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Buccaneers vs. Cowboys: TV schedule, notes, and staff picks

Predictions and game info from the 2021 NFL Week 1 capsule.

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cincinnati Bengals Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Broadcast Info

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)

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.

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.

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

Week 1 Staff Picks

Latest line: Bucs by 8.5, Over/Under 51.5

Gil: Bucs, 33-17

James: Bucs, 34-17

David: Bucs, 31-10

Bailey: Bucs, 34-20

Mike: Bucs, 28-20

Len: Bucs, 33-10

Trey: Bucs, 30-13