The Dallas Cowboys and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will open their respective seasons clashing against one another just as they did in 2021.
It was a ferocious match up. Both teams executed at times while also dropping the ball both figuratively and literally. There were big time performances from established stars as well as coming out parties for eventual All Pros like Trevon Diggs.
Viewers marveled as Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Dak Prescott and Tampa Bay QB Tom Brady battled back and forth throughout the night.
We watched as Chris Godwin let big plays slip through his fingers. Then groaned as the Dallas Cowboys missed a field goal and an extra point.
After the game ended, both teams knew they performed at a level they could each be pleased with, while knowing there was work to be done.
There’s a few obvious differences from last year to this year. Players come and go, venue site changes, coaching changes, and of course, player development. So it’s difficult to look at the 2021 game where the Dallas Cowboys came up short, 31-29, and feel we could have an idea of how Sunday night’s game will pan out.
With both teams looking so significantly different from last season, we’ll look at how each position group matches up against the same group on the opposing team.
Evaluating the group will include projections of individual players circumstances such as, again, development, age, injuries, or other situations that could impact a player’s performance.
First up, the guys that make these teams go: