It’s finally here. The 2021 season is upon us and your Buccaneers are kicking the whole thing off as they host the Dallas Cowboys at home on Thursday night. It’s Tampa Bay’s first chance at their Super Bowl LV title defense as they field the same championship team after bringing all 22 2020 starters back.
The game will be broadcast nationally with NBC’s Sunday Night Football crew. There will also be a day-long celebration around Tampa in honor of NFL Kickoff. Coverage of the festivities will be carried on NFL Network as well as NBC prior to the game.
If you’re coming to the game, be sure to get there early. There will be on-field presentations starting promptly at 8 p.m., including the raising of the Super Bowl LV Champion banner, so you’ll want to be in your seats.
If you can’t make it to Raymond James Stadium, here’s how to immerse yourself in all the fun.
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Meanwhile, the Cowboys are looking for a big bounceback after a very difficult 2020 season. Dallas went 6-10, losing quarterback Dak Prescott for the season with a broken ankle in Week 5. Though the NFC East continues to be perhaps the league’s weakest division, it remains to be seen if Prescott alone can be the spark to push Dallas to the playoffs.
How to watch Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Dallas Cowboys on TV, live stream
Where: Raymond James Stadium
When: 8:20 p.m.
Live stream: Yahoo! Sports
Radio: WXTB 97.9 FM/Bucs Radio network; Sirius XM Channel 88.
Online radio: Buccaneers official app (in Tampa area only)
What to Know
The Dallas Cowboys and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will face off at 8:20 p.m. ET Sept. 9 at Raymond James Stadium to kick off their 2021 seasons. Last year was nothing to brag about for Dallas (6-10), so the team is looking forward to a new start. On the other hand, Tampa Bay was 11-5 last season and, of course, capped off the postseason with a 31-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl.
A pair of last-season defensive stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: The Cowboys were second worst when it came to rushing yards allowed per game last year, with the squad giving up 158.8 on average. The Buccaneers’ defense has more to brag about, as they they were the best in rushing touchdowns allowed, finishing the 2020 season giving up only ten.