We are officially one day until the return of Dallas Cowboys football. They’ll have a difficult task in Week 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Which players could sway the momentum to kick off the season?
Nothing quite says “sink or swim” like getting the CB1 role against Tampa Bay in Week 1. Diggs will be thrown into the fire against the likes of Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Antonio Brown. There really isn’t “stopping” all three of them, but keeping them at bay will be his goal along with the rest of the Dallas secondary.
Does Trevon Diggs see himself as a lockdown corner, ready to face the other team’s best receiver?
“Yeah, for sure.”
Ready to take that on?
What about last year?
“I felt the same way last year, too.” https://t.co/Qi8EYbERzz
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 24, 2021
They have to prevent big plays, especially early in the game that can put the offense in a deep hole. That happened all too often a season ago. Diggs will play a big part in that as he will probably match up with Evans or Godwin on most of his reps. He’ll have to shine in order for Dallas to have a shot tomorrow night.
The Cowboys’ young center has a tough matchup of his own. The Buccaneers defensive line is one of the most relentless in the NFL, and nose tackle Vita Vea is back and healthy. For the Dallas offense to have success, they have to keep Dak off his back and clear running lanes for Ezekiel Elliott.
The interior will have to take care of Vea, Ndamukong Suh, as well as a duo of special linebackers. LBs Lavonte David and Devin White are as athletic as they come. Accordingly, Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Todd Bowles won’t be afraid to blitz them to try to cause havoc.
Projected Cowboys’ interior offensive line for Thursday’s game vs. Tampa Bay: LG Connor Williams, C Tyler Biadasz, RG Connor McGovern.
— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) September 5, 2021
Welcome to the league, rook. Go try to sack Tom Brady against one of the most well-rounded offensive lines in the league. That will be the ask of Osa Odighizuwa in Week 1 after he has taken over a starting role on the interior of the defensive line.
Alex Cappa is the weakest link of TB’s interior OL, so expect Dallas to try to facilitate pressure against him. That could be with Odighizuwa, Carlos Watkins, and/or a plethora of the linebackers on Dallas’ defense. If Osa can make a big impact in his first NFL game, that would make a huge difference for the team’s overall defensive performance this week and its outlook for the rest of the season.
Rookie Osa Odighizuwa will be the starting 3-technique on Thursday vs. Tampa Bay. I asked Randy Gregory about his impressions of the UCLA product. Told me, “I knew from Day 1 when we saw him go out there in camp that he was going to be a big part this year…”
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— Brianna Dix (@DixBrianna) September 7, 2021
Of course, there are some bigger names like Dak Prescott or CeeDee Lamb that will be vital to any chance for the Cowboys. These players may go under the radar but make a big impact against the Bucs tomorrow night.
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