The Dallas Cowboys lost a heartbreaker on opening night in the NFL, 31-29, to the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Cowboys entered the contest as huge underdogs, with most betting lines favoring the Buccaneers by a healthy two-score margin. The teams traded results through the first part of the game. Dallas forced a punt, Tampa forced a punt. Tampa scored a touchdown, Dallas scored a touchdown. In a game where the Cowboys held the lead for less than one minute, Dallas was not overwhelmed nor overmatched.
It’s frustrating to know a missed offensive pass interference call might have kept the Cowboys from being 1-0 and took away some of the luster from Dak Prescott’s triumphant return, but there are several reasons to feel good about the 2021 Cowboys. Here’s the good, the bad and the ugly from a nail biter in Tampa.