By Stephen Ur –
The Dallas Cowboys finished the 2021 season as the NFC East division champions, finishing with a 12-5 record, only to lose in the NFL Wild Card round to the San Francisco 49ers.
This time around, things are much different for Dallas than they were last season. Since the end of the 2021 season, they have lost a few key pieces on both sides of the football. On offense, wide receiver Amari Cooper signed with the Cleveland Browns and right tackle La’El Collins has signed with the defending AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals. Wide receiver Cedrick Wilson also signed a three-year deal with the Miami Dolphins.
On defense, linebacker Randy Gregory signed a five-year, $70 million deal with the Denver Broncos, who also acquired future Hall of Fame quarterback Russell Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks.
They still do have their star quarterback in Dak Prescott and former first-round pick in running back Ezekiel Elliot and offensive coordinator Kellen Moore and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. Prescott threw for 4,449 yards and a career-high 37 touchdowns in 2021. Under Moore and Quinn, Dallas finished with the top offense in the NFL and 19th in total defense respectively.
Dallas will also be looking for more out of another first-round pick in wide receiver Ceedee Lamb. Lamb recorded 74 receptions for 935 yards and five touchdowns. Lamb has been quoted as saying he has “been ready” to be the top receiver for the Cowboys.
The Cowboys begin their 2022 season the same way they began their 2021 season – a Sunday Night Football contest with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This time, the game will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX as opposed to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL, where these two teams met last season.