By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Dak is again, and he’s nonetheless not sufficient for the Dallas Cowboys.
Playing his first game since struggling a grotesque ankle damage 11 months in the past after which signing a $160 million contract, Dak Prescott was excellent towards a protection that shut down Patrick Mahomes within the Super Bowl and returned each starter.
Prescott accomplished 42 of 58 passes for 403 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. But the Cowboys couldn’t cease Tom Brady on the ultimate drive and Ryan Succop’s 36-yard subject purpose gave the defending champion Buccaneers a 31-29 victory Thursday night time to open the NFL season.
Dallas compelled 4 turnovers however Greg Zuerlein missed a 31-yard subject purpose and an additional level. He hit a go-ahead 48-yarder with below two minutes left, then the Cowboys’ shaky protection could not cease Brady from engineering the profitable drive.
Prescott didn’t play within the preseason after coping with a shoulder drawback in coaching camp, however confirmed no ailing results of his accidents proper from the beginning.
Backed up on his 2-yard line for his first play in 333 days, Prescott dropped again and lofted a good looking 28-yard move to a wide-open Amari Cooper. He picked aside Tampa’s secondary after cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting left early with an elbow damage.
Prescott moved across the pocket, escaped some hits, scrambled 4 occasions and solely was sacked as soon as.
If the Cowboys can work out their protection below new coordinator Dan Quinn and Prescott stays wholesome, they’ll be the workforce to beat in a weak NFC East.
Prescott was on tempo to set a report for yards passing final 12 months earlier than he received harm in Week 5. He threw for 1,859 yards and 9 TDs in lower than 5 full games. He picked up the place he left off towards one of many league’s finest defenses.
The Cowboys have been solely 2-3 with him final 12 months as a result of their protection was on the best way to permitting a franchise-record 473 factors. If it weren’t for the 4 turnovers, Dallas could have allowed 40 factors to Tampa Bay.
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