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Game thread for Cowboys/Bucs game in just 7 days. Bucs will raise the banner ahead of kick-off.

Prescott will play but his shoulder is not 100 percent. Prescott is NOT vaxed.
Bucs are at 98% vax rate for their team per Arians. I believe they are the highest or second highest vaxed team. This is a HUGE competitive advantage.
Bucs offense should have its way with the Dallas D.
Watch for Brady/AB connection early and often.
 
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Cool stuff from McCarthy on Brady.

Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy: Tom Brady's 'longevity' what's most impressive​

Published: Sep 04, 2021 at 09:37 AM

Grant Gordon
NFL.com Digital Content Editor

Just about every time Tom Brady sets his cleats on a field, he seems to break another record.

When Brady takes the field Thursday to open the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' and the NFL's season against the Dallas Cowboys, he'll tie Drew Brees for the most quarterback starts in a season opener at 19, per NFL Research.

It's one more in an overwhelmingly long list of accomplishments on one of the most decorated resumes in sports history.
For the coach facing Brady on Thursday, it's TB12's ability to win season after season over a career entering its 21st season that's most impressive.

In the previous 20 seasons, Brady's been a part of just one losing season and it was his rookie year when he played in only one game for the Patriots.

"Well, I think, like anything – a lot of things, about his game – but longevity. It's difficult to win a championship in this league," Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy told reporters Friday when asked what he appreciated most of Brady's game. "It's so difficult to win a Super Bowl and the fact that he's won seven is just unbelievable. But I think my personal belief, the biggest challenge in this league is to have continued success. To have success and to play at that level for such a long period of time, to me, I think that's a tremendous quality. And he's living it and he eats it every day. You can just see just the way he goes about it from what you know, from what you hear about, not only his approach and where he is today, but to be able to do it at such a high level for such a long time, that's what I'm impressed with."

At 44, Brady enters his 21st campaign as the reigning Super Bowl Most Valuable Player after captaining the Bucs to a championship win over the Chiefs in February.

Beyond the record-holding seven Super Bowl triumphs mentioned by McCarthy, Brady boasts a 230-69 record as a starter in the regular season. Those 230 wins are also tops in NFL history. He's recorded double-digit wins as a starter for 12-straight seasons – a streak that could realistically be at 18 years if not for Brady's 2008 campaign being cut to one game due to injury.

McCarthy has been to the mountaintop, having coached the Green Bay Packers to a Super Bowl win in the 2010 season. That was part of a string of eight consecutive winning seasons for McCarthy as a coach.

Currently, though, McCarthy is looking to turn the Cowboys around after a 6-10 2020 season that saw the head coach finish with a losing record for a third-straight campaign dating back to a pair of losing years that ended his Packers run.
When you win seven Super Bowls, annual success gets taken for granted and overlooked by most.

For McCarthy, it's not.

Brady's longevity and ability to maintain an elite level are no doubt impressive, but might well be intimidating for a rebuilding Cowboys defense that has some young and inexperienced players in spots.

McCarthy doesn't necessarily view it that way. He thinks facing a talent such as Brady, particularly early in the season, is a valuable experience for a defense that must drastically improve should the Cowboys return to the postseason.

"Frankly, I think it's awesome for our younger players to experience this right out the gate. When you have a chance to play against a championship quarterback; championship quarterbacks are different. They pose a whole different challenge to you," McCarthy said. "When you play the championship quarterbacks, you know that they're always going to be in the game, they're always going to be pressing your defense and they'll definitely factor in the end of the game. I think with that, just as much experience as you can have as a young defender will definitely pay dividends moving forward."

 

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Mike McCarthy with the brilliant, heady take, noting that the fourty-four year old Brady's "longevity" is what's most impressive.

You don't say ... :coffee:
 
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Tom is going to be ranked #1 in The Athletic all time top 100 NFL players. I have to say it is pretty freaking awesome to think OUR QB (yes, he will always be our QB, I don't care if he is in a Tampa uni now) who is still playing for goodness sakes is at the TOP of this kind of list. I have been watching the Pats since the early 80s and never in a million years would I have guessed we would get a QB who during his playing career not 10 or 20 years after he retired but during his career would be at the top of this list.

10 Butkus
9 Johnny Unitas
8 Walter Payton
7 Peyton Manning
6 Joe Montana
5 Reggie White
4 Lawrence Taylor
3 Jerry Rice
2 Jim Brown
1 Tom Brady
 
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huge dallas fan tonight
 
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Mazz, you must be sooooo excited!!!
 

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I am tempted to take the Cowboys in my pool getting 8.5 points but now that Martin is ruled out not sure I will.
 
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I'll be watching the Tom Brady's or some cat that goes by that name nowadays play some sort of football game or something tonight against my better judgment but dammit, it's football season
 
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I am tempted to take the Cowboys in my pool getting 8.5 points but now that Martin is ruled out not sure I will.
8.5 is a huge spread for week one. I have to believe that is based on the Cowboys still not being very good on D and also Dak's injured shoulder. Not having Martin is huge too as he anchors their entire line, especially for their run game.
 
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I'll be watching the Tom Brady's or some cat that goes by that name nowadays play some sort of football game or something tonight against my better judgment but dammit, it's football season
I am just happy to have a real game to watch. Even it wasn't Tampa and some other team, I would be glued to the TV. Football is back on!!
 

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Game thread for Cowboys/Bucs game in just 7 days. Bucs will raise the banner ahead of kick-off.

Prescott will play but his shoulder is not 100 percent. Prescott is NOT vaxed.
Bucs are at 98% vax rate for their team per Arians. I believe they are the highest or second highest vaxed team. This is a HUGE competitive advantage.
Bucs offense should have its way with the Dallas D.
Watch for Brady/AB connection early and often.
You must be all giddy about your TB12...
 
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I want Tampa to win. Not because I like Tampa but I hate the Cowboys.
 
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