Tom Brady blows the game and possibly the Bucs’ hopes of winning the NFC South

I hope Brady makes me eat my words and comes back with a burning passion. I kind of doubt it.

On Monday night, Tom Brady looked like a 43-year-old man trying to play football. He looked like Tim Tebow, without the agility. He looked like Mark Sanchez, without the hilarious butt fumble. He looked like Sam Darnold playing behind the Jets’ offensive line. He looked like Brett Favre when he was on the Jets and Vikings. He looked like… well, he looked like Tom Brady playing a competent football team.

Whatever comparison you want to make, Tom Brady was on in prime time again and played one of the worst halves of football I’ve ever seen a quarterback play (and I had to watch his dreadful performance against the Saints a couple weeks ago). The G.O.A.T. was one-for-nine in the game on passes more than 20 yards down the field, and was nine-for-21 with a pair of interceptions and a touchdown in the second half.

So, yeah, Brady and the Bucs continue to shine in prime time. 1-3 record, with five touchdowns and five interceptions for Brady in those games (and in all honesty it should be 0-4; the Bucs managed to steal that win from the Giants the last time they played on Monday Night Football).

Boy, that’s some clutch stuff right there from the “G.O.A.T.” Honestly, I would say the Rams’ pressure affected him, but that’d be underselling it. The pressure clearly made him freak out and wish he was home in bed with Gisele instead of on a football field. I know that this is still a “new team,” but it’s Week 11 for god’s sake. What do these guys do all week in practice? Record those weird and awkward videos where Brady and Gronk read index cards out loud while trying not to make out with each other on camera? 

It was a pathetic performance to watch, and the shame of it is that Brady managed to steal the all-time TD lead from Drew Brees since Brees is out (and will be out until at least Week 14) with rib injuries. I feel like if you submit such a dud of a performance while breaking a record (even if it’s temporary) while the other guy is dealing with a punctured lung, there should be an asterisk.

But hey, TB12 has been cheating his way to wins for a while. Remember Spygate? How about Deflategate? Or that weird “tuck rule?” He’s in Tampa now. No one gives a shit if the Bucs win, so you actually have to play well. He seems to be just now realizing that. 

He got outplayed (barely) by Jared Goff, who, despite the Rams’ top wideouts Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods making the Bucs’ secondary look as if we cloned Vernon Hargraves a bunch of times and put all of those clones out on the field and told each of them we were running a different coverage (I mean, did you see Carlton Davis get juked off the screen by Kupp?). Goff even managed to throw a pair of interceptions that nearly allowed the Bucs to steal the W. But lucky for him tonight, Goff had Tom Brady and his diminishing ability to thank for the victory.

As for the rest of the defense, at least the front seven looked really good. Jason Pierre-Paul got a pick and the line managed to do its thing against the Rams’ rushing attack, limiting Los Angeles to 37 rushing yards. 

Flat out, the Bucs need to win these types of games. I know I predicted a loss, so I shouldn’t be surprised or upset, but you have to cash in when you get so many chances to win—and one final opportunity for Brady to have a few of those “Brady moments” at the end. Instead we watched the opportunity turn into another interception. I guess it’s a lot harder to get wins when you’re not facing the Bills, Dolphins and Jets six times a year. 

I hope Brady makes me eat my words and come back with a burning passion. I kind of doubt it. 

The Bucs’ take on Kansas City next Sunday; 7-5, here we come. (Maybe Kyle Lowry can come to Tampa and show Brady how to run an offense.)

@ctbrantley12


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