NFL Kickoff: A Packed Stadium, Two Anthems, And Another Victory For Tom Brady

NFL Kickoff: A Packed Stadium, Two Anthems, And Another Victory For Tom Brady


There was quite a bit for NFL fans to process on Thursday night. After months of waiting, arguing over whether the NFL’s COVID protocols were going too far, we finally got back to football. 

Well, eventually. 

The defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers opened the season at home against the Dallas Cowboys, coming off a 6-10 season. The return of Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott — holding a much-deserved 4-year, $160 million contract — was the focus for many, as was the return of all 22 starters from the Bucs Super Bowl roster. 

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Before kickoff, we were greeted by the familiar tones of Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth. Michaels acknowledged the packed house in Tampa — the official attendance at Raymond James Stadium was 65,566 — which was a major change from the 2020 season that saw little to no fans in all NFL stadiums due to the pandemic. 

The massive crowd comes just days after the college football season kicked off in

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