We have a perfect matchup to kick off the 2021 NFL season.
One of the most popular franchises in pro sports, facing the greatest QB (player?) of all time. Two fan bases (three, if you count the Pats/closet Brady fans, which I absolutely do) of die-hards with very high hopes for this season. Millions of football fans starving for some NFL action.
Oh, and there’s the hate. Don’t forget the hate.
As popular as Dallas is, it is also one of the most hated franchises as well, run by an evil billionaire, and located in what is currently one of the least progressive states. And as for Tom Brady, he is one of the most hated players too, his every success adding fuel to those fires of hatred, and his team plays in a state that is so regressive, it has long been a punchline to a joke that is no longer funny.
I’m ready for football again.
I’m ready to enjoy the games.
I’m ready to hate the league.
Consider this a preview of what’s to come.
Thursday Night Kickoff
Dallas at Tampa
After capping off their incredible championship run last season, Tampa re-signed ALL of its Super Bowl starters, so we know what we’re getting. Tom Brady, he of the SEVEN RINGS, should get off to a fast start this season, at least compared to last season, when the offense was trying to find a comfort level. With the talent he has around him, I expect to see some explosive offense from Tampa, especially facing Dallas’s suspect defense.
Lots of talk about the return of Dak Prescott, and rightfully so, as he is a top-tier QB who was on a torrid pace last season before he got injured in Week 5 against the hated Giants. Prescott, and the incredible receivers at his disposal, provide the best chance that Dallas has to upset the defending champs at home. Make no mistake; Dallas’s offense will be potent. The problem in this game is that Prescott and Co. will be facing a Tampa defense that has talented playmakers at all levels of the defense, while Brady and his cohorts will face less resistance from Dallas’s D.