When the Cowboys square off with the Buccaneers in the NFC Wild Card round on Monday, Dallas star Micah Parsons will have one thing on his mind.
Knocking Tampa Bay and Tom Brady out of the playoffs.
Based on comments from the pass rusher on Thursday, however, it appears that Parsons has another incentive for securing the win – getting to be the last team to beat Tom Brady before his retirement rumors start flowing again.
According to ESPN’s Ed Werder, Parsons told reporters that, “It’s always cool going against Brady because, s***, none of us know when his last game is.”
In terms of what this game means for Parsons and the Cowboys, the Dallas linebacker then added, “So hopefully we get the win & get to be known for being the last [team to beat Brady].”
According to Fanduel Sportsbook’s latest spread, the Cowboys will be favored to do just that. They’re currently 2.5-point road favorites against the Buccaneers for their matchup on Monday.
With that being said, however, Dallas will certainly need to employ a different game plan than they did in their Week 1 loss to Brady’s Bucs.
Though important to note the mid-game injury and departure of usual Cowboys’ starter Dak Prescott, the Dallas offense couldn’t get anything going against a solid Tampa Bay defense.
The Cowboys could only muster 244 total yards on offense in the 19-3 loss, and penalties were a big reason why.
Dallas committed 10 infractions in the Week 1 defeat, setting the stage for a larger problem the remainder of this season. On the year, the Cowboys have committed the eighth-most penalties of all teams in the NFL (104).
Barring another injury, Dallas will have Prescott back under center for Monday night’s rematch. It’s hard to tell if that will be a positive for the Cowboys, though.
Despite missing several games early in the year, Prescott leads the league in interceptions thrown this season with 15. He’s been particularly careless with the ball of late, tossing eight picks over the course of the final five games this season.
Parsons, Prescott and the Cowboys will take on Brady and the Buccaneers on Monday. Kickoff for this NFC Wild Card matchup is set for 8:15 p.m. ET and fans can catch the action on ESPN.
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Publish Date:2023-01-14 01:29:08