Will The Offense Stack Up To History’s Best?

September 16th, 2021

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In their quest to run it back as Super Bowl champions, the 2021 Bucs have an opportunity to join some NFL company.

Tom Brady is hunting his eight-year record

Given the quality of his targets — and an extra game on the schedule — Tom Brady has a realistic chance of topping Peyton Manning’s single-season record of 55 TD passes, set in 2013. That was the year Denver went 13-3 while Manning directed the most potent offense in league annals, averaging 37.9 points per game.

“This was Peyton Manning at the peak of his powers,” said Hall of Fame executive Gil Brandt. “Four players posted double-digit touchdown catches.”

The Bucs just rolled up 31 points and 24 first downs against Dallas, despite an NFL-high four giveaways and a quiet evening by Mike Evans in Week 1. And here come the defenseless Falcons, fresh off a 32-6 home loss against Philadelphia.

In his past six quarters against Atlanta, Brady has completed 47-of-70 passes for 719 yards and six TDs. That’s better than 10 yards per pass attempt as Tampa Bay scored 75 points in 90 minutes of frightening football.

It’s hard to imagine any quarterback in NFL history throwing to a more skilled group of targets. Rob Gronkowski is a first-ballot Hall of Famer while Evans and a resurrected Antonio Brown each own compelling resumes for Canton.

Then there’s Chris Godwin, who would rank as the No. 1 wide receiver on at least 20 other teams.

Imagine three potential Hall of Fame targets on one roster. It hasn’t happened often during the Super Bowl era. The Raiders had it going for a few years in the mid-1970s when Cliff Branch, Fred Biletnikoff and tight end Dave Casper were terrorizing NFL defenses.

The 1971-72 Cowboys boasted Hall of Famers Bob Hayes, Lance Alworth and Mike Ditka, but Alworth and Ditka were at the end of distinguished careers and both were retired by 1973.

This Buc roster has enough juice to join the 2013 Broncos, the 2007 Patriots, the 1999 Rams and the 1998 Vikings as the most formidable attacks of the past quarter-century.

Brady led the 2007 Pats to a 16-0 record as Randy Moss fueled an offense that averaged 36.8 points.

“When you score 48 points or more on the road three times, you know you’re special,” Brandt said.

This Buc offense should be special as well, especially given the regular-season schedule. Only the Rams, Patriots, Dolphins. Bears and Saints have the makings of a Top 10 defense, so Brady figures to flourish behind a line that yielded zero sacks in the opener.

The 1998 Vikings went 15-1 while scoring at least 24 points every game as Randall Cunningham had a career year throwing to Moss and Cris Carter.

The 1999 Rams, dubbed “The Greatest Show on Turf,” featured league MVP Kurt Warner throwing to Hall of Famer Isaac Bruce and Canton finalist Torry Holt.

That team also had the ultimate X-factor in Marshall Faulk, who accounted for a stunning 2,429 yards from scrimmage, No. 2 all-time behind Chris Johnson’s 2009 season with Tennessee.

While Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette are productive backs, neither will ever be confused with Marshall Faulk.

Brady needs 52 TD passes in the final 16 games to break Manning’s cherished mark. Can he pull it off?

As Michael Corleone’s henchman Rocco Lampone put it in “The Godfather, Part II,” when asked about a hit on Hyman Roth, “difficult, not impossible.”

Antonio Brown

Brady certainly has the weapons if his fearsome foursome remains healthy.

Bruce Arians says Brown looks like he’s 25 instead of 33. That should scare the bejesus out of every opposing cornerback because when Brown was 25, he was catching 110 passes for 1,499 yards from Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh.

Counting the postseason, the Bucs have reeled off eight consecutive games with at least 30 points. They haven’t been held below 24 points since that 38-3 debacle against the Saints last November.

Not bad for a franchise whose four Hall of Famers have all hailed from the defensive side.

This offense is both prolific and scary. Let’s see if it’s historic.

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9 Responses to “Will The Offense Stack Up To History’s Best?”

  1. '79 Defense Says:

    Such high expectations this year, obviously. Record setting offense talk, smatterings of 20-0 talk– and they barely got to 1-0.

    So many things can go wrong down the road. Very glad that they got the job done last year as nothing is guaranteed. Two in a row would be beyond belief.

  2. HC Grover Says:

    Praise the Lord and Pass the Football.

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Stop with the up the gut on 1st downs nonsense…play action.

    Perhaps we’ll see an OJ sighting this week…..I’d like to add him to all the weapons but we have to use him first.

  4. ModHairKen Says:

    Stats are for losers.

  5. Youngbucs Says:

    Brady will own every Bucs passing record when he’s done here. Next season he will break the td record which stands at 121. He already tossed 50 last year it will take him less than 3 years to do it.

  6. Señor Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    IMO, I like the personnel we saw vs Cowboys. I like OJ and Brate even better, but I LOVE what I saw in Gronk. So, Gronk, AB, ME and Godwin should get the majority of snaps (who cares who is at RB).

    BUT, hang onto the damn football guys!! THAT would be my only change.

  7. Greg Says:

    1 game at a time ….. you can’t get to the top of the mountain in one step!! You have to win the next game each and every week. That’s what makes TB12 so unique, he starts every monday as a clean slate, back to basics, 0-0 Brand new ballgame. You can’t get the big head.1 game at a time!

  8. Razor Ramone Says:

    That didn’t turn out so good for Rocco.

  9. Ghost of Darrell Henderson Says:

    I agree that this offense will be the greatest ever. It will have to be , to win 17 shoot outs. With a weak and porous secondary and butter fingered ball carriers,. they will have to put up some impressive numbers.