Tom Brady set to be a regular season underdog for the first time in a long time

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It’s a season of new things for Tom Brady.

He’s playing for the Buccaneers after two decades with the Patriots, so he’s getting used to a new coach, new teammates and new conference as the regular season gets underway. He’ll also get the rare chance to play the role of regular season underdog.

The Saints are favored by 3.5 points in their Week One matchup with the Bucs and, assuming that the Saints remain the favorites, that would mark the first time in a long time that a team quarterbacked by Brady is an underdog in the regular season.

ESPN Stats and Info pegs a Week Two game against the Bills in 2015 as the last time Brady’s team wasn’t favored. That makes 74 straight starts for Brady as a favorite, although Pro Football Reference pushes his run even longer. They have the Patriots’ 2014 Week 13 game against the Packers as the last time Brady’s side was an underdog. The Packers won that game and covered the three-point spread, but Brady and the Patriots beat the Bills in the 2015 contest.

It’s been a long run as a favorite in either case and a new streak seems likely to start when the Bucs host the Panthers in Week Two.

19 responses to “Tom Brady set to be a regular season underdog for the first time in a long time

  1. Tom is going to get his wish; the world will finally see what/who he is sans Bill.
    Bruce Arians is definitely no Bill Belichick, so best of luck, Tom

  2. My prediction is the the grass isn’t going to be greener for either Brady or Belichick. Not saying they’ll be terrible but the Bucs ain’t ever going to be the Patriots and Cam/Stidham ain’t ever going to be Tom Brady.

  3. infectorman says:
    September 10, 2020 at 12:12 pm
    Tom is going to get his wish; the world will finally see what/who he is sans Bill.
    Bruce Arians is definitely no Bill Belichick, so best of luck, Tom


    So he’s not going to know how to run an offense all of a sudden because he doesn’t have BB. Who by the way has NOTHING to do with the offense HIS WORDS! and never has.Tom and Josh install the game plan each week. There is no magical BB “system “
    It’s Ray Perkins and Ernie Zampesie offensive and Brady masters it and evolved it.

    Do people really think he’s going to Tampa and Bruce is going to say “I k ow what you did for the last 18 seasons but now we are going to do something totally different “ NO
    It will be a mixture just like when Manning went to Denver
    The offense looked just like it did in Indianapolis with a few changes.

  4. Pretty funny with people thinking TB is some juggernaut because of a Madden video game.

    The sports takes a lot more than that.

    Last time had no otas, camp or preseason, he had the highest INT% of his career in 2011, and that was with known personnel and a known system.

    lol

  5. Last time had no otas, camp or preseason, he had the highest INT% of his career in 2011, and that was with known personnel and a known system.

    Tom Brady 2011

    Over 5000 yards 39 tds 12 int 105 rating

    Yeah he really sucked it up in 2011

  6. Tampa Bay has an Excellent Front Seven with a Legit Pass rush, they have a Good O-Line, they have the deepest set of Skill position players and a motivated Brady.

    I am not a Bucs fan, but do not doubt these guys.

  7. mogogo1 wrote:

    “My prediction is the the grass isn’t going to be greener for either Brady or Belichick. Not saying they’ll be terrible but the Bucs ain’t ever going to be the Patriots and Cam/Stidham ain’t ever going to be Tom Brady.”

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    This is a given. When you combined the GOAT QB with the GOAT coach, the resulting success is not likely to be duplicated. Brady’s not going to play like the GOAT at 43 (he was showing his age last year), but Belichick has always been one who would rather cut ties with a player a year to soon than a year to late. He’ll keep the Patriots competitive – maybe not at the 6 SB level, but they won’t return to the days of being a laughing stock franchise.

  8. I feel for Arians, seems like such a likeable guy and when this season implodes because Brady doesn’t perform it will all be lumped on Bruce.

  9. He better get used to it! Until Tampa finds an offensive line, Tom will do what Tom does when he is under pressure… Throw INTS, throw the ball away before waiting for route to develop and receiver comes open, and hold it too long and take sacks with those +40 year old legs (which were never very mobile to begin with).
    He will not be able to get rid of the ball quickly like he is used to. BA likes looooong pass patterns and anyone in his system throws a lot of INTs in their first year with him. Winston was not an aberration last year – those who were successful in his offense threw career high pics in their first year in it. Brady lived on those short timing throws which he will have not have the luxury of in Arian’s offense.
    9-7 if they start to click in second half of season at best – and most likely scenario is 6-10 with TB12 finishing season on IR

  10. Brady lived on those short timing throws which he will have not have the luxury of in Arian’s offense.
    9-7 if they start to click in second half of season at best – and most likely scenario is 6-10 with TB12 finishing season on IR

    Again it’s like you people are DUMB!!

    Do You really think he’s going to change what Brady has done for the last 18 years and say now do this ?? NO

    It will be a mix of both that’s why they signed Gronkowski
    That’s Goodwin will be the slot

    Tom Brady will not hold the ball for ever and make bad decisions

  11. The Bucs are last year’s Cleveland Browns. Too much hype because of big names. They will start off 0-1.

  12. It’s Ray Perkins and Ernie Zampesie offensive

    —————————–

    Are the throws in such system to WR behind defenders (high reward/low risk) or in front of defenders (low reward/high risk)?

    Any other QB could score 24+ by throwing to WR in front of defenders? No.

    It is Brady’s system, OK?

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