Tom Brady, Buccaneers cruise to win over Cowboys as Dak Prescott has offensive troubles
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The Dallas Cowboys couldn’t get anything going on offense, while Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady led the way to a 19-3 victory in Arlington on Sunday Night Football.
Brady struggled to find the end zone. Ryan Succop was called upon to kick five field goals, with four of them going between the uprights. But Brady finally cashed in his 625th touchdown of his career, a perfectly-placed fade to wide receiver Mike Evans to the back left of the end zone, which Evans hauled in one-handed.
That score made it 19-3, pulling away from the Cowboys who didn’t have any rhythm with the ball in their hands under quarterback Dak Prescott.
Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers throws against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half at AT&T Stadium on September 11, 2022, in Arlington, Texas.
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Tampa Bay’s defense was all over his receivers and they stopped Ezekiel Elliott from running the ball at them. Prescott had to make the throws.
He would finish the night just 14-for-29 for 134 yards with no touchdowns and an interception that Antoine Winfield Jr. snatched in the first half.
Prescott would also leave the game in the fourth quarter after his hand hit the hand of Bucs linebacker Shaquil Barrett. Later, it was revealed that Prescott needed surgery on his thumb. He is now out indefinitely.
As for Brady, he finished the night going 18-for-27 with that touchdown and an interception of his own. Not his best night, but running back Leonard Fournette certainly helped him out, rushing for 127 yards on 21 carries.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) rolls out of the pocket in the first half of a NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022.
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The Bucs did show why they loved signing Julio Jones this offseason as well. Jones looked great despite the fact that some thought his best days were behind him after a disappointing season with the Tennessee Titans.
Jones caught three passes for 69 yards, including a deep bomb from Brady toward the end of the first half that Jones dove to catch. He was also used on end-arounds, taking two carries for 17 yards.
Evans was the top pass catcher with five for 71 yards. Chris Godwin was used sparingly with just three catches for 35 yards. He tore his ACL in Week 15 of last season. The Cowboys dropped their season opener Sunday in the NFC East. Next week, they will be at home to face the Cincinnati Bengals. They lost in overtime to the Steelers in Week 1.
Tampa Bay will stay on the road, heading to New Orleans to face a division rival, the Saints, next Sunday as well.
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