According to Bleacher Report senior writer Master Tesfatsion, the Bucs will open the NFL season against the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday, Sept. 9. The Bucs have since confirmed that report.
Tesfatsion also reported that Tom Brady’s return to New England will occur in Week 4 on Sunday Night Football. The Patriots remain the only team Brady has never beaten in his NFL career due to never playing against them. If Brady can overcome Bill Belichick, he’ll become the fourth quarterback in league history to beat every team, joining Brett Favre, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees.
Sources: Patriots will host the Bucs in Week 4.
Tom Brady returns to New England to face Bill Belichick on Sunday night.
The season opener should be an intriguing matchup between two of the best offenses in the NFL. Dak Prescott’s return from a gruesome season-ending ankle injury a year ago against Tom Brady seeking an eighth Super Bowl title at 44 years old will be a square-off with plenty of storylines. The game will also feature a battle between the best two receiving corps in the NFL, as Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown and Scotty Miller line up on one side while Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup align on the other.
On the other hand, the NFL is banking on the Cowboys turning things around quickly after an injury-riddled 6-10 season that featured one of the league’s worst defenses in Dallas. The Cowboys haven’t made the playoffs in two seasons, but are a popular pick to contend in 2021 due to the return to health of several key players.
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We'll open the season at home against the Cowboys on Thursday, Sept. 9. #GoBucs
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