The postseason will start in a similar fashion to the regular season for the Dallas Cowboys as they face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Wild Card Round. One difference from the opener is that they will now be in Florida as the 8-9 Bucs won their division and the 12-5 Cowboys came in second behind Philadelphia.
Dallas hopes the outcome will be different as well. In Week 1, their offense never got moving and they lost 19-3. They also lost Dak Prescott for five games afterward as he suffered a thumb injury.
With all that being said, let’s look ahead to the Monday night contest and identify three reasons to believe this one will end differently.
3 reasons the Cowboys will beat Tampa Bay in the Wild Card Round
3. Tom Brady has one foot out the door
For someone who stayed in one place so long, Tom Brady suddenly has some nomadic tendencies. Brady spent 20 years with the New England Patriots before joining Tampa Bay in 2020. He won a Super Bowl that season but now in his third year, it appears he’s ready to move on again.
While the Bucs still have a game on the schedule, the rumors are all about where Brady will play in 2023 — with the Miami Dolphins emerging as a potential landing spot.
The last time Brady was in the playoffs with a potential departure in free agency looming was following the 2019 season with the Pats. They wound up losing 20-13 to Tennessee as Brady had a subpar game with no touchdowns and a pick. If history repeats itself, Dallas can take advantage of a player who is already looking beyond this game.