It may (officially) be Tom Brady's final season in the NFL. Brady, along with his team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, opened up their season in Arlington against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football.
It was slow to begin for both teams. The Cowboys were able to take an early 3-0 advantage. The Bucs rebuffed them by scoring two goals on their own and led at the end of the first quarter, 6-3. The battle for field goals turned to one-sided play during the second quarter because the Buccaneers defense shut off quarterback Dak Prescott as well as the Cowboys. At halftime, it was 12-3. Brady threw to wide receiver Mike Evans for the touchdown in the third quarter. This widened the Bucs lead. Both teams failed to score during the final quarter and the Bucs prevailed 19-3.
For all other scores and stats, I also did an analysis of all morning and afternoon games.
It was a humiliating effort from the Cowboys at home against the Buccaneers. Dak Prescott suffered an injury during the game and was required to be taken to the locker room. The doctor later confirmed that he had a broken bone within his thumb which requires surgery.
After the loss, Prescott talked about his injury. He stated:
“Yeah It's very sad, but accidents do occur. You can't always control it. It's just unfortunate. I'm sure to be absent some days, or not being there for my team. This is more painful than anything else, particularly after the first game we announced. I wanted to respond , but was not able to respond for several weeks. Yes, it's unfortunate, however, I'll continue to do the same thing I've always done whenever any challenge comes along. Start with the head and I'll try my best and I'm certain that I'll get through this with a better outlook.”
“Thought I had jammed it. I've hit on many people, often in my career, but I've never been anything but the finger was jammed and I thought it was a jammed finger. On the next play, I noticed that I was unable to hold the ball in my hand, and informed the sideline. After I was off, I explained to my trainers exactly the same similar thing. I stated, ‘I'm not able to hold it. I'm sure if you take it off I'll be fine when I went in for X-rays, and they were all different.”
If asked if Prescott's injury could end his season, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones stated:
“You need to consider the fact that, in reality, he's not missing for the season or in any manner. He'll miss a few games, but he's not out for the entire year. We should just try to get into the game to win a few games and show up so that we can get a shot at that playoff once the time is right.”
Cooper Rush will be the interim quarterback for the Cowboys unless they sign someone similar to free player quarterback Cam Newton.