Tom Brady could easily be called the greatest quarterback ever. Just a brief detail of his awards, including seven times Energy Champ and a five-time Super Bowl MVP and a 15-time Pro Bowler. This is just an excerpt from Hall of Famer’s illustrious biography for the first ballot. When he’s eligible to join the Hall of Fame depends on when he decides to suspend him, because when you think he’s going to retire, he isn’t. Why is he retiring if he can still play at the level he is playing at? For the Cowboys Nation, there is still at least another rift in giving the living legend his first loss to the Cowboys.
Losing “the greatest of all time” is much easier said than done. He wouldn’t have all these titles and honors if he wasn’t as good as he is. Although Dallas did not defeat Brady, half of those six meetings were marked with less than one score. One of them happened just last season where Dallas missed out by two points. Dallas was up front, but left plenty of time for Brady, and like so many times before, the “return kid” made his team score a field goal at the last second to win the game.
Speaking of last year’s game, if it wasn’t for a bad night in former kicker Greg Zorlin’s office, this conversation might be moot because Dallas may have defeated Brady and Team pirate last year. Unfortunately, “you’ll own” doesn’t mean reality and record records show another Cowboys loss against Tom Brady.
Not everything should be blamed solely on Zuerlein who lost three kicks, but he definitely feels like it was him. To give credit when it’s due, own it and that’s what you want from someone who has a bad game as you’ll see in this quote from Bleacher Tim Daniels reports:
“If I was there, I gotta do the kicks. No excuses. …I know we played well enough to win. If I did my job, we won that match. I feel bad for the guys out there who played their ass, and I didn’t stop my end of the bargain. If that The team is doing well, getting every player back after winning the Super Bowl, and while we’re there, I just have to do my job.”
A field goal is 60 yards in range, but it’s still a tough request. Sure, Zuerlein missing those kicks didn’t help the cause, but Tampa Bay’s passes dominated Dallas, which isn’t surprising given the weapons Brady had at his disposal. Chris Goodwin, Antonio Brown and Rob Gronkowski all performed well. Mike Evans was on vacation, and he wasn’t needed until Tampa Bay could take the win. That’s how much that offense piled up in last year’s game.
From a defensive standpoint for the Cowboys, it didn’t look good when Tom Brady wasn’t fired throughout the match. However, it wasn’t all bad in defense as Brady was picked twice but allowing close to 400 yards in the air isn’t a recipe for success against any opposing quarterback, let alone Tom Brady.
In his career against Dallas, Brady has 14 touchdowns to just four interceptions, averaging roughly 289 yards per game. His passer rating against Dallas is just a shade below 96 with anything above 95 considered a great midfield player. Playing great quarterback and Tom Brady go together like peanut butter and jelly. However, believe it or not, the Cowboys do average 2.5 sacks in a game against Brady, but none were in last year’s game.
Sacks are very important against Tom Brady.
Everyone knows Brady isn’t exactly a fleet of feet, so getting him off and on goes a long way in helping Dallas win. Dallas has Micah Parsons, as well as DeMarcus Lawrence, as we recently saw DThey stressed their hunger to lead the team in bags. Healthy competition is always a good thing, and it could lead to a long match for Brady.
The Cowboys’ defensive coordinator, Dan Quinn, will cut his business just as any defensive coordinator when he encounters Tom Brady and an assortment of weapons when attacking pirates. But, if anyone is up to the task, it’s Quinn.
He’s one of the best defensive minds in the game today and with players like Lawrence, Parsons and Jayron Kearse at his disposal, there’s a very good chance that Dallas will come out with a win over Brady and the company to start the 2022 NFL season. At the end of the day, we trust Dan Quinn.