The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got off to a winning start in the 2021 NFL season thanks to some Tom Brady magic as he conjured up yet another late comeback in their 31-29 win. Both sides looked a little rusty but that simply added to the fun as fans were treated to 882 yards of offense and 7 TD’s.
The Buccaneers were strong favourites in this one but their play was uncharacteristically sloppy at times and it was left to the GOAT Tom Brady to rescue the win, with one of his trademark late drives which ended in a field goal and a 31-29 win.
Dallas will feel a little aggrieved having dominated time of possession. However, if you are gifted 5 first downs by penalty and win the turnover battle 4-1 and still lose they you can’t really complain. Their defense didn’t manage a sack all night and Zeke only managed 33 yards rushing!
It’s early days but on this showing, Tampa Bay look worthy favourites for the NFC Super Bowl slot, while Dallas has a good chance of winning the NFC East.
Dak Prescott looked sharp after his injury-enforced layoff. If he keeps this up he will silence any criticism regarding s massive contract. His stats were 42-58 for 403 yards, 3 TD’s & 1 interception
The Cowboys Defense looks a lot better than expected. The lack of pass rush could be a concern, however, they were up against one of the better O-Lines. Their secondary still looks a little suspect though.
Greg Zuerlein was not having a great day and that was not helped by asking him to try a 60 yard Field Goal. Hopefully, his confidence will not be too dented.
Tom Brady had a great night with 4 TDs. He can be excused for the two interceptions, the first was more the receivers fault while the second was a hail mary with 6 seconds left in the first half.
Tampa’s O-Line did its job well giving up no sacks. Are they good or was it the lack of Dallas Pass rush? Hard to tell but they also kept Ezekiel Elliot quiet so we will give them the credit.
The Buccaneers secondary is not deep. they struggled a bit when Murphy-Bunting went off injured.
Tampa begins their divisional games next week at home to Atlanta while Dallas has another tough road game. They face AFC West dark horses the LA Chargers.
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