Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Bucs
In this Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) hands off the ball during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Houston Texans in Houston. (AP Photo/Justin Rex, File)

Cowboys vs Bucs The Pick, Sept. 9

The wait is finally over folks. Football season is back and we kick the season off with a Thursday night game with the defending champs and America’s team. The NFL is kicking off the season with a great game in this one. On one side you have arguably the greatest QB of all time, Tom Brady, beginning the defense of his seventh championship with a cabinet full of pro bowl weapons returning to his disposal. The Bucs return a large part of one of the league’s top defenses as well. The Cowboys are looking to stay healthy this season, and if they do, the sky could be the limit for this offense that is loaded with talent. Dallas addressed some of their defensive shortcomings by selecting Micah Parsons in the first round of last April’s draft. This one should be entertaining, but can Tom Brady continue to defy Father Time and play at a high level, and can the Cowboys stay healthy enough to return to the playoffs?

Brady’s Bucs:
The names on this Bucs team make this them flat-out scary on both sides of the ball again this season. Tom Brady is another year older and the questions continue to swirl if he can still do it, but don’t tell him that. We all know he doesn’t need any more motivation to wreak havoc on the league. The offense basically returns everyone, and it’s absolutely loaded with pro bowlers and future hall of famers. Last season, it took a bit of time for this offense to get going, but once they got it together, we saw there was no team that could stop them. Now with a fully healthy Brady and a year of playing time behind them, it is clear why the Bucs are one of the favorites to make it to the Super Bowl. The Bucs opened as a six point favorite and now, on the eve of the season opener, the line has grown to -8.

Welcome back, Dak
There is hope again for Cowboys fans. Andy Dalton has signed with Chicago and Dak is back from his gruesome leg injury. The offense looks to pick up where it left off when Dak was at the helm. Although, that might have to wait as a majority of the offense is coming back from injury. With an off-season full of recovery and a new injury to Dak, the reps have been extremely limited for this Dallas offense. They have played together for a good chunk of time, so getting up to speed may not take as long, but it’s hard to see them being sharp right off the bat since Dak hasn’t thrown many meaningful passes over the last eight months. An offense that will need a bit of time to get up to speed, going against one of the best defenses in the league could turn into a long, frustrating day for the Boys. Add a Covid outbreak and you have the cherry on top of what could be a long game for Dallas.

Bucs vs. Cowboys: The Pick
Look for the Cowboys to be somewhat limited in what they can do on the offensive end. With Dak seeing limited reps, the Cowboys could find it difficult to stretch the field here. The Bucs returned almost their entire defense and it was the top rushing defense last season, so the likelihood of Zeke being able to bail them out is unlikely. Take the Bucs -8, Dallas won’t be able to do enough on offense to keep up.

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