Jones, who also serves as the Cowboys’ general manager, has to make a decision on starting quarterback Dak Prescott‘s contract situation. The Cowboys have other holes to address, especially on the offensive line, after a disappointing 2020 regular season.
Still, Jones also has reasons to be happy right now. The NFL officially announced a decision that is big news for Jones and the Cowboys.
Jerry Jones’ Cowboys will (kind of) kick off the 2021 NFL season
Although we know which teams will play one another in the 2021 NFL regular season, the league still hasn’t announced most of the details.
What we do know — and this is official — is that Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys will kick off next season. The first football game of the league’s 102nd season will include the Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Well, that is somewhat accurate. The Steelers and Cowboys are tentatively scheduled to play in the 2021 Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, a preseason exhibition Canton, Ohio.
Technically speaking, the Hall of Fame Game is almost always the first game of a new season. Two teams who will primarily play backups and fringe players will compete in a nationally-televised matchup. How fun!
Originally, those two teams intended to play one another at the Hall of Fame Game in August 2020. The coronavirus pandemic wiped out the entire NFL preseason, including the Hall of Fame Game.
Hall of Fame weekend will look much different this year
The 2021 Hall of Fame Game is currently scheduled for Thursday, August 5.
The revamped Hall of Fame week is to thank for that change. The 2020 class — highlighted by Steelers legends Bill Cowher and Troy Polamalu — will officially enter The Hall this year with the 2021 class.
In a marked change from the 2020 NFL season, fans are expected to attend the game. The Hall is currently selling a Fan Party Ticket Package on their official website.
Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys have a big offseason ahead
Star quarterback Dak Prescott is slated to hit free agency in March. Prescott, who played last year on the franchise tag, missed most of the 2020 season with a severe ankle injury.
The Cowboys also currently have pressing needs on the offensive line and on the defensive line. Dallas holds the 10th overall pick in April’s NFL draft.
Only time will tell how many players the Cowboys add at those positions actually participate in the Hall of Fame Game. If the Cowboys retain Prescott and he makes enough progress in his recovery, it’d make sense to give him a drive or two that night.
It is worth noting that the Dallas Cowboys are scheduled to play at Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next year. Don’t be surprised to see the Cowboys become a candidate to play in the league’s preseason and regular-season opener.