Why the Patriots have zero probability to beat Tom Brady, Buccaneers in revenge recreation
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 someway spoiling Brady’s good evening with an upset.
The Bucs are coming off a troublesome 34-24 Week 2 street loss to the Rams in order a lot Brady desires to beat the one NFL staff he has by no means crushed, he additionally desires to get his present staff again on observe in a troublesome NFC playoff seeding race. The Patriots obtained 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 data of Brady’s elite recreation will permit him to plan a defensive recreation plan to frustrate him like few opponents have ever achieved earlier than.
However based mostly on the preliminary 2020 outcomes of their separation — Brady successful a Tremendous Bowl in his first season with the Patriots and Belichick seeing his staff miss the playoffs for the primary time in a dozen seasons — all the pieces else would let you know to facet with the quarterback vs. his former coach, and it isn’t 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 staff 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 taking part in at a excessive degree, 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, might return from the COVID-19 checklist to get on the revenge occasion, but when not Brady will hold trying to younger Tyler Johnson as a complementary deep risk.
The Patriots’ secondary is lacking Stephon Gilmore. Their high remaining nook, J.C. Jackson, has two interceptions and has coated effectively forward of a giant free company payday, however they’re susceptible elsewhere. Former Raven Matthew Judon has added a jolt to the move rush, however the Bucs are sturdy 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 taking part in choose their poison all evening 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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It is advisable 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 outdated staff. Gronkowski and Brown have their very own private motivation, however the remainder of the pass-catchers, offensive linemen and working backs will not wish 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 everywhere in the area. The Bucs prefer to name for lots of blitzes below Todd Bowles, however look them to dial again understanding they do not wish to create simple one-on-ones vs. their alternative defensive backs. Jones will see many seems, with the aim of the Bucs attending to him with 4 rushers.
Jones did not reply effectively 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 Night time Soccer” video games are near name with two even groups. This one is a pure rankings 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 additional gasoline. Brady can have loads of fireplace, 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 move he threw as a Patriot in New England was a pick-six within the wild-card playoffs. In possible his final time taking part in the Patriots as an opponent — until he is nonetheless taking part in at age 52 in 2029 — Brady will make certain he leaves his long-time dwelling area in type.
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 on occasion. That is the Brady Bowl and there is just one doable final result: Candy domination by the Buccaneers and a shrug emoji from Belichick.