Well, Tom Brady finally made his Tampa Bay Buccaneers debut, but it didn’t go very well. The Buccaneers played one of the best teams in the NFL in the New Orleans Saints in Week 1, but while Tampa Bay has a ton of weapons on its offense, it couldn’t keep up with New Orleans, losing 34-23. The outcome of the game was, of course, not the greatest for Brady, but he also made NFL history in the worst possible way.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers struggled against the Saints
Brady and the Buccaneers’ offense looked scary on the first drive of the game. They ultimately drove down the field in nine plays and scored a touchdown on a two-yard run by Brady. However, the Saints then answered by scoring 24 straight points to take a 24-7 lead.
The Buccaneers then just couldn’t dig themselves out of that hole the rest of the way as the Saints went on to win 34-23. Brady ultimately threw for 239 yards in the game to go with two touchdowns and two interceptions on 23-of-36 passing.
“I made some just bad, terrible turnovers,” Brady said, according to ESPN. “I obviously have got to do a lot better job.”
The future Hall of Fame quarterback on the other team, Drew Brees, didn’t play the greatest either, but he took care of the ball. He went 18-of-30 through the air for 160 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. The Saints are ultimately 1-0, though, and defeated a talented team in the Buccaneers.
“Of course, it’s significant and it’s unique and I’d be lying to you if I said to you it didn’t mean a little bit more,” Brees said, according to ESPN. “I’ve got so much love and respect for (Brady) and what he’s able to accomplish.”
Tom Brady made history in the worst possible way
At the beginning of the second half, with the Buccaneers already trailing 17-7, Brady threw an interception to Janoris Jenkins, and Jenkins ended up returning it 36 yards for a touchdown.
That interception ended up making history. According to Pro Football Reference, Brady is now the first quarterback to throw a pick-six in three straight games since Matt Schaub and Blaine Gabbert both did it in 2013.
In the New England Patriots’ Week 17 loss to the Miami Dolphins last season, Brady threw a pick-six to Eric Rowe, which put the Patriots down 10-0 in the second quarter. Then, in the Patriots’ Wild Card loss to the Tennessee Titans last season, Brady threw a pick-six to Logan Ryan with nine seconds left. It pretty much clinched the win for the Titans too as they won 20-13.
So, Brady’s poor throw to Jenkins against the Saints in Week 1 ended up making NFL history, but in an awful way.
Can Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers bounce back?
While Brady and the Buccaneers looked terrible in Week 1, fans shouldn’t be too worried. The Saints had one of the best offenses in the NFL last season as they averaged 28.6 points per game. Additionally, the Saints’ defense tied for 10th in the NFL in takeaways last season, and added a Pro Bowl cornerback in Jenkins at the end of it.
The Saints are talented.
However, the Buccaneers are talented too. They have too much talent to be a bad team. Tampa Bay has two elite receivers in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, in addition to Rob Gronkowski. They also have Leonard Fournette in the backfield, who just ran for over 1,100 yards last season. This is the best roster Brady has played with in years.
Yes, Brady and the Buccaneers have a lot to fix heading into Week 2, but they are still in a good spot and have a chance to make NFL history in good ways the rest of the year, instead of all of the wrong ways.