It’s been a tough time both off and on the field for veteran quarterback Tom Brady this season, but it appears that the seven-time Super Bowl winner is starting to edge back towards his best.
The 45-year-old retired from the game, albeit briefly, in the off-season before coming back to Tampa Bay and has seen his marriage to Gisele Bundchen end in a messy divorce, so, understandably, the NFL legend may have had other things on his mind when the season got going. It now appears he’s fully focused on getting the Buccaneers back on track in their attempts to make it safely to the postseason.
After game week eight, Tampa Bay were 3-5, and anyone who had placed a bet on Todd Bowles’s side making it to the playoffs may have been counting their losses, but now after back-to-back wins, the Buccaneers are back in the race. If you want to back the Raymond James Stadium team, then check out sidelines.io to get the crucial info on the top sportsbooks to place your bet with.
First, the Buccaneers saw off the reigning NFL champions, the Los Angeles Rams, in a tight 16-13 win and then followed that up by winning the NFL Germany game, overcoming the Seattle Seahawks 21-16.
Brady picked the all-important game-winning pass against the Rams with nine seconds on the clock, with Cade Otton making the reception. The former New England Patriots star then threw two touchdown passes against the Seahawks, completing 22 of 29 passes.
Tom Brady will look to take advantage of Tampa Bay’s return to form once they return from their bye week, and he believes that his team is in an altogether better place;
“I think we’re in a better place obviously than we were five quarters ago,”
“And, you know, we found a way to beat the Rams, which was a great win for our team. And then to go to Germany and win to get to 5-5 before the bye was a big goal for all of us. So, look, I think it’s a challenging year in the NFL.”
“I watched a lot of the games, highlights from yesterday, and, you know, there’s a lot of teams that are — some that are just playing very, very well — Minnesota to go into Buffalo, that’s a very tough thing to do. The Eagles have played very consistently all year. I think the Chiefs have played very consistently all year. So, you know, other than that, it’s kind of a hodgepodge of wins and losses and good games and bad games and which defenses show up, which quarterbacks show up.”
Tampa Bay sits top of the NFC South, which goes some way to show how poor the division is, and they’ll return from their break to face the in-form Cleveland Browns and the New Orleans Saints and then the San Francisco 49ers.
They’ll hope to come out of that run with a positive record, and Brady, as always, has the confidence that the best is yet to come.
“It’s been a unique year to watch,” Brady said. “And I think the most important thing when you look forward is how do you play your best football? And if you play your best football, you’ve gotta believe that you’re capable of winning every single week.”