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It’s time for PewterReport.com’s 2-Point Conversion post-game column, which features two statements, two questions and two predictions based on the latest Bucs game. After getting swept by New Orleans earlier in the season, Tampa Bay finally beat the Saints, 30-20, to advance to the NFC championship game. The Bucs’ aggressive defense created four key takeaways, including three interceptions of Drew Brees, while Tom Brady scored three touchdowns and protected the ball in the long-awaited victory.

2 BIG STATEMENTS

STATEMENT 1. Bucs Deliver Knockout Blow To Brees, Saints

It’s over.

The Saints’ stranglehold grip on the NFC South – it’s over.

Years of Drew Brees’ mastery over the Buccaneers – it’s over.

After four years of winning the division and digging a salary cap grave to try to win the NFC en route to the Super Bowl only to come out short each and every time – it’s over.

Instead of the Saints traveling to face the Green Bay Packers next Sunday in the NFC Championship Game it will be a feisty, scrappy, red-hot Buccaneers team that is coming together at just the right time – thanks to a 30-20 victory at New Orleans in Brees’ final game.

Saints QB Drew Brees

Saints QB Drew Brees – Photo by: USA Today

In a game that was reminiscent of the 2002 NFC Championship Game at Philadelphia from an emotional standpoint when the Bucs finally vanquished the Eagles, their personal tormentor back in the day and shutting the Vet down in grand style – Tampa Bay ended a five-game losing streak to New Orleans and kicked off the Brees Retirement Party earlier than the star quarterback and the Saints expected.

The Bucs served notice that the NFC South will now run through Tampa Bay in 2021, and the salary cap-strapped Saints won’t be winning the division for a fifth straight year come next season.

The Bucs proved that the third time was indeed the charm, and they finally beat the bully on Sunday. Not only did they beat the Saints, they beat them up, too.

Cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting recorded the first of three Brees interceptions, shoving wide receiver Michael Thomas, who was held to zero catches by smothering press-man coverage all night, aside on his INT return. That set up a touchdown grab by Mike Evans, who was held to one catch, but Evans fought off a clingy Marshon Lattimore for a leaping, 3-yard score that gave Tampa Bay a 10-6 lead early in the second quarter.

Offensive linemen Ryan Jensen and Ali Marpet beat up linebacker Alex Anzalone and pushed around the Saints’ front seven to help pave the way for 127 yards on the ground with New Orleans native Leonard Fournette rushing for 63 yards on 17 carries (3.7 avg.) and Ronald Jones running for 62 yards on 13 carries (4.8 avg.).

Outside of a false start, right guard Aaron Stinnie, who was getting his first NFL start in place of Alex Cappa, played flawlessly up front, while left tackle Donovan Smith exorcised his demons against New Orleans and shut down Trey Hendrickson, Marcus Davenport and Carl Granderson. Rookie right tackle Tristan Wirfs continued to own Cameron Jordan, rendering the Pro Bowl defensive end nearly invisible with just four tackles.

Murphy-Bunting wasn’t the only physical defender dishing out punishment and retribution in New Orleans. Inside linebacker Devin White returned to the lineup with a vengeance after missing two games with COVID-19 to record a game-high 11 tackles, in addition to a key fumble recovery in the third quarter after rookie safety Antoine Winfield, Jr. knocked the ball out of tight end Jared Cook’s hands. White advanced the fumble 18 yards to the New Orleans 40-yard line to help set up Fournette’s 6-yard touchdown catch to tie the game at 20-20.

After the Bucs built a 23-20 lead late in the fourth quarter, White stepped in front of running back Alvin Kamara to record his first interception of the year and returned it 28 yards down to the New Orleans 20, shoving Saints receiver Marcus Callaway out of the way with a vicious stiff arm. That huge interception led to Tom Brady’s 1-yard touchdown plunge that put the game away.

Bucs LB Devin White

Bucs LB Devin White – Photo by: USA Today

“It was great,” Bucs head coach Bruce Arians said. “ Just to see Devin make those plays – that’s what he’s capable of making. Everybody was criticizing how he can’t cover anybody – I think he just proved that he can.”

Reserve safety Mike Edwards sealed the win with his third interception of the season and the third against Brees on Sunday night.

At the end of the game there was no yapping from C.J. Gardner-Johnson or Lattimore. There was no flexing from Thomas. Jameis Winston’s gimmick touchdown pass on a trick play against his former team didn’t matter.

And there were tears of sadness in Brees’ eyes as he lost his final game in the worst way imaginable. Four straight playoff appearances by the Saints and not one appearance in the NFC championship game.

Any tears on Tampa Bay’s sidelines were tears of joy in New Orleans. After finally beating the bully, the Bucs are going to Green Bay to play in the NFC championship game.

“It’s a different football team than that [38-3 loss to New Orleans],” Arians said. “I try to tell everybody that – nobody wants to believe me. This is what we’re capable of playing. Defensively, we’ve had some rough spots at times, but we’ve had some really, really good times. This was one of the best times.”

STATEMENT 2. Brady Played The Near-Perfect Game He Needed To Play

In two previous losses to New Orleans earlier in the year, Tom Brady had thrown just two touchdowns and five interceptions while Drew Brees had thrown six touchdowns with no picks. That had to change on Sunday night in New Orleans for the Bucs to prevail – and it did. Not only did Tampa Bay’s defense force four takeaways, but Brady played the turnover-free game he needed to play.

“Going into the game, we knew all week we had to protect the football,” Bucs head coach Bruce Arians said. “Protect the quarterback, protect the football and take it away. That was the outcome of the game [and] that was what decided the game. It was going to be the turnovers and we talked about it all week.”

Bucs QB Tom Brady

Bucs QB Tom Brady – Photo by: USA Today

Brady struggled early against a stingy Saints secondary, completing just 10-of-21 passes for 93 yards and one touchdown by halftime. He would finish the game completing 18-of-33 passes for 199 yards and two passing scores, while his 1-yard touchdown on a QB sneak with 4:57 left in the fourth quarter increased Tampa Bay’s lead to 10 points and produced the final score, 30-20.

“The defense was incredible all game,” Brady said. “The turnovers were huge. Last time we played them, we lost the turnover [margin], minus three. Today was plus four – you’re not going to lose many games when you’re plus four. Just a great effort – they came up huge. Offensively, made some plays when we needed to. The running game was great, the line protected great up front – just a great week of prep. Really proud of our team and everything we put in to get to this point. There’s only four teams left – we’re one of them.”

Winning the turnover battle, 4-0, was key for Tampa Bay’s victory in New Orleans. After being sacked a total of six times in the first two losses, Brady was only sacked once, which was early in the first quarter. The Bucs offensive line did a remarkable job of giving Brady time to throw and helping Tampa Bay’s ground game rush for 127 yards against the league’s fourth-ranked rushing defense.

“Just winning our one-on-one battles,” Bucs left tackle Donovan Smith said. “We knew what it was going to be coming into the game and we just had to win our one-on-one battles – them versus us. Obviously, we came out on top. I tell you guys all the time – I rock with my guys all the time [and] they stepped up big. Big shout out to the defense – I think it was four turnovers. Any time you do complementary football to get turnovers and can come back and score and put points on the board, it’s huge.”

2 PROBING QUESTIONS

QUESTION 1: What Was The Key Stat In Tampa Bay’s Win At New Orleans?

Scoring 30 points. Offensive play-caller Byron Leftwich didn’t call his best game of the year by far, but Tampa Bay’s offense faced the best defense it has gone against since Kansas City’s the week before the bye week in New Orleans. The Bucs only managed 314 yards of total offense but scored 30 points, including 21 off Saints turnovers on Sunday.

Bucs QB Tom Brady

Bucs QB Tom Brady – Photo by: USA Today

It was the first time the Bucs had scored 30 or more points against the Saints since winning the 2018 season opener at New Orleans, 48-40, with Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback. Tampa Bay had lost five straight games to New Orleans since that victory, including the four previous games with Arians at the helm.

The Bucs averaged 30.8 points this season, which is the most in franchise history, and hit that average on Sunday when the team needed the points the most. By the way, Tampa Bay is now 10-0 this season in which it scores 30 points or more, including a 38-10 win over Green Bay in Week 6. And the Bucs have scored 30 points or more in the last five games dating back to a 31-28 come-from-behind win at Atlanta in Week 15.

QUESTION 2: Did The Bucs Really Out-Coach The Saints?

Yes – finally. We already mentioned that offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich didn’t call his best game on Sunday, but defensive coordinator Todd Bowles had one of his finest game plans of the year against a New Orleans offense that had scored 65 points in the two previous games this season. Bowles deployed a healthy dose of press-man coverage and blitzed quarterback Drew Brees often up the middle, getting him off his spot when throwing the ball.

That combination of pressure and tight coverage resulted in three key interceptions that turned out to be the difference in the Bucs’ win.

Bucs CB Sean Murphy-Bunting

Bucs CB Sean Murphy-Bunting – Photo by: USA Today

“I think our guys knew they had to play tight coverage,” said Bucs head coach Bruce Arians. “Coming in, we were going to play man-to-man, get on them, not let them get going and not let [Brees] dink and dunk. Get after him, get off the spot and make him throw on the move. They ran the ball pretty [well] on us there for a spurt, but once we got the lead, we kind of had them where we wanted them.”

Bucs defensive captain Devin White had a standout performance with 11 tackles, one interception and a key fumble recovery in the second half. His energy and aggressive play early on help set the tone in New Orleans.

“I think the number one thing is Todd Bowles said, ‘We’re going to be feisty, we’re going to challenge those guys’ and he’s going to take us over them,’” White said. “I said the same thing. I said, ‘Man, I’m going to take my guys over their guys.’ I know one thing – we might be young, but we can get after it when we’ve got our minds set to it. Everybody’s saying it – ‘Where’s the Tampa Bay defense from the Green Bay game?’ We were really feisty with them, we were really challenging them at the line of scrimmage and we were really getting after the quarterback. I think we had that same mentality.”

Bowles’ calling for more press-man coverage was key right from the start as cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting jammed wide receiver Michael Thomas off the line of scrimmage and was in perfect position to step in front of him and intercept Brees early in the second quarter.

“The thing of the game is that if you take the ball away more than you give it away, you win the game,” White said. “All we want to do is win the game. We knew that was going to have to come [and] we knew we were up for the challenge. At the end of the day, everybody’s energy feeds off one another. When Sean got a pick, it’s like, ‘Who’s going to get the next pick?’ You’ve just got to keep it going – it’s a momentum thing – it’s a mindset.”

Thomas, the Saints’ star receiver, was completely shut down by Murphy-Bunting and Carlton Davis III. Thanks to Bowles’ aggressive scheme and execution by the Tampa Bay secondary, Thomas was targeted four times but finished without a catch.

“Carlton [Davis III] has played him [well] over the years and he’s a physical corner,” Bucs head coach Bruce Arians said. “I thought Todd had a great game-plan for all their guys. [Jared] Cook and Deonte Harris were the guys that scared me, but the guys really punched the ball out – got one [fumble] with Cook and got the interception from him. The guys really stepped up.”

2 BOLD PREDICTIONS

PREDICTION 1: Bowles Is Hired As The Eagles’ Head Coach

Bucs OLBs coach Larry Foote

Bucs OLBs coach Larry Foote – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles will interview for the vacant head coaching job in Philadelphia on Monday and I believe he gets the job. Bowles, who grew up in Elizabeth City, New Jersey and went to college at Temple, is a natural regional fit, and will bring the toughness and discipline that the 4-11-1 Eagles team needs after failing to make the playoffs this year following two years of 9-7 seasons that ended with an early exit from the playoffs in the first round.

Look for outside linebackers coach Larry Foote to take over as Tampa Bay’s defensive coordinator should Bowles depart. Would Bowles still be allowed to call plays in the Super Bowl should he get hired and the Bucs advance that far? Or would Foote call plays for the first time in the biggest game of his life as a coach? I’m not quite ready to make that prediction.

PREDICTION 2: The Bucs Beat The Packers – Again

Now that Tampa Bay has gained even more confidence with a 30-20 dispatching of New Orleans, look for this group of Buccaneers to be unafraid to square off again against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in Green Bay – and win.

Bucs DT Ndamukong Suh and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers

Bucs DT Ndamukong Suh and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

No, it won’t be 38-10 as it was in Week 6 after the Bucs scored 38 straight points to prevail, but with Tom Brady at the helm and the defense as opportunistic as ever, Tampa Bay will triumph at Lambeau Field on a snowy Sunday in the NFC championship game and become the first team in NFL history to host the Super Bowl.

“It’s tough to get to this point, so we need a big week – a great week of practice,” said Brady. “We’ve got one of the best teams in the league, obviously, in Green Bay – the top seed. Aaron is playing incredible [and] they’ve got a great defense, so it’s going to be a great match-up.”

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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BucsFanSection242
8 months ago

Not sure why Brady is getting all the love here – he had a clean pocket for the entire game and really wasn’t all that good.
The big story yesterday was the Bucs OL domination.

Pete Wood
Reply to  BucsFanSection242
8 months ago

Well, look at it this way. If Winston had been down 6-0, do you think Bucs win that game? Or does Winston implode and throw multiple picks?
Brady gets the love, because he played a damned good game and didn’t screw up. He didn’t turn the ball over and never lost his composure.

BucRy
Reply to  BucsFanSection242
8 months ago

Look, without Brady on the team this year, we don’t make it this far. That’s all that matters. Some of you just find any reason to hate and it’s comical.

PissedOffBuc1988
Reply to  BucRy
8 months ago

I completely agree with you.

Spitfire
Reply to  BucsFanSection242
8 months ago

Brady gets the deserved amount of love because his leadership and presence and Franchise record breaking season is the catalyst for us to still be in this thing. This is a team sport, one person cannot win it all and you need your entire team to play their best to win, but even in Brady’s average games, he’s still a big part of the reason why we win. The Defense definitely deserves the love this game cause if they play like that every game we will be unstoppable, but Brady still deserves credit for leading this team.

Spitfire
Reply to  Spitfire
8 months ago

Brady has taught this team how to play like and feel like a winner. The hope is that even after Brady leaves, that cultural change of we can beat anyone if we play our best hopefully stays and we can continue on winning.

fredster
Reply to  BucsFanSection242
8 months ago

Big story was defense to me. Nobody gave them chance to shut down Saints and force 4 turnovers. I know I didn’t see it coming. I had feeling O line and protection would be ok. Thy RT did great against a great Washington defense last week….

Naplesfan
Reply to  fredster
8 months ago

The defense came up big and played great.
But, what good is it to get turnovers if the offense doesn’t make’em pay by scoring?
And TB-12 did exactly that – he perfectly used all four takeaways, scoring points on three of them, and killing the clock in the final two minutes of the game with the last take-away. It doesn’t get any better than that, offensively.
And note, the defense scored not a point. They did their job, but the 30 points is all courtesy of the offense and special teams.

Naplesfan
Reply to  BucsFanSection242
8 months ago

Three touchdowns, no turnovers, 30 points, against a top five defense, “not all that good”? Man, what standard are you using? By the way I completely reject Scott’s stupid statement that Byron Leftwich didn’t call a good game. First of all, TB-12 would vehemently disagree. BL called the perfect game against the Saints. He knew full well that the Saints would come out with extremely tight man coverage against the Bucs receivers and tight ends, daring Tampa to run the ball. So, we ran the ball, and called a masterfull collection of short to medium passes that by the second… Read more »

76Buc
Reply to  Naplesfan
8 months ago

Agree. I thought BL called just the game that needed to be called. Run the and pass at the appropriate time. Good play calling. I didn’t understand SR’s statement either.

bucballer
Reply to  76Buc
8 months ago

He called a good not great game. Still predictable with the run up the middle on fist down! Really only gives u two downs!

Eddie
Reply to  BucsFanSection242
8 months ago

Clean? Entire Game? Didn;t he got sacked on the New Orlean front line twist that Donovan and our left guard didn;t handle? Wasn;t he hurried multiple times. How is that OL dominates.

Naplesfan
Reply to  Eddie
8 months ago

Our offensive linemen played extremely well yesterday. One sack on Brady is nothing, literally nothing. And 30 points. And no INTs or fumbles. And 124 rushing yards.
This game was, at TB-12 put it, a team effort, an all hands on deck performance where everyone did their jobs. The only real failure was the long punt return at the beginning of the game. But we fixed it after that.

bucballer
Reply to  BucsFanSection242
8 months ago

Because the Bucs don’t get to this game without Brady!

RW
RW
Reply to  BucsFanSection242
8 months ago

The O line also know that they only have to hold their blocks for a couple of seconds because Brady gets rid of the ball quickly. As well Brady doesn’t do anything stupid back there and start getting happy feet. They know he won’t move to the outside where they are pushing their man.

Dave
Reply to  BucsFanSection242
8 months ago

Well it was obvious that Brady wasn’t the #1 reason why we won. But was he an important factor, absolutely! He had some big time, pressure throws when it really mattered. Whether it was the huge 4th down QB sneak on their own 35 yard line, down 6-0. Brady doesn’t get that sneak, and say NO drives 34 yards and scores a TD, with the 2 point conversion…Bucs are down 14-0. Instead, Brady converts, and they get a FG to make it a 6-3 game. Then there was the big drive before the half where Brady and the offense completed… Read more »

Last edited 8 months ago by Dave
PatrioticChief
Reply to  BucsFanSection242
8 months ago

Well most of the advanced stats I see have said Brady has been largely compensating for the OL by having a top 5 all time average time to release for his career, which considering Brady has been a quick release QB his entire career, is pretty significant. Not to mention he finally seems capable of dealing with pressure again, something I hadn’t seen much of from him in the last two years. Not taking away anything from the OL that has definitely upped there game but it’s undeniable that Brady is making them look better than they really are. Which… Read more »

Last edited 8 months ago by PatrioticChief
Pete Wood
8 months ago

Great article.
I think Bowles stays in Tampa. If he does decide to coach the Eagles, I can see no benefit to not letting him call plays for the Super Bowl. Not the best time to break in somebody new.

Kramerica Industries
Reply to  Pete Wood
8 months ago

Yeah, not sure what the point of that would be. Bowles would still be the DC in that game, against an AFC opponent…if he would be focused enough to be able to be trusted to formulate a game plan for the Super Bowl, then surely he would be trusted enough to call the plays.
Whatever. It’s not a problem worth worrying about right now, for a variety of reasons.

bucballer
Reply to  Pete Wood
8 months ago

That’s why out of respect for the Buccaneers organization and his current job u withhold the outcome of the meeting with Eagles until ur team is eliminated or completes its season. It’s professional courtesy!

Kramerica Industries
Reply to  bucballer
8 months ago

I mean, yes, but it’s generally not too difficult to connect the dots if the team that the coach interviewed with still hasn’t announced a hire before the Super Bowl. It’s kinda like how everyone knew when Dan Quinn was being hired by the Falcons or Kyle Shanahan with the Niners. If we got to Super Bowl Sunday and the Eagles job is still vacant, then…why?

Naplesfan
Reply to  bucballer
8 months ago

That’s not how it works in the NFL. When teams invite a candidate in for an interview, they must come to it. Especially black coaches, given how few we still have in the NFL today. And if they offer the job to Bowles, he’ll almost certainly take it, and will do whatever is necessary. I don’t think he would resign from the Bucs til after our post season run is done. After all, he’s going to either end it in the NFC Championship Game, or a Super Bowl … nobody ever turns down a chance to coach in those games.

bucballer
Reply to  Naplesfan
8 months ago

Not true! If a coach doesn’t like the situation of the team that is asking him to interview for, then he most certainly doesn’t HAVE to interview. In fact, we have already seen this happen within the last couple of weeks!

Naplesfan
Reply to  bucballer
8 months ago

It is not a rule. But if coaches turn down interviews for head coaching slots, they won’t get any more. It is disrespect to the owners and the league to turn down an interview. They don’t have to accept the job if they think it’s not a good fit or if they get a better offer elsewhere. But they WILL interview.

Naplesfan
Reply to  Pete Wood
8 months ago

If the job is offered to Bowles, it is very hard to imagine him turning it down to stay a coordinator in Tampa. Especially given his ties to the area. Even if he effs up the HC job in Philly – which is pretty easy to do, actually – he still will have a job for life coaching defenses in the NFL.

bucballer
Reply to  Naplesfan
8 months ago

In fact, it’s very easy to see him turning down the Philly job if he prefers to stay one more year with Brady and a stocked team that should contend next year as well. It’s different when u r looking for ur first head coaching job. Bowles has been a head coach and he knows the stress that is involved with uprooting ur family to another city. Would u rather live in sunny Tampa or Philadelphia? Besides, maybe he knows that BA has got maybe one more year before he is ready to just relax and go fishing permanently! Perhaps… Read more »

Naplesfan
Reply to  bucballer
8 months ago

Staying another year with Brady does him zero good at all. Brady isn’t his guy – in case you didn’t notice, Bowles is the defensive coordinator.
There is no credit given to a defensive coach having a star on his team’s offense. If anything, that detracts from the perception of teams, thinking that his job was made too easy by having the GOAT at quarterback.

bucballer
Reply to  Naplesfan
8 months ago

It’s called a RING! And if u have one or more it gives u more juice as a potential coach looking for a head coaching job. It means u have been around a winning organization and know what it takes to get to and win a SuperBowl! So, of course it benefits him to stay one more year!

Jonbuc
8 months ago

A very “bullish” SR! Nicely done, Sir. I’m actually happy for the PR Posse…you fellas have done a ton of work…especially the venerable SR over the years covering an oftentimes crummy product. Celsius + vodka for everyone ;)

bucballer
8 months ago

What happened to the courtesy of waiting to interview a potential coach until his team is finished playing? It makes no sense for Bowles to accept a job when he is currently on the job preparing for the NFC Championship Game! WTF. I mean, I don’t care if he leaves, but just wait until ur current responsibilities r completed. Interview if u like, but withhold commitment until ur team is finished playing. If a team likes u and u like them, then I am sure they will wait two three weeks for u to finish with ur current obligation!

Spitfire
8 months ago

Sorry but Nee Orleans was the best Defense they’ve faced since Washington. Kansas City’s Defense isn’t that great… but anyways…

Randy H.
Reply to  Spitfire
8 months ago

So New Orleans was the best defense that they have faced since the week before? Pretty sure that would have been any teams defense.

fredster
8 months ago

I didn’t like lot play calling by Lefty it felt like same crap on 3rd and short. Momentum killing stuff you don’t do early imo. Anyways This game could really got bad again if defense wasn’t so good. After that performance on D I’d say you are correct about Bowls moving along. Hate to lose him but We have some great young players though. I also agree we beat Packers. We match up well and can slow run, and will need another strong team effort. If RoJo is healthy our run game is becoming a dangerous part of our offense.… Read more »

Naplesfan
Reply to  fredster
8 months ago

You could not be more wrong – as I explained in my comment above. He called a virtually perfect game to defeat the Saints.

bucballer
Reply to  Naplesfan
8 months ago

Perfect??? No! Good yes!

MCBRICKEL
8 months ago

Bowles wants to call a Super Bowl victory more than all of us want one. Wild horses couldn’t drag him away……..until after the game.

Naplesfan
8 months ago

I like the Bucs to beat the Pack this Sunday. Virtually all of the media writers are calling this a lock for the Pack, mainly because they are all so heavily invested in Aaron Rodgers as MVP and this being his year to shine and dominate. Frankly, that’s bullshit. Tom Brady has clearly been the Most Valuable Player in the league this year. He has completely transformed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – both with his play on the field, and his leadership and extreme dedication to professionalism off the field. All of the Bucs players say that without the slightest… Read more »

Last edited 8 months ago by Naplesfan
bucballer
Reply to  Naplesfan
8 months ago

Agree Naples with ur take. Brady has made a huge difference with the entire organization! If we r truly measuring a players value on what they bring to their team, then there is no other choice for MVP than Tom Brady!

PissedOffBuc1988
Reply to  bucballer
8 months ago

Brady is the MVP and we know it. I could care less what “experts” think. I believe in these bucs like I did in the 2002 season. The feeling is very similar. We play how were capable, no one can beat us.

bucballer
Reply to  PissedOffBuc1988
8 months ago

Ur right POB! Team is a nice mixture of Vets and up and coming young players! At this point, it’s almost destiny! Brady has made his teammates believers too! U have to think it before u can do it! Here’s hoping Bucs play an even more exciting and explosive game against the Pack! Battle of the Bays! Most of u r too young to remember when that game wasn’t exactly a good time event! Ha! Ha! Ha!

scubog
Reply to  bucballer
8 months ago

At one time both the Packers and Bucs were two of the worst teams in the league. The game was called “The Bay of Pigs”. Had another game called the Repus (Super spelled backwards) Bowl.

Horse
8 months ago

Keep the dream alive!

Eddie
8 months ago

Brady also had a lot of drops from the normally sure handed Gronk and Godwin. Must be corrected for next weeks game. How is A Brown’s injury, does anyone knows.

bucballer
Reply to  Eddie
8 months ago

Godwin? Wow! What’s going on there? Last two games have been the worst two games in his career! Very unlike Godwin to develop a case of the droppsies while playing for a new contract! Nerves? Pressing? All I know is we need Godwin in order to win this thing. Here’s hoping Godwin regroups and shows out big time this Sunday!

Michael76
8 months ago

Anyone else hearing anything on Vita returning?

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SaskBucs
8 months ago

Brady is 2 wins away from solidifying himself as the undisputed GOAT. He already is in a lot of minds, but a 7th Super Bowl in his first year with a new team and at 43 years old… the debate will be gone forever. Obviously there is no arguing his impact on this team. I don’t know how much of an impact Bowles leaving would have on this team.. I like Todd and think he’s done a great job so wouldn’t mind him staying but 2 extra 3rd round picks sound pretty good to me too. Agree with putting the… Read more »

Naplesfan
Reply to  SaskBucs
8 months ago

Brady is already undisputed GOAT .. no question about it, nobody else is remotely close, whether the retirees, or Aaron Rodgers. Even the deservedly celebrated Patrick Mahomes needs another 17 or 20+ years in the league and at list six more Super Bowl rings, or more (!!) to top Brady.
I expect TB-12 to play at least two or three more seasons … pick up at least one or two more rings before he calls it quits … or maybe not even then!

bucballer
Reply to  Naplesfan
8 months ago

I think the dispute was always was it Brady or Bellicheck offense that was the formula for all the victories. I think this year has proven that it just might be Brady. Especially if he could lead a team who hasn’t been in the playoff conversation in years! A SuperBowl win for Brady and Bucs would further dispel that dispute. Personally, I do believe it to be a combo of both. System, Coach and QB.

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8 months ago

I’d have Wade Phillips on speed dial with the possibility of Bowles leaving.
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8 months ago

I’d have Wade Phillips on speed dial with the possibility of Bowles leaving.
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BucWonder
8 months ago

25 points is the magic number. When Bucs score 25 or more they win (13-0). Less than 25 and they lose (0-5).

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