Tom Brady can simply be known as the best quarterback of all-time. Just a short breakdown of his accolades embrace seven-time Super Bowl champ, five-time Super Bowl MVP, and 15-time Pro Bowler. That is only a snippet of the sure-fire first poll Hall of Famer’s illustrious résumé. When he’s eligible for the Hall of Fame will depend on every time he decides to dangle it up, as a result of simply while you assume he’s retiring, he’s not. And why would he retire if he can nonetheless play at the stage he’s taking part in at. For Cowboys Nation, there’s nonetheless at the very least another crack at giving the residing legend his first loss to a Cowboys group.
Giving the “greatest of all-time” a loss is way simpler stated than executed. He wouldn’t have all these nicknames and accolades if he wasn’t pretty much as good as he’s. Although Dallas hasn’t overwhelmed Brady, half of these six conferences that have been determined by lower than one rating. One of which occurred simply final season as Dallas got here up quick by two factors. Dallas had the lead, however left an excessive amount of time for Brady, and similar to many instances earlier than, the “comeback kid” received his group down area for a last-second area purpose to win the recreation.
Speaking of final 12 months’s recreation, if it weren’t for a nasty evening at the workplace for former kicker Greg Zuerlein, then this dialog would could possibly be moot as Dallas might need overwhelmed Brady and the Buccaneers final 12 months. Unfortunately, “would haves” don’t equate to actuality and the document books present one other loss for the Cowboys towards Tom Brady.
Not the whole lot ought to be solely blamed on Zuerlein lacking three kicks, however he actually feels prefer it was on him. To give credit score the place credit score is due, he owned it and that’s what you need from somebody who had a nasty recreation as you will see on this quote from Bleacher Report’s Tim Daniels:
“If I’m out there, I should make the kicks. No excuses. … I know we played well enough to win. If I did my job, we win that game. I feel bad for the guys in there that played their ass off, and I didn’t hold up my end of the deal. If the team that that’s good, returning every player after a Super Bowl victory, and we’re right there, I just have to do my job.”
A 60-yard area purpose is in his vary, however continues to be a troublesome ask. Zuerlein lacking these kicks actually didn’t help the trigger, however Tampa Bay’s go catchers flat out dominated Dallas, which isn’t any shock given the weapons Brady had at his disposal. Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown and Rob Gronkowski all performed nicely. Mike Evans had an off evening, and he wasn’t even wanted to ensure that Tampa Bay to choose up the win. That’s how stacked this offense was in final 12 months’s matchup.
From a Cowboys defensive perspective, it’s not a very good look when Tom Brady was not sacked all recreation. However, it wasn’t all unhealthy on protection as Brady was picked off twice however permitting virtually 400 yards in the air isn’t a recipe for achievement towards any opposing quarterback, not to mention Tom Brady.
In his profession towards Dallas, Brady has 14 touchdowns to solely 4 interceptions with a mean of just about 289 passing yards a recreation. His passer score towards Dallas is only a shade below 96 with something above 95 being thought-about nice quarterback play. Great quarterback play and Tom Brady goes collectively like peanut butter and jelly. Believe it or not nevertheless, the Cowboys do common 2.5 sacks a recreation towards Brady, however none of which got here in final 12 months’s recreation.
Sacks are essential towards Tom Brady.
Everyone is aware of Brady isn’t precisely fleet of foot so getting him off his spot and off rhythm goes a good distance in serving to Dallas obtain victory. Dallas has Micah Parsons, in addition to DeMarcus Lawrence, who as we noticed not too long ago discussed their hunger to lead the team in sacks. A wholesome competitors is all the time a very good factor, and it may make for an extended recreation for Brady.
Cowboys’ defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, will have his work minimize out for him similar to any defensive coordinator would once they face Tom Brady and the assortment of weapons on offense for the Buccaneers. But, if anybody is up to the activity, it’s Quinn.
He is considered one of the greatest defensive minds in the recreation right now and with guys like Lawrence, Parsons, and Jayron Kearse at his disposal, there’s a superb probability Dallas comes away with the victory towards Brady and firm to kick off the 2022 NFL season. At the finish of the day, in Dan Quinn we belief.