NFL playoffs |  Tom Brady and the Buccaneers cling to their chances

NFL playoffs | Tom Brady and the Buccaneers cling to their chances

(Glendale) Quarterbacks Tom Brady and Trace McSorley will play for the first time on Christmas Day, Sunday.


This is where the similarities between the two players end.

The Buccaneers (6-8) are having a tough campaign, but are still clinging to a playoff spot as they sit first in the National Conference’s meager South Division. Brady, who is 45, will complete a 331e career start as the Bucs will want to curb a two-game losing streak.

As for McSorley, he won’t just play a first time on Christmas Day. He will make his first NFL start.


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Trace McSorley

The Cardinals (4-10) will look to their third quarter since Kyler Murray and Colt McCoy are injured.

Even if we don’t give much of our skin, McSorley is eager to face the challenge on Sunday.

[Tom] Brady is the greatest of all time, but I focus on what I control. I face the Bucs defense, not Brady. That’s how I see things.

Trace McSorley

“But yes, I am also aware of the fact that I will play against him on my first start. »

The Buccaneers have lost three of their last four games, including a 34-23 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals last weekend. Luckily for them, the Panthers, Saints and Falcons all had their share of trouble too and found themselves one game away from the Bucs at 5-9.

“You get a banner when you’re section champions, whether you’re 17-0 or 4-13,” Bucs head coach Todd Bowles said. Then you focus on the Super Bowl.

“Our goal is to win our section. If we can get there, we’ll move on to the next objective. »

McSorley completed seven of 15 passes for 95 yards and two interceptions after McCoy suffered a concussion in a 24-15 loss to the Denver Broncos last weekend.

Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury expects a better showing from McSorley after a full week of training with the first offensive unit.

“He’s someone who plays with confidence,” Kingsbury said. His teammates react well to that. It is mobile and can move the cover. Yes, he would like to see some passes again, but he also orchestrated some paid streaks.

“I can’t wait to see what he can do with a week of banked training. »

McSorley will be able to count on experienced players around him. Receivers DeAndre Hopkins and Marquise Brown, as well as running back James Conner are expected to be on the field with him on Sunday.

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