Bucs defeat Cowboys in season opener as Prescott, Godwin suffer injuries – The Athletic

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers began their 2022 season with a victory, defeating the Dallas Cowboys 19-3 on Sunday night.

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott exited the game midway through the fourth quarter and will require surgery and miss several weeks, team owner Jerry Jones said. Prescott appeared to sustain the injury by jamming his hand into Bucs linebacker Shaquil Barrett’s while following through on a throw.

Jerry Jones: “It’s above the thumb, back behind the joint.” https://t.co/5KUlFRDw2K

— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) September 12, 2022

Bucs quarterback Tom Brady went 18-for-27 in the win, throwing 212 yards with one touchdown and one interception. His touchdown pass, the 625th of his career, was to Bucs receiver Mike Evans in the third quarter, capping off a nine-play, 79-yard drive.

Brady, 45, is playing in his 23rd NFL season. He only played one drive during the preseason, when the Bucs played the Indianapolis Colts. Brady took an 11-day leave of absence from the Bucs due to personal matters in the middle of August.

After almost three quarters – and five field goals – the Bucs and Cowboys finally have a touchdown in the game.

Mike Evans’ acrobatic catch gives Tom Brady his first TD pass on the season.

The Bucs employed an efficient running game, generating 151 yards on the ground. Running back Leonard Fournette posted 21 carries for 127 rushing yards.

Julio Jones, who is playing in his first season with the Bucs after stints with the Tennessee Titans and Atlanta Falcons, recorded three receptions for 69 yards. The Bucs tallied 346 yards of total offense compared to the Cowboys’ 244.

Bucs receiver Chris Godwin exited Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury and did not return. Godwin, 26, recorded three catches for 35 receiving yards and no touchdowns. This was Godwin’s first game since he suffered a torn ACL on Dec. 19, 2021, against the New Orleans Saints. Bucs offensive tackle Donovan Smith also exited with an elbow injury and did not return.

The Bucs travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints next Sunday. The Cowboys stay home to take on the Cincinnati Bengals.

(Photo: Nathan Ray Seebeck / USA Today)

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