NFL opens regular season tonight! Thursday Night Feature Game on NBC: Dallas visits Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay, 8:20 PM

DALLAS COWBOYS
AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

THURSDAY, SEPT. 9, 2021 // 8:20 PM ET // RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN HOCHULI

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER: Cowboys lead all-time series, 13-4
STREAKS: Cowboys have won past 2
LAST GAME: 12/23/18: Buccaneers 20 at Cowboys 27
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/15/15: Buccaneers 10, Cowboys 6

DALLAS COWBOYS LEADERS (2020 STATS)

Mike McCarthy: 3-2 COACH VS. OPP.

24.7/29.6 PTS. FOR/AGAINST

371.8 OFFENSE

Dak Prescott: 151-222-1856-9-4-99.6 PASSING

Ezekiel Elliott: 244-979-4.0-6 RUSHING

Amari Cooper: 92-1114-12.1-5 RECEIVING

386.4 DEFENSE

DeMarcus Lawrence: 6.5 SACKS

Trevon Diggs: 3 INTs

-3 (23/26) TAKE/GIVE

Bryan Anger (Hou.): 46.4 (41.8) PUNTING (NET)

Greg Zuerlein: 135 (33/36/ PAT; 34/41 FG) KICKING

COWBOYS NOTES

• QB DAK PRESCOTT had 1,856 pass yards & 12 TDs (9 pass, 3
rush) for 99.6 rating in 5 games in 2020. Aims for his 3rd in row
vs. TB with rush TD. Has 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 98.4 rating in 4
career games on TNF. Aims for his 3rd in row on TNF with 300+
pass yards.
• RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had 1,317 scrimmage yards (979 rush, 338
rec.) & 8 TDs (6 rush, 2 rec.) in 2020 & became 3rd player with
1,250+ scrimmage yards & 8+ TDs in each of his 1st 5 seasons in
NFL history. Has 297 scrimmage yards (148.5 per game) & rush
TD in 2 career games vs. TB. Has 333 scrimmage yards (111 per
game) & 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in 3 career games on TNF.
• WR AMARI COOPER led team with career-high 92 catches & had
1,114 rec. yards in 2020. Had 12 catches for 173 yards & rec. TD in
only career game at TB (10/30/16 w/ Oak.). Has 3 rec. TDs in his
past 3 on TNF. WR CEEDEE LAMB set rookie franchise records
in catches (74) & rec. yards (935) last season. WR MICHAEL
GALLUP had 59 catches for 843 yards & 5 TDs in 2020. Had
rec. TD in last meeting. TE DALTON SCHULTZ set career highs in
catches (63), rec. yards (615) & rec. TDs (4) last season.
• LB JAYLON SMITH had career-high 154 tackles in 2020. Had 10
tackles & 69-yard FR-TD in last meeting. LB KEANU NEAL makes
Dal. debut. Had 98 tackles & 9 TFL in 2020 with Atl. LB MICAH
PARSONS was selected in 1st round (12th overall) in 2021 NFL
Draft. DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE had sack in last meeting. CB
TREVON DIGGS tied for lead among rookies with 3 INTs in 2020.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS LEADERS (2020 STATS)

COACH VS. OPP. Bruce Arians: 1-1

PTS. FOR/AGAINST 30.8/22.2

OFFENSE 384.1

PASSING Tom Brady: 401-610-4633-40-12-102.2

RUSHING Ronald Jones: 192-978-5.1-7

RECEIVING Mike Evans: 70-1006-14.4-13

DEFENSE 327.1

SACKS Jason Pierre-Paul: 9.5

INTs Carlton Davis: 4

TAKE/GIVE +8 (25/17)

PUNTING (NET) Bradley Pinion: 45.2 (40.2)

KICKING Ryan Succop: 136 (52/57 PAT; 28/31 FG)

BUCCANEERS NOTES

• QB TOM BRADY tied-2nd in NFL with 40 TD passes & ranked
3rd in pass yards (4,633) last season. Became 1st player in NFL
history with 7 SB titles & 5 SB MVPs. Is NFL all-time leader in
TD passes (581) & ranks 2nd in pass yards (79,204). Needs 300+
pass yards to join DREW BREES (123) as only players with 100+
300-yard games in NFL history.
• RB RONALD JONES set career highs in scrimmage yards (1,143)
& scrimmage TDs (8) in 2020. RB LEONARD FOURNETTE had
448 scrimmage yards (112 per game) & 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in
2020 postseason.
• WR MIKE EVANS had 1,006 rec. yards in 2020 & became 1st
player with 1,000+ rec. yards in each of his 1st 7 seasons. Had
rec. TD in last meeting. WR CHRIS GODWIN had 65 catches
for 840 yards & 7 TDs in 2020. WR ANTONIO BROWN had 45
receptions for 483 yards & 4 TDs in 8 games last season. Has
9 rec. TDs in 10 career games on TNF. TE ROB GRONKOWSKI
ranks 3rd all-time among TEs with 86 rec. TDs.
• LB LAVONTE DAVID had 8th-career season with 100+ tackles
(117) in 2020. Has 31 tackles (7.8 per game) in 4 career games
vs. Dal. LB DEVIN WHITE had career-high 140 tackles & 9 sacks
last season. Had 2 INTs & 2 FRs in 3 postseason games in 2020.
LB JASON PIERRE-PAUL had 5th-consecutive season with 7+
sacks (team-high 9.5) last season. LB SHAQUIL BARRETT had 8
sacks in 2020 reg. season & 4 sacks in postseason. CB CARLTON
DAVIS led team with 4 INTs & 18 PD in 2020.

ON THE AIRWAVES

TV: NBC (8:20 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter)
NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner
SIRIUS: 81 (Dal.), 211 (TB) | XM: 226 (Dal.), 225 (TB) | SXM App: 808 (Dal.), 829 (TB)

COURTESY NFLmedia.com

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