Late bye has fueled Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl run

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With no offseason program or preseason, the Buccaneers weren’t as prepared for the 2020 regular season as they could have been. It showed early on, as the Buccaneers developed a habit of falling behind in games.

The Bucs won three in a row after a Week One loss to the Saints, lost on a Thursday night, and won three more. But then came the buzzsaw, with the 6-2 Bucs losing badly at home to the Saints, 38-3, and otherwise landing in a 1-3 slump.

Enter the bye in Week 13. Along with the Panthers, it was the latest week off of the year. So what did they do during the extra time off?

“Just a little bit of looking inside and knowing this is a really good football team,” Arians told reporters on Monday. “We lost some close games to some really good teams. And we have to find a way to win. And it’s gonna take everybody. There’s things that are gonna happen, but if everybody digs a little bit deeper, we’ll figure out ways to win games. And once we get it going, we’re gonna be hard to stop.”

It worked. The Buccaneers have gone from 7-5 to 7-0, counting three straight road postseason wins.

Now, they’ll return home, a place where the Buccaneers went only 5-3 this year (they’re 9-2 as the visiting team). They lost at home to, coincidentally (not ironically), the Chiefs in the last game before the bye.

The Super Bowl rematch gives the Bucs a chance to finish an 8-0 run since winning seven of 12 in the best way possible — by securing the franchise’s second Super Bowl win in team history. The bad news is that they won’t be playing a team from which the head coach had just been traded. The good news is that the quarterback isn’t Brad Johnson but Tom Brady.

35 responses to “Late bye has fueled Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl run

  1. also the awakening of Leonard Fournette. Its almost like not getting the ball much in the regular season has sent him into the playoffs fresh and hungry. That cut back double spin move TD run was spectacular.

  2. Have I mentioned the Brady CRYBABIES were WRONG about everything they said in the off-season?

  3. I never liked the Patriots, their owner or head coach, but am very happy to see Tom Brady make it to SB 55 in his older years without Kraft or Belichick getting the credit.

  4. Tom needs to prove nothing but the whole world is betting against the bucs. If Tom were to beat the mighty Chiefs it might ease the pain of the 2007 18-1 disaster.

  5. Bucs defense has been the best part of their team in the playoffs. Bailed out Brady and offense after turnovers and given many shortfields.

  6. The Buccaneers managed to hold on despite Brady and his 3 interceptions, mainly because of their defense. They won’t have the same luck against Reid and the Chiefs.

  7. Playing the Minnesota Vikings didn’t hurt either-or was the game with the Minnesota Vikings a bye week?!?!?!?!?!

  8. The first touchdown from Brady to Evans looked similar to the ‘touchdown’ pass Brady threw to Brees’ kid after the Saints/Bucs game, except in the opposite corner of the end zone.

  9. The Tampa defense carried Tom to the SB. Tampa defense dismantled Brees and Rodgers and they have a chance against Mahomes without his starting left tackle.

  10. simms still can’t bend the knee. claims rogers has to be perfect for his team to have a chance while brady can rely on being surrounded by talent. simms will never get over being the water boy in NE

  11. How fun is it to bet the money line with Tom Brady lead Bucs. Bet against the best ever with a good coach and team around him at your own peril. Chiefs are next.

  12. Gave the Pack every chance with those picks. Give those to the Chiefs and you will lose.

  13. Bye weeks can be quite advantageous. Never been a fan of spreading them out. I would suggest one bye week for all teams at the same time..perhaps after 8 games. MLB, NHL, NBA all have all star games and take a break during season. Same week byes are fair for everyone.

  14. This is Tom Brady’s 10th super bowl. Did he have a late season bye week the other nine times? I don’t really think the late bye week had a thing to do with the fact that Brady gets his team to the super bowl just about every year.

  15. otheirony says:
    January 25, 2021 at 4:35 pm
    Bye weeks can be quite advantageous. Never been a fan of spreading them out. I would suggest one bye week for all teams at the same time..perhaps after 8 games. MLB, NHL, NBA all have all star games and take a break during season. Same week byes are fair for everyone.
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    100% Agree. Having a week 5 bye is silly, almost useless. Having a week 13 bye is a big advantage.

    If you didn’t want to have just one bye (and thus, a week mid-season without football), you could spread it over 2 or 3 weeks (weeks 9 & 10, for example).

  16. aarons444 says:
    January 25, 2021 at 4:30 pm
    Hope the Chiefs give them a beatdown, ’89 9er style

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    Of course. That’s all Brady left you with. A prayer.

  17. KC is an easy bet to put up a 40 spot. If Brady throws 3 picks it might be 50 plus. No way Bucs stay with KC, and a Head Coach that won’t give the game away like the french canadian in GB.

  18. This year a later bye probably helped as it was obvious a number of players were rounding into form (i.e.., shape) during the season as the normally light training camp went to non existent

  19. sweetness says:

    January 25, 2021 at 2:06 pm

    Bucs defense has been the best part of their team in the playoffs. Bailed out Brady and offense after turnovers and given many shortfields.

    It’s funny, few are giving the Packers’ defense any credit. The difference between Brady & Rodgers is that Rodgers did nothing with the 3 picks his defense gave him. Brady on the other hand, turned the pick & the forced fumble by his defense into 7-points.

  20. “100% Agree. Having a week 5 bye is silly, almost useless. Having a week 13 bye is a big advantage.

    If you didn’t want to have just one bye (and thus, a week mid-season without football), you could spread it over 2 or 3 weeks (weeks 9 & 10, for example)”

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    I really like that idea. Maybe have all 32 teams take their bye over a four week period (weeks 7-10?). Everyone in the same division would have the same bye week. The NFL schedule is all about symmetry other than the current bye week situation. That plan would be more in sync with the rest of the schedule structure, and would also be more equitable.

  21. Tom Brady says:
    January 25, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    I’m not the GOAT, Aaron Rodgers is.
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    Well said Tom.

  22. As a Bucs fan…Mahomes is different. Our defense is going to get pressure on him, but the second that first guy doesn’t bring him down the field is instantly a meerkat colony when a cobra shows up. Instant pucker-level terrifying. I hope Shaq Barrett gets there first a lot…with his fully functional set of hands.

  23. It’s true the Bucs D has carried them but let’s review who they faced: Injured & old Alex Smith, Injured & old Drew Brees, old and then gun-shy Aaron Rodgers…let’s not anoint them just yet. That said, Barrett & JPP are monsters!

  24. jjackwagon says:
    January 26, 2021 at 9:41 am
    It’s true the Bucs D has carried them but let’s review who they faced: Injured & old Alex Smith, Injured & old Drew Brees, old and then gun-shy Aaron Rodgers…let’s not anoint them just yet. That said, Barrett & JPP are monsters!

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    Lest we forget the juggernauts that are Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen (I actually like Josh and think he’s a tough game plan) vs Brees and Rodgers. Brady will never get credit for running an offense.

    KCs defense has been spectacular thus far but no one seems to think it benefits Mahomes. Or having one of the best TE and one of the best WR in his career doesn’t help. Mahomes is a stud and wish he was my QB but will be interesting to see how the offense goes when he doesn’t have a TE and WR that both demand double coverage. Credit to Reid and GM too

  25. Brady has not made it to 10 SBs as a starting QB. The next closest is 4. Brady has done twice what not other QB could do even once. Yeah the guy is a bum.

  26. Brady will throw some meaningless late game TDs in the SB against a prevent defense and you guys will swear he did ssomething special. No, he lost.

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