5 reasons Cowboys will beat the Buccaneers in Week 1

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3. Prescott is fully healthy

There were a lot of eyes on Dak Prescott when Dallas headed to Tampa Bay last season. As the quarterback of America’s Team, this is often the case, but things were magnified for this game. Prescott was on the field for the first time since breaking his ankle against the New York Giants early during the prior campaign.

Not only was he playing in his first game since Week 5 of the 2020 season, but Prescott also spent most of the team’s training camp dealing with a nagging shoulder injury. That injury was so bad that many expected him to struggle throughout the year.

That wasn’t the case though as No. 4 came out firing. He threw for 403 yards with three touchdowns in the opener, with an impressive rating of 101.4.


It was a great night for Prescott, and he deserved to take home a win for the performance. It wasn’t meant to be but he does get a shot at revenge now — and he’s fully healthy.

Prescott has a full year under his belt now following his ankle injury and feels more comfortable using his legs again. Plus, his 79% completion percentage against Tampa Bay is the highest of any quarterback against any team in NFL history.

With all that being said, he’s now fully healthy and can do even more this time around against Tampa Bay.