Tom Brady has put forth an illustrious career that extends over two decades in the league. The bulk of that has seen Brady experience tremendous success with the New England Patriots. As he heads into his second Monday Night Football game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it offers an opportunity to look back at how he’s fared on that stage.
Tom Brady’s strong start to his Buccaneers’ stint
For the first time in Tom Brady‘s illustrious career, he is playing another franchise aside from the New England Patriots.
Brady has had his bumps along the way in his first campaign in Tampa Bay. However, the franchise remains in the thick of the playoff picture. Entering Week 11 action, the 43-year-old is seventh with 2,739 passing yards, fifth with 23 touchdown passes, and holds a 99.0 passer rating.
He is on the trajectory to put up 37 touchdown passes with 4,382 passing yards, which would mark his first 30-touchdown campaign since 2017. Brady has thrown multiple touchdown passes seven times while recording three games with more than 300 passing yards. The Buccaneers are also currently fifth with 29.6 points per game and ninth in passing.
The Buccaneers are a game behind the New Orleans Saints for the NFC South division lead. There are areas of needed continued improvement, but many have circled Tampa Bay as a legitimate Super Bowl contender.
The team will venture into their second Monday Night Football matchup of the 2020 season, which shifts into focus Brady’s success on that stage.
Tom Brady’s historic success on Monday Night Football
Throughout much of his NFL career, Tom Brady has made a living of playing games on Monday Night Football.
Before the Week 8 matchup against the New York Giants this season, his first 24 starts on that stage came in New England. According to ESPN Stats & Info, Brady is currently third all-time behind Hall of Famers Dan Marino (20) and Brett Favre (19) for most wins.
Brady has picked apart teams on Monday Night Football as he has continued to step on the biggest stages. He has put up some strong production playing on that day with 6,938 passing yards on a 64.1% completion rate with 51 touchdown passes and holds a 96.2 passer rating in 25 games played.
The 43-year-old will have his success on Monday Night Football tested again with another formidable matchup ahead.
Tough challenge ahead against the Rams
Tom Brady will face the LA Rams for the first time since winning Super Bowl 53.
The Rams are off to a solid start after missing the playoffs last year, coming off a Super Bowl berth. LA went through a massive roster and coaching staff turnover but has put together a playoff-caliber team this season.
The Rams are anchored by their defense, which has remained among the best in the league. They are ranked first in total yards allowed, second against the pass, fifth against the run, and second allowing 18.7 points per contest.
The Rams’ 36 points allowed in the second half are the fourth-lowest over that span since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger through the first nine games of a season. LA has also stepped up with their pass rush with 12.0 sacks on third down, which were the most in the league in the first 10 weeks.
Jared Goff has also guided the league’s fifth overall offense that should present some challenges from the Buccaneers’ defense. Tampa Bay is slightly favored in the contest, but they have their hands full on Monday night.