The 2021 NFL season is officially underway with the annual Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio between two of the most iconic teams in league history. Between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys, they both have a combined 11 Super Bowl wins. The tale of these two teams was very different last year but both are trying to rebound after neither of them reached expectations. Let's start with the picture of the Dallas Cowboys heading into the 2021 season.
What TV Channel is the Hall of Fame Game: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Dallas Cowboys on?
Steelers-Cowboys will be shown on FOX at 8:00 p.m. ET. You can live stream NFL Games on fuboTV.
How to Watch Steelers-Cowboys
When: Thursday, August 5 Where: Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium - Canton, OH Time: 8:00 p.m. ET TV: FOX Live Stream: fuboTV (watch NFL free with fuboTV)
The Cowboys had a disappointing season that effectively ended when Dak Prescott went down in Week 5 with a gruesome broken ankle injury that ended his season. By all accounts, Prescott is back at 100 percent and will likely keep this Cowboys offense competitive with just about any other in the league. The Cowboys weren't bad because of their offense last season. Sure, when backup QB Andy Dalton started and got injured himself, they were pretty uninspiring but this team's biggest weakness heading into the offseason was defense. They ranked 28th in the league in points allowed and if they were even average on defense, they probably would have made it to the playoffs even without Prescott.
Remember, Washington won this division last year with a 7-9 record. The NFC East is very much up for grabs this season. The Cowboys got the message though and possibly overcorrected in the 2021 NFL Draft. They hit a homerun with their first-overall pick getting great value at No. 12 Micah Parsons out of Penn State who was projected to go earlier. He has a legit shot at following up Washington's Chase Young for the Defensive ROY. The Cowboys didn't stop there though as their next five picks were also on the defensive side of the ball. The Cowboys looked very much like the Packers did in Mike McCarthy's last season in Green Bay. Can they turn it around in year two of the McCarthy regime with a revamped defense?
As for the Steelers, it was like a tale of two seasons with Pittsburgh. They won their first 11 games and looked like the best team in football. It felt like it was just inevitable that Kansas City and Pittsburgh would square off for supremacy in the AFC Championship. But then the bottom just fell completely out. They lost four of their last five to end the regular season. They still had home field advantage for the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Before you knew it though, inexplicably Cleveland was up 28-0 after just the first quarter and Pittsburgh's season was effectively over right there.
Pittsburgh has been struggling to replicate the true superstars that Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell were for most of the last decade in Pittsburgh. James Conner had shimmers of light but he couldn't stay healthy enough to be that transcendent back. Now he is playing for Arizona. The Steelers drafted Najee Harris out of Alabama and he should be a great addition to this offense to support Ben Roethlisberger who just turned 39 in the offseason. They also resigned JuJu Smith-Schuster but will need another offensive weapon if they are going to avoid the pitfalls of last season. At least they have T.J. Watt who was the AFC Defensive Player of 2020. It is imperative that they resign him and the Steelers mission is to do that before the season starts. Welcome to the 2021 season everyone. It all starts today.
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