History Shows That Tom Brady’s Revenge Game Against the Rams Could Be Disastrous for the Buccaneers

It’s revenge time for Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After a Week 3 loss at SoFi Stadium, the Los Angeles Rams and Buccaneers face off on Sunday, except at Raymond James Stadium this time around.

As much as Brady ignores the revenge talks, it has to be on his mind, especially since the Rams are one of the hottest teams in the NFL. Also, Brady has not fared historically well in “revenge” games, which could be a disastrous sign as the Buccaneers attempt to make a second consecutive Super Bowl.

History shows that Tom Brady does not do well in these situations

Buccaneers QB Tom Brady is out for revenge against the Rams.
Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs off the field following the 34-24 loss to the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium | Harry How/Getty Images

History has not fared well for Brady in these circumstances. In his postseason career, he is just 5-6 against teams that beat him in the same season and 30-5 against teams he hasn’t played (h/t Greg Auman of The Athletic).

That isn’t promising as the Buccaneers face the Rams for the second time this season. But, one other interesting tidbit is worth noting. Brady and the New England Patriots beat the then-St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI after losing to them in the regular season.

Brady also got a victory with the New England Patriots against the Pittsburgh Steelers — with Bruce Arians on the coaching staff in Pittsburgh. Yes, there is a lot of layers to this.

Regardless, Brady has not played historically well in these situations, and that could tilt the scales in the Rams’ favor with an NFC title game berth on the line.

Nonetheless, Brady insists this is just another game.

The Buccaneers QB doesn’t care about all the narratives

With all of the revenge talk churning, Brady has unsurprisingly tuned it out.

Sure, narratives are fun to discuss, and previous games against the opponent are always a learning point. However, Brady is correct — both teams are different from the last time they met.

Unfortunately, Brady doesn’t have Chris Godwin or Antonio Brown, and Leonard Fournette’s status has been a question mark all week long. The Rams also don’t have Robert Woods or DeSean Jackson — who scored a touchdown in the first game.

But they do have Odell Beckham Jr., who has been lights out and got Cam Akers back on the field. Von Miller also wasn’t there for the Rams last time, so surely Brady knows this will be a challenging game (h/t Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk).

“It’s really about this game and what we learned from the last game. Any time you know you’re opponent I think that gives you a little bit of understanding of kind of what they do well, things you wish you would’ve done. But it’s a very talented football team [and] one of the great teams in the NFL — really good offense, tremendous defense, really well-coached, great specialists. It’s going to be a very, very difficult game for us.”

Tom Brady on rematch with Rams

Brady brings up a valid point about learning about the opponent, and he has been doing this a long time. The rematch against the Rams will be interesting, especially with so much on the line — including a nice incentive for Brady.

Can we really go against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers with everything on the line?

All week, one common narrative has been the recent play of the Rams and how that could be bad news for Brady’s Buccaneers. Moreover, the status of Ryan Jensen and Tristan Wirfs remains up in the air. However, there is optimism that both of them will play after suffering injuries against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Still, can we go against Brady with so much at stake? The 44-year-old has been down this road far too many times, and despite what his revenge game record says, he is still one of the best in the NFL.

One example is Brady’s 1-4 record against the New Orleans Saints since he moved to Florida. That one victory? It was in the playoffs last year as the Buccaneers worked their way to a Super Bowl victory.

Brady is as good as it gets, especially with so much at stake. Sure, history says one thing, but don’t count out Brady, regardless of what the record says.

Stats Courtesy of Pro Football Reference

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