL but with these injuries, I’d say 6.5 points favorites is a little disrespectful to the Bucs.

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