Tom Brady is once again starting at quarterback on the first Thursday of the season.
This time around, it’s not for the team we’re using to seeing him on.
In keeping with the recent tradition of the defending Super Bowl champion getting the season’s first Thursday night spotlight, Brady has usually been front and center. But instead of the New England Patriots, with whom he won six Super Bowl titles, Brady will be under center with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Super Bowl LV winners open the 2021 season with the Dallas Cowboys at Raymond James Stadium at 8:20 p.m. Thursday.
Many experts believe the Buccaneers will once again be at or near the top of the NFL in 2021, alongside their Super Bowl opponent last season, the Kansas City Chiefs. Brady is obviously among the big reasons why — even at age 44, there are very few players that have more of an effect on a team than the surefire NFL Hall-of-Famer. He continues to have a strong core of veteran talent around him — the Bucs are the first Super Bowl-winning team since the institution of the salary cap in 1994 to retain all 22 starters from the season before.
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Meanwhile, the Cowboys are looking for a big bounceback after a very difficult 2020 season. Dallas went 6-10, losing quarterback Dak Prescott for the season with a broken ankle in Week 5. Though the NFC East continues to be perhaps the league’s weakest division, it remains to be seen if Prescott alone can be the spark to push Dallas to the playoffs.
How to watch Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Dallas Cowboys on TV, live stream
Where: Raymond James Stadium
When: 8:20 p.m.
Live stream: Yahoo! Sports
Radio: WXTB 97.9 FM/Bucs Radio network; Sirius XM Channel 88.
Online radio: Buccaneers official app (in Tampa area only)
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