Bucs Win Was One Of Week 4’s Biggest

October 5th, 2021


Not only did the Bucs win on a day where the rest of the NFC South lost, it was a big win in the NFL.

That’s the word from popular sports radio and television personality Adam Schein.

And despite Bucs Super Bowl-winning coach Bucco Bruce Arians grousing about the lost focus of the game, Schein, typing for NFL.com, believes the Tom Brady-Bill Belicheat drama is why the win for the Bucs was so big.

Yes, I saw what Bucs coach Bruce Arians said in the postgame.

“I was very, very frustrated with everybody saying this was a quarterback and a coach,” Arians said. “This is a team sport. The Bucs won this game. We beat the Patriots. We were losing sight that this is a team game.”

I understand and appreciate where Arians is coming from as a coach … but respectfully disagree. This was the most anticipated regular-season game in recent memory (NFL history?) because of two men and two men only: Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. You know, the two key components of the greatest dynasty in sports history? The guys who won six rings together and then got a divorce? So, with apologies to BA, I labeled the final score as such above. And in a game that ultimately proved worthy of all the build-up, TB12 emerged victorious.

Here is what Joe liked about the win and it had nothing to do with the reunion drama:

The Bucs won a game against a scrappy team in a very, very hard place to play against the best coach. And despite the Bucs’ secondary being ravaged by injuries, they shut down the NFL’s best rookie quarterback in crunch time when they needed to.

The offense sputtered. The defense had injuries up and down the roster. Yet the Bucs found a way to win. That is a mark of a good team:

While Brady posted season lows in completion percentage (51.2), passing yards (269), passer rating (70.8) and didn’t post a single touchdown for the first time in 2021, he did author a game-winning field goal drive.

Sure, he got a little help from the upright on New England’s final possession, but Brady braved inclement Foxborough weather and left Gillette Stadium with a comeback win. Sound familiar?

27 Responses to “Bucs Win Was One Of Week 4’s Biggest”

  1. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Thank God Brady is a Buc! It is a team game, but could any one player turn the fortunes of the Bucs around the way that Brady has? A record of 18-6, winning 75% of their games and another Championship. It’s been amazing!

  2. adam from ny Says:

    pats fans must be soooo pissed at bill for letting tommy go…

    how could he do that to tom, the fans, and the city…

    and bill’s team record clearly shows what life without tommy is like…

    even kraft should be super pissed…

    there will be a 30 for 30 on it…


  3. mg Says:

    Whatever it takes to beat billy the bully. Go Houston!!

  4. JimBuc2 Says:

    Brady owes LVD a beer. #76 DS owes Brady an explanation.
    LFG Bucs!

  5. Medicated Pete Says:

    Bruce is no different than a drunken Medicated Pete, likes to shoot his mouth off till he eventually pisses-off everyone

  6. August 1976 Buc Says:

    The last time they scored 19, they lost the Chicago flag fest last year. So it is good to come out on the right side of the win loss column after a slog of a game.

    Survival mode for at least the next month, until the “Red Badge of Courage Secondary” can actually get on the field together. Who knows when Gronk will be back, but 2 months minimum I think, or maybe the playoffs. Broken and cracked ribs with lung puncture, yikes that is nasty to deal with, just trying to get up off the couch, let alone play NFL football.

    The 2 things the Bucs have right now, and why they have won the Dallas game and the Pats game is

    Money QB
    Money Kicker

    If they would have had money QB and Kicker, over the years, there would have been do many more wins.
    These are the games that they have lost 9.99 out of 10 throughout their history. But not right now!!!!

    GO BUCS!!!!!!

    GO BUCS!!!!!!

  7. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Money QB & money kicker is right…..even if Folk makes that FG to take the lead….there’s over a minute on the clock & Bucs have 2 time outs…

    I think Brady takes us down the field for another winning Succop FG.

  8. James Allen Lofton Says:

    It’s still early in the season. Next few games are winnable and the bye week is after that. By then, the Bucs should be have their secondary back. Just keep Brady upright and we will always have a chance to win.

  9. ClodHopper Says:

    I find it kinda ironic how all those years the Belicheats got saved by a late game field goal kick so many times yet this time they couldn’t get it done. And Folk ain’t having a bad year either. It’s almost like Brady brought the field goal luck with him to Tampa.

  10. Ash Says:

    The nfls best rookie quarterback I don’t know about that one Mac had one pass beyond 20 yards which was picked two passes beyond 10 yards against a injury riddled secondary those throws that Zach Wilson made there is no way Mac makes those

  11. mg Says:

    Greatest number 19-
    Johnny Unitas.

  12. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Everyone is forgetting, even if Pat’s made that field goal, there was 50+ seconds left and 1 timeout, a lifetime for Brady to get Bucs back in field goal range. Succop makes the first field goal and AB makes the catch in the endzone, whole different narrative. A tired beat up Bucs team reached down and played good enough to win. Now find away to get some DB’s.

  13. SB~LV Says:

    Belicheck did the rest of the league a big favor in showing how to fluster Tom Brady… thing is Brady will adjust faster than the DC’s

  14. Defense Rules Says:

    @Joe … “The offense sputtered. The defense had injuries up and down the roster. Yet the Bucs found a way to win. That is a mark of a good team:”

    I’m torn on that conclusion Joe. Through 4 games thus far, the Bucs haven’t looked much like SC Champions. And yet we’re still 3-1, even though we seem to be following a similar pattern to last year (we didn’t exactly set the world on fire in the first 12 games of the season).

    The Bucs historically don’t do very well in night games for some reason, especially away games. And the gametime conditions certainly weren’t optimum for an aggressive passing attack like we use almost exclusively. And we have tons of injuries to key players. And Tom Brady was most likely very UP for that game, more-so than others. May have even wanted to show Bill & others his new ‘Ferrari’ (‘Hey Bill, watch what Bruce lets me do now’?). The list goes on …

    Reality IMO is that our game-plan didn’t match either the weather conditions or what the Patriots defense was willing to give us. It played into their hands IOW, and could well have cost us the game if not for one skinny goalpost. Our vaunted offense let us down. And our Special Teams tried to help them in that endeavor. Both played below expectations IMO.

    But our defense stood up, despite letting a rookie QB (a very good rookie QB) throw for almost 80% completions). Finally starting to make a few big plays.

  15. Tc Says:

    Good teams win when they don’t have their a-game and face injury obstacles. Imagine what they will be like when they play with a healthy roster in rhythm.. But, better lucky than good – doink.

  16. Wild Bill Says:

    A big win in a day Brady was off his game. But only because of the fg that bounced off the upright. It was more of the Patriots loosing than the Bucs winning. Lady luck shined on them. But luck is important to every team over 17 games. But the Bucks have been very unlucky with injuries this season. So luck cuts both ways. And lucky the Bucs have an easier schedule for the next few games.

  17. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    IMHO, the greatest win last week besides the Bucs was the Arizona Cardinals win over the Rams at SoFi Stadium.
    Arizona looks unbeatable.

  18. Irishmist Says:

    Another big win for us was the Rams Cardinals game. I still think the Rams are our biggest threat, but if they lose their division to the Cardinals and come into the playoffs as a wild-card and we win our division they will have to play us at our house.

  19. TOM Says:

    The worse Bucs player was none other than Mr. Lazy ass D Smith. As I’ve been saying for, well it seems like forever he really sucks. I don’t care what BA says. By the way after the Rams game BA said Delaney & Cockrell had a good game. So what he says I take with a grain of salt. Its BS. Now I will admit Cockrell looked pretty decent against the Pats. IMHO Fournette was the best player on the field Sunday night. The Bucs really need to get Gronk back but don’t rush him. Another player who really sucks is Howard. And quit using his injure as a n excuse. The Bucs would be lucky to get a 7th rounder for him but it would be nice to unload his salary. Well so much for my 2 cents worth.

  20. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Belichick was interviewed after the game and this question was asked. Bill, how was it playing against Brady for the first time last night? He replied, ” First time, our defenses have practiced against him for 20 years !” It was the rest of the game BA and his staff couldn’t figure out.

  21. PassingThru Says:

    OJ might still have value… as trade ballast. The Bucs have little cap space. They could trade a pic plus OJ for a vet CB. That would allow them to absorb more salary than they have left under the cap.

  22. DoooshLaRue Says:

    I believe there was less than a minute left after Folk’s FG attempt but yes, I think we would have gotten down the field with Commander Brady at the helm.

    We would have won…… despite Durable Donnie’s pathetic effort.

  23. Hodad Says:

    We are a good team, but right now talk of winning, or even making another S.B. is just talk. Az is the best team this week, Rams the week before. Dallas I believe is ahead of us in espn’s power rankings even tho we beat them. Everyone we play it’s their S.B., I see why it’s so hard to repeat. Injuries are a huge factor in winning, and right now our team is a M.A.S.H. unit. This was the kind of game that shows a teams metal, and were in good shape. We have plenty of that.

  24. orlbucfan Says:

    Football is still a team sport, Methuselah12 or not. Methuselah owes LVD more than one beer. Heck, he owes the defense and Succop/ST more than that. He looked and threw like an air headed old fart in that first quarter. Hope he can adjust to having Gronk out. Those injuries sound serious and Gronk is no spring chicken.

  25. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Maybe Bellicheat had the balls over-inflated?

  26. Tackleblockwin Says:

    Agree with you 100% Joe. Couldn’t say it any better.

  27. SlyPirate Says:

    The reality is the Bucs don’t matter without Brady.

    All the team’s national coverage, prime time games, Super Bowl, and over half of Joe’s articles are about one person.

    The team didn’t get this kind of love before he showed up and the bandwagons will pack up when he does.