“The Uncontested Catalyst”

October 28th, 2021

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The Bucs look downright scary heading into their Halloween date against the Saints.

The tricks and treats begin in the late afternoon at the Superdome, where Tampa Bay attempts to drop New Orleans 2 1-2 games behind in the chase for the NFC South title.

School is always in session for Tom Brady.

Once Jameis Winston finishes the pre-game meet and greet with former teammates, Shaq Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul intend to embark on a hunting trip.

The last time the Bucs were in the building, Drew Brees ended a Hall of Fame career in excruciating style, picked off three times in a 30-20 setback.

The 2021 season may be seven weeks old, but this Buc legacy extends back to last December, when a 7-5 team coming off a bye took an oath to play up to the talent level on the roster.

The vow was simple — no more Bucs beating Bucs — and the results have been rather spectacular.

In winning 14 of their last 15 games, the Bucs have averaged 33.6 points. In a region that once learned to worship stout defense, Tom Brady has triggered a startling transformation at One Buc Place.

Wait, there’s more.

During this 14-1 surge, Tampa Bay owns a plus-16 turnover margin. Brady has been sacked 21 times while opposing quarterbacks have been dropped on 40 occasions since the mother of all bye weeks.

There have been so many contributors to this wondrous run — but Brady is the uncontested catalyst. In these 15 games, he has thrown for 4,669 yards and 43 touchdowns.

How many interceptions? Try seven.

A come-out roll of 7 or 11 in craps is called a natural. At the moment, Brady is a natural wonder at the age of 44. You can’t sack him and you can’t pick him off, even though he leads the NFL in pass attempts.

Not a single time during this 14-1 stretch has Brady thrown more interceptions than TD passes in a game. And since Week 2, Brady’s TD-interception ratio is 17-1.

“What can be said that hasn’t already been said about Tom?” Brett Favre asked on his Sirius XM Blitz show with Bruce Murray. “Tom can manage a game better than anyone who has ever played quarterback.”

The cornerback drafted 12 picks after Kyle Trask is on Tom Brady’s mind.

In appearing on TV with the Manning brothers during Monday night’s matchup between the Saints and Seahawks, Brady offered a few sharp observations about New Orleans cornerback Paulson Adebo, a third-round pick out of Stanford who starts opposite Marshon Lattimore

Yes, Sunday’s game was a mere 24 hours old and Brady already had a handle on Sean Payton’s secondary.

“The great ones,” Favre said, “never stop preparing and are always looking for an edge. Tom Brady is the master of that.”

New Orleans has reeled off four consecutive division titles, going 49-15 after three straight 7-9 seasons. The Saints have won five in a row against Tampa Bay in the regular season, outscoring the Bucs by an average margin of 33-16 in that span.

But when it counted most, the underdog Bucs posted a plus-4 turnover differential and sent the Saints marching out of the postseason.

Led by linebacker Demario Davis, New Orleans has relied on a stellar defense and versatile back Alvin Kamara en route to a 4-2 getaway.

Winston averages only 25 throws per game, but his 13-3 ratio of TD passes to interceptions suggests he has adapted well to Payton’s conservative game plans.

While Winston is in the process of reinventing himself, it’s the same old Tom Brady hitting The Big Easy on full throttle.

Nice job shutting down Geno Smith in Seattle, fellas. Here comes the master.

Keep it tight, Mr. Adebo … you’re about to step up in class.

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6 Responses to ““The Uncontested Catalyst””

  1. SB Says:

    With the top 5 CBs out this game is scary to me.
    However the loss of Peat will help our pass rush.
    This game has me more nervous than any so far.

  2. Thisisouryear!!! Says:

    I was more nervous about the Rams. Brady is fully comfortable with the offense this season. It will be interesting to see our offense against their defense. Payton is smart enough to go after our corners, but does he have the recievers to expose our secondary. Can’t wait til Sunday. Go Bucs!!

  3. HC Grover Says:

    Awaiting a routine “Winston Wobbler” pass for an interception on Sunday.

  4. zzbuc Says:

    @ Thisisouryear!!!……I can be wrong but not so sure that Payton has the weapons to go after our CB…..WR positions on Saints roster doesn´t scrae me by any menas!!!!, But again, maybe you are right!!

  5. Stanglassman Says:

    Articles like this makes me think the Bucs are too full of themselves and will get beat Sunday. Hopefully not too many players read this kinda stuff and just stay focused. The Saints D is no joke.

    I rather lose and come out heathy than win and lose a bunch of more players. Win and come out healthy is obviously my 1st choice.

  6. SlyPirate Says:

    Both teams stop the run.

    Whoever can harass the QB more wins.

    Special teams will be a factor, as well.