ARLINGTON, TX (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Tom Brady and Mike Evans connected on a one-time touchdown, Leonard Fournette rushed for 127 yards and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers outscored the Cowboys 19-3 while Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott left with a back injury. hand on Sunday evening.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Prescott will be out for a while.
“It was a tough night for the Cowboys,” Jones said after the game.
A rough night for Prescott got worse after his right hand hit a defender on a pass in the fourth quarter. He was checked on the sidelines before running to the locker room. The wound is in his thumb and will require surgery.
“I was told it was a lot cleaner than it could have been,” Prescott said after the game.
Prescott said he would see his doctor on Monday and schedule surgery.
Quarterback Cooper Rush,will take place during Prescott’s absence.
“Cooper is one of our main guys, we’re going to rally and go,” head coach Mike McCarthy said.
Brady was in charge throughout the first start of a 45-year-old quarterback in NFL history. The seven-time Super Bowl champion got a big defense assist in Todd Bowles’ debut as Tampa Bay coach after three seasons as defensive coordinator.
The Cowboys and Bucs had the NFL’s two best offenses last season, which began with Tampa Bay’s 31-29 home win over Dallas when Brady and Prescott combined for seven passing touchdowns. Only one infraction presented itself this time.
Dallas drove 54 yards to a field goal on first possession but failed to score again while finishing with its second-fewest points in Game 1. The Cowboys lost to New Orleans 28-0 in 1989 – Jerry Jones’ first game as owner.
Julio Jones had a 48-yard catch on both All-Pro starts at Tampa Bay to set up one of four first-half field goals for Ryan Succop, who had five attempts before the break without a Bucs punt.
Brady, who improved to 7-0 against the Cowboys, was 18 of 17 for 212 yards with an interception that didn’t amount to much because Prescott and receiver Noah Brown couldn’t connect on an easy third pitch. near midfield early in the fourth quarter.
The Cowboys have done nothing to quell questions about the receiving squad behind CeeDee Lamb, the third-year player who is the new No. 1 target after Amari Cooper’s offseason trade.
Lamb had two catches for 29 yards while drawing attention. Noah Brown had five catches for 68 yards, while Prescott went 14 of 29 for 134 yards with an interception that set up one of the first-half field goals.
The receiving depth gap was clear, with Evans and Chris Godwin both catching at least 20 yards in the first quarter before Godwin had to leave with a hamstring injury.
The Cowboys stayed close in the first half only because of two sacks by reigning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Micah Parsons. Both forced field goals and Succop missed one of the tries.
Devin White tied Parsons with two sacks from Prescott as the Cowboys lost to the Bucs at home for only the second time while coach Mike McCarthy fell to 0-3 in the opener with Dallas. Dave Campo was the only other Dallas coach to do this.
Fournette had 40 of 79 yards on the drive that ended with Brady’s 5-yard pass to Evans for a 19-3 lead.
Dallas’ first-round pick Tyler Smith was the first rookie in franchise history to start a game opener at left tackle. The Bucs also had a rookie starter in left guard Luke Goedeke, a second rounder. Both teams entered the opener with questions ahead of time due to injuries and personnel changes.
Injuries have also increased. Dallas left guard Connor McGovern did not return after injuring his right ankle in the first series. Tampa Bay left tackle Donovan Smith came out in the second quarter with an elbow problem and was also ruled out.
Cowboys S Jayron Kearse, who was questionable with a neck problem, left in the second half with a knee injury.
Defending AFC champion Cincinnati visits the Cowboys next Sunday. Dallas opens with three of four home games.