Awards and honors are nothing new for Tom Brady. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback has been the NFL’s MVP three times and won six Super Bowls as a member of the New England Patriots. He’s already making history in his first year with the Buccaneers with his latest achievement.
Tom Brady feeling right at home with the Buccaneers
After 20 years of playing football with the New England Patriots, Tom Brady moved on. Brady signed a two-year, free-agent deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and he looks like he hasn’t skipped a beat. He’s flourishing under second-year Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians and has Bucs fans thinking Super Bowl.
The Buccaneers are off to a 5-2 start and Brady is in the thick of the MVP race. Brady is in an offense loaded with weapons and he’s making it all click. Aside from a Week 1 struggle against the New Orleans Saints, Brady has been stellar in the first season with his new team. He’s thrown 16 touchdown passes and two interceptions since the season opener.
The Buccaneers’ offense may even get more dangerous when Antonio Brown comes off his eight-game suspension next week. The Buccaneers signed the troubled wide receiver last week and will be adding him to an offense already loaded with talent.
Big expectations in Tampa
When former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, an already potent offense got even stronger. Brown can’t officially join the Buccaneers until Week 9 since he’s serving an eight-game suspension. When he puts on the Bucs uniform, he’ll join Chris Godwin and Mike Evans to form the NFL’s best trio of wide receivers.
Add tight end Rob Gronkowski, who was traded to Tampa Bay soon after quarterback Tom Brady signed as a free agent. Throw in running back Leonard Fournette, a former top-4 pick, to join starting running back Ronald Jones and you have arguably the most potent offense in the league.
Expectations are very high for the Buccaneers. Popular oddsmaker Vegas Insider has the team as the favorite to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. Only the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers are heavier favorites to win the title this season.
Tom Brady still clicking at 43
Tom Brady is 43 years old and you’d never know it by his recent play. In Tampa Bay’s last game, Brady completed 33 of 45 passes for 369 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions is a 45-20 win over the Las Vegas Raiders. Brady completed a season-high 73.3% of his passes in the victory.
In Brady’s four October games, he’s tossed 12 touchdown passes and has thrown one interception. The Buccaneers have gone 3-1 during that stretch, with their lone loss being a 20-19 decision at the Chicago Bears. For the season, Brady has 18 touchdown passes and four interceptions.
Brady recently made some more history. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Brady became the first Buccaneers player to claim the NFC Player of the Month honor. With New England, he was the AFC Player of the Month 10 times in his career.