Sunday Night Football Preview: Bucs @ Patriots
This week's Sunday Night Football matchup is a doozy. I don't think it's too farfetched to say that this is one of the most significant regular season games in the history of the NFL. Tomorrow night, the Tampa Bay Bucs will face off against the New England Patriots in Foxboro. This marks the first time Tom Brady will be returning to Gillette Stadium to face his old squad.
The major storyline in this one is simple: Brady vs. Belichick. The greatest player in NFL history versus the greatest head coach in NFL history. The Bucs are a much better team than the Pats right now. Everyone knows that. The question with this game is how will the emotions affect the play on the field.
What makes Tom Brady the greatest quarterback of all time? He isn't fast. He isn't exceptionally strong. He doesn't have a monster arm. One look at his combine photo shows you he doesn't necessarily have the prototypical NFL player physique...
What makes Tom Brady so good are his competitive drive, his work ethic, and his intelligence. He has been very open that he wants to be the first NFL player to play until 50 years old. The craziest thing about that statement? He could do it! Is there anything lacking in his game now that he had ten years ago? No, and you could even argue he has added more to his bag in that time.
This isn't my typical primetime game blog where I'm going to talk about x's and o's or personnel or game scheme. For me this game comes down to one thing and one thing only: Tom Brady is playing against his old team for the first time on National television. This is the team that didn't resign him. This is the management group that wanted the future to be Jimmy Garappolo. Above all else, Brady is petty. He has that Michael Jordan in him. He takes everything as a slight, and everything is personal. I'll leave it at that.
My pick : Bucs -7
This is all feel. I cannot see a scenario in which Brady doesn't put on an absolute spectacle in Foxboro. Seven points on the road is a lot for any team, I get it, but we have Tom Brady vs. Mac Jones. The Bucs front four vs. New England's offensive line. Maybe I'm just conditioned after the last twenty years, but the bottom line is: you don't make a ton of money betting against Tom Brady in big games. Give me Tampa and take the points. W'ere all in for a treat tomorrow night regardless of the outcome.