Dallas Cowboys Week 1: The good, the bad and the ugly

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Dallas Cowboys: The Ugly

Prior to the season starting, I shared my three biggest concerns heading into 2021. One of those concerns was the pass rush or lack thereof. Unfortunately, that worry came into fruition Thursday night as the Dallas Cowboys never sacked Bucs quarterback Tom Brady.

As a result, Brady was able to pick apart the suspect Dallas secondary to the tune of 379 yards and four touchdowns. Even with cornerback Trevon Diggs shutting down receiver Mike Evans, Tampa Bay fell ten yards short of having three different receivers eclipse 100 yards.

Cornerback Anthony Brown got destroyed in the matchup against his namesake Antonio. Brown and fellow receiver Chris Godwin combined to catch two-thirds of the balls in which they were targeted, while tight end Rob Gronkowski went a perfect eight for eight.

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Moving forward, Dallas must be able to get to the quarterback effectively to protect a highly questionable secondary. Without that, they will be in many more situations where games will come down to whoever has the ball last.