For the second season in a row, the Dallas Cowboys will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 1. Dallas lost to Tom Brady and the Bucs in the 2021 opener 31-29 thanks to a last-second field goal from Ryan Succop.
Now in 2022, the Cowboys will look to not only avenge that loss but to also secure their first-ever win against Brady. It won’t be easy, but here are some reasons to believe it can happen.
5 reasons the Cowboys will beat the Bucs in Week 1
5. This time, they’re at home
The stage was much different in 2021 than it is in 2022. Tampa Bay had just won the Super Bowl the prior season, becoming the first team to ever do so in their home stadium. They were then kicking things off back in front of their fans for the Thursday night opener.
This year, the two teams will again be under the bright lights, but it will be a Sunday Night Football contest with the Cowboys playing host.
Of course, it’s hard to feel too good about home-field advantage, since the Cowboys usually never have this at AT&T Stadium. Still, they’re on a field they know a little better and will have the juice from the home crowd helping them down the stretch.
As they proved last season, they can hang with some of the better teams in the NFL. The problem — at times — has been closing things out. They were unable to do this on the road in Week 1 last year, but look for them to finish a few more drives in the end zone this time, thanks to the comfort of being at home.