Tom Brady is going to hit an amazing milestone in the next few weeks. If Brady throws 13 more touchdown passes, he will have thrown more touchdowns in his 40’s than he did in his 20’s. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers expected Brady to hold off Father Time when they signed him in 2020, but very few people could have expected to see Brady playing some of the best football of his life at age 44.
Brady has already racked up nine touchdowns through two games this year, but Tampa Bay will face their stiffest test of the year in Week 3 against the Los Angeles Rams. Somewhat surprisingly, the Bucs are only one-point favorites according to the NFL odds provided by BetMGM.
Will the Buccaneers’ offense slow down once they face a good defense, or will the defending Super Bowl champions keep it rolling? Read on to find out.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Have Two Forgotten Stars
Most people think of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin when they think of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ offense, but two other pass catchers have made a big impact early this season. Antonio Brown and Rob Gronkowski have a combined five touchdowns through two games.
These two players were perennial All-Pros a few years ago. If Brown and Gronkowski can resume playing at a Hall-of-Fame level this season, the rest of the league could be in trouble.
Tampa Bay’s Running Game Is the Team’s Only Weakness
The Buccaneers haven’t had a run longer than 10 yards this season. Lead running back Leonard Fournette has just 82 yards through two games.
While Tampa Bay’s rushing attack isn’t doing anything amazing in 2021, it may not have to do much for the team to succeed. In 2020, the Buccaneers had 42 passing touchdowns, compared to only 16 on the ground. They attempted 626 passes while running the ball 369 times.
If the time comes that the team does have to rely on the run, it will be interesting to see if Fournette or Ronald Jones can be productive.
The Bucs Are on a Historic Tear Offensively
Two games isn’t a lot to go on, so let’s look back at how the Bucs have performed over their past nine games dating back to last year. The Buccaneers have scored 30 or more points in nine straight games, including four playoff games.
No other team in NFL history has scored 30 or more points and won nine straight games. If the Buccaneers were 9-0 this season with 30 or more points in every game, I’d be writing about how they might have the best offense of all time.
The Rams have a good defense, but they just gave up 24 points to a Colts team that’s going nowhere fast. I see no reason why the Buccaneers can’t keep up the scoring in Week 3 and beyond.
Tampa Bay Offensive Trends With Tom Brady
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers returned all 22 starters from a championship team, and they seem to have picked up right where they left off in February. This weekend, the game against the Rams will be a big test, followed by a massive showdown between Brady and Bill Belichick in New England on Sunday Night Football. These next two weeks should tell you everything you need to know about the Bucs’ ability to keep up the scoring.
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