The truth that Tom Brady and the 2-1 reigning Tremendous Bowl 55 champion Buccaneers are lower than landing favorites in Sunday’s revenge recreation vs. the 1-2 Patriots is laughable. So is any considered Invoice Belichick and New England one way or the other spoiling Brady’s sensible night time with an upset.
The Bucs are coming off a troublesome 34-24 Week 2 highway loss to the Rams in order a lot Brady desires to beat the one NFL crew he has by no means crushed, he additionally desires to get his present crew again on observe in a troublesome NFC playoff seeding race. The Patriots bought stomped by the Saints 28-13 final Sunday, falling to 0-2 at dwelling with Brady’s first-round alternative Mac Jones trying each bit the rookie.
The contrarian will say Belichick is simply at good at rebounding from a loss as Brady has been. Or that inside information of Brady’s elite recreation will enable him to plot a defensive recreation plan to frustrate him like few opponents have ever carried out earlier than.
However primarily based on the preliminary 2020 outcomes of their separation — Brady profitable a Tremendous Bowl in his first season with the Patriots and Belichick seeing his crew miss the playoffs for the primary time in a dozen seasons — all the things else would inform you to facet with the quarterback vs. his former coach, and it is not even shut.
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As a result of Brady and Belichick will not be assembly one another on the sphere, that is actually about how good the Buccaneers are as a crew vs. how not good the Patriots are.
The Buccaneers’ passing recreation is red-hot and borderline unstoppable with Brady when everybody’s wholesome. Large receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin are each enjoying at a excessive stage, however the re-established presence of former Patriots tight finish Rob Gronkowski has bumped up the matchup nightmare. Antonio Brown, one other former Patriots pass-catcher, could return from the COVID-19 record to get on the revenge social gathering, but when not Brady will preserve seeking to younger Tyler Johnson as a complementary deep menace.
The Patriots’ secondary is lacking Stephon Gilmore. Their prime remaining nook, J.C. Jackson, has two interceptions and has lined properly forward of a giant free company payday, however they’re susceptible elsewhere. Former Raven Matthew Judon has added a jolt to the go rush, however the Bucs are robust defending the sides for Brady with offensive tackles Donovan Smith and Tristian Wirfs.
Early, the Patriots have been stingy towards broad receivers and tight ends. However then once more, they’ve performed the questionable pass-catching corps of the Dolphins, Jets and Saints. They are going to be enjoying decide their poison all night time whereas Brady picks them aside, understanding the schematic tendencies of Belichick and the sport of a number of Patriots again seven defenders.
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That you must throw the ball downfield to beat the Buccaneers and outduel Brady. The Patriots are working game-dependent and shall be with out James White, Brady’s long-time dependable security valve. Nelson Agholor, Kendrick Bourne and Jakobi Meyers do not kind sufficient firepower towards an injury-riddled secondary. Neither new costly tight finish, Jonnu Smith nor Hunter Henry, has had a Gronk-like receiving affect to spice up Jones.
Do not forget how impressed Brady’s new teammates shall be to make sure he whips his previous crew. Gronkowski and Brown have their very own private motivation, however the remainder of the pass-catchers, offensive linemen and working backs will not need to let him down.
The protection, which has been maligned early not with the ability to re-create a few of its domination of the Chiefs in Tremendous Bowl 55, will come out flying all around the discipline. The Bucs prefer to name for lots of blitzes below Todd Bowles, however look them to dial again understanding they do not need to create simple one-on-ones vs. their alternative defensive backs. Jones will see many seems to be, with the purpose of the Bucs attending to him with 4 rushers.
Jones did not reply properly when the run was shut down and the Patriots fell into a giant gap towards the Saints. The Bucs can do the identical factor to him with Brady staking them to a giant lead.
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Most “Sunday Evening Soccer” video games are near name with two even groups. This one is a pure scores seize for the sideline drama, with the Adele soundtrack in tow. The matchup itself shall be a lopsided celebration with the Bucs placing away the Patriots and doing it for Brady.
Quarterbacks on emotional nights are inclined to have further gasoline. Brady may have loads of hearth, however he nonetheless will not stray from being cool and picked up within the truth of something Belichick throws at him.
Brady additionally shall be conscious the ultimate go he threw as a Patriot in New England was a pick-six within the wild-card playoffs. In seemingly his final time enjoying the Patriots as an opponent — except he is nonetheless enjoying at age 52 in 2029 — Brady will be sure he leaves his long-time dwelling discipline in fashion.
Brady will lead the Bucs to a giant win not just for the Patriots followers who got here to get one final shut take a look at their beloved GOAT, however for many who additionally resent him for not ending his profession in New England.
This is not like one other Tremendous Bowl, as a result of Brady tends to lose in that recreation every so often. That is the Brady Bowl and there is just one doable consequence: Candy domination by the Buccaneers and a shrug emoji from Belichick.