SPORTS NEWS: TOM BRADY RETURNS TO THE SPOTLIGHT WITH TAMPA BAY
During the 2019 season, sports reporters spilled a lot of ink writing about the decline of Tom Brady. The New England Patriots won their first three games by a combined score of 106-17, but after that, but over the next ten weeks, the team averaged 1.69 points per possession, just 24th in the NFL. Over that same stretch, Tom Brady posted an aggregate QBR of 42.3, completing just 59.2 percent of his passes and throwing six interceptions. His completion rating was 30th among the 33 qualifying NFL quarterbacks. He was also 30th in yards per attempt, which was a huge metric to follow, because the Patriots’ line was so dismal that he was dumping the ball off almost as soon as he got it. The season ended ignominiously, as the Patriots gave up a late comeback in Week 17 against Miami to cough up their bye and then fell at home to the Tennessee Titans in the wild card game. Brady left town for Tampa Bay, and now he’s heading back to a conference championship. What was different in Tampa Bay?
The Resurgence of Tom Brady in Tampa Bay
Everyone who operates a pay per head sportsbook knows that Tom Brady is definitely back in Tampa Bay. It’s worth taking a closer look at the numbers to see just how good he’s been. His first three games as a Buccaneer were a little on the bumpy side, with three touchdown passes and three interceptions, including pick-sixes against New Orleans and the Chargers. However, over the next five games, he threw 15 touchdown passes against just a single interception. Through Week 8, only Seattle and Green Bay were averaging more points per game than the 31.7 that Tampa Bay put up.
The team hit bumpy patches down the stretch, including that 38-3 rout they took at home at the hands of the New Orleans Saints. However, the Buccaneers kept grinding, kept working, and now they are headed to the NFC Championship, while the Saints are going home despite another NFC South title, and the likely retirement of Drew Brees means that next year the path to the playoffs should be even clearer for Brady and the Bucs.
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