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Cowboys kicker melts down during first half of NFL Thursday opener against Buccaneers

If the Dallas Cowboys had one massive drawback in the course of the first half of their opener in Tampa on Thursday evening, it was undoubtedly their kicking recreation. Cowboys kicker Greg Zuerlein missed two discipline targets and an additional level throughout a primary half that ended with Dallas trailing Tampa Bay 21-16. 

For Zuerlein, the difficulty began within the second quarter. After the Cowboys drove right down to Tampa Bay’s 13-yard line, Mike McCarthy had a choice to make together with his workforce going through fourth-and-3. At that time within the recreation, the Cowboys have been trailing simply 14-7, so McCarthy determined to ship his kicker out for a 31-yard discipline purpose try, a kick that’s shorter than an additional level. 

McCarthy in all probability regretted his resolution nearly instantly after Zuerlein acquired off an unsightly kick that missed strategy to the left. 

To place into perspective how uncommon it’s to overlook a kick from that vary: 9 kickers missed a discipline purpose of 31 yards or much less in 2020 and 6 of these 9 aren’t on an lively roster heading into Week 1 of this yr.

Thankfully for the Zuerlein , the missed discipline purpose truly ended up figuring out for Dallas as a result of the Buccaneers ended up turning the ball over one play later when Ronald Jones misplaced a fumble. 

5 performs after the fumble, the Cowboys capitalized on the turnover when Dak Prescott hit Amari Cooper for a 5-yard landing. Nevertheless, the TD celebration was short-lived as a result of Zuerlein missed the additional level (It hit off the left upright) that left the Cowboys trailing 14-13. 

At that time, NBC sideline reporter Michele Tafoya famous that she talked to Zuerlein earlier than the sport and that “he did not appear that assured,” which ended up being an indication of issues to return for the Cowboys. 

On the finish of the half, Zuerlein additionally missed a 60-yard try, however contemplating there was just one profitable discipline purpose of 60 yards or extra in your entire NFL final offseason, it wasn’t an enormous shock that Zuerlein missed the kick. General, he he went 1 of three on discipline targets within the first half and 1 of two on further factors. 

The sport in opposition to the Buccaneers was simply the second recreation that Zuerlein performed on this yr, together with the preseason. Because of offseason again surgical procedure, the kicker missed the Cowboys’ first three preseason video games and ended up solely enjoying of their preseason finale. 

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