Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons believes his team's first two games of the 2022 season - against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cincinnati Bengals - will indicate just how prepared Dallas is for the campaign.

"Seeing Tampa Bay and Cincinnati back to back, that was kinda like the first thing that I saw," Parsons said, according to Grant Gordon of NFL.com. "Bengals (were) in it last year, Super Bowl contender, obviously. Tom Brady and the Buccaneers are always Super Bowl contenders.

"It's a testament to see where our team's at and where we stand at. And I think that's a great start. To (play against) those two Super Bowl teams, Super Bowl-type teams will be big Ws for the Cowboys."

The NFL announced its 2022 schedule Thursday. The league gave Dallas five prime-time games, including the team's season opener against the Bucs.