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Cowboys-Bucs TNF season-opening game thread!

The 2021 NFL season is finally here!

NFL: AUG 29 Preseason - Buccaneers at Cowboys Photo by Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

There’s professional football again.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are hosting the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night and you can finally talk about a regular season NFL game. Here’s how you can watch, courtesy of our Bucs site BucsNation:

TV: NBC (8:20 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner

On Tampa’s side, the reigning champions bring back all 22 starters on offense and defense from their Super Bowl season, including Tom Brady, Chris Godwin, Mike Evans, Rob Gronkowski, Devin White, Ndamukong Suh, Jason Pierre-Paul, and head coach Bruce Arians.

For the Cowboys, they hope a season of Hard Knocks leads into a more successful regular season than most of what they’ve had in the last 25 years. That will require a healthy season by quarterback Dak Prescott, who will be surrounded by Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, CeeDee Lamb, Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and more. Defensively, Dallas is looking to first round linebacker Micah Parsons as the savior player under new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.

The LA Rams won’t begin play until Sunday night, but they are just three weeks away from facing Brady and the Bucs, so it’s not too soon to start talking about the NFL or preparing for Tampa Bay once again.

Talk about Thursdays, football, Brady, Hard Knocks, and anything else your heart desires in the comments below.