Another Reason Tom Brady Wants To Play Sunday

January 5th, 2023

Joe will call this answer Brady Math: 97-for-139 for 995 yards, 10 touchdowns and 1 interception.

So what’s the question?

The question is what are Tom Brady’s passing stats in his last three games against the Falcons defense led by coordinator Dean Pees. It’s not fantasy football silliness. Brady carves up the Atlanta defense that ranks 31st in the NFL in sacks.

No wonder Brady is itching to play Sunday!

Every offensive player wants to face a defense he reads like a book and a pass rush as impotent as the Bucs’ running game.

Brady was asked today if he thinks players think about personal achievements in a Week 18 meaningless game. Brady dodged the question, but rest assured players care about their numbers.

Heck, Brady is a free agent in nine weeks. He knows stats and perception matter. In past years the Bucs and Brady have gone out of their way to help players meet cash incentives in the season finale. Joe remembers how Ronald Jones got screwed so Antonio Brown could get help paying legal bills.

Joe really wants Brady to have a big game on Sunday. Even though he’s The Goat, he’s still human, and it would represent a shot of confidence entering the playoffs.

41 Responses to “Another Reason Tom Brady Wants To Play Sunday”

  1. BucP Says:

    “Three or four plane crashes and we’re in the playoffs.”

  2. Beej Says:

    I’d love for him to hit 5,000 yards but that’s requires a little bit much

  3. Infomeplease Says:

    For momentum going into playoffs, it would be nice for a dominant win on both sides of the ball!!

  4. Zzbucs Says:

    I will keep on saying this the most stupid and dumb call I ever heard…..old roster, banged up players all around, great chance to rest them…

    Lets hope no injuries in Sunday……

  5. HC Grover Says:

    NO No No no. We need Brady for the SB run in playoffs. Play the practice squad and scrubs.

  6. HC Grover Says:

    If Bowzo gets one of our key players hurt then that will rank as a Bowzo Blunder of the First Magnitude.

  7. Buc king Says:

    I’m ok with starters playing the half and some even coming out at the 1st quarter.
    Let’s be real this offense needs to keep the MOJO pumping and rhythm and timing routes.
    It’ll be a high lvl practice

  8. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Thanks for the belly laugh, BucP. Good times.

  9. NEfan Says:

    What good is playing them the first half so they could potentially lose? If that is the case I say treat it like a bye week.

  10. Chris Stewart Says:

    Momentum going into the playoffs???? This team had plenty of momentum going into the buy and couldn’t keep it together against the hapless Browns. The Browns…. Hope history doesn’t repeat itself

  11. Chris Stewart Says:

    Bi week****

  12. #8's Ghost Says:

    1st play from scrimmage. Bomb to Evans. TD. Everyone then rests & the entire NFC worries.
    Even Suh worries.

  13. Redeemer Says:

    Stats are for losers. I could care if ATL beats the bag out of us. It doesn’t matter either way. Treat it like a pre season dress rehearsal. Keep the guys fresh to a point, then worry about Dallas. I swear, if a key player gets hurt in this game, I’ll never let it go. They’ve had 16 weeks. I get the other side. Football players play. But the risk reward is too high. End of rant. Redeemer out.

  14. D-Rok Says:

    Yep, NEfan, agree. Either prepare for and play a normal game, or don’t. Something halfway would accomplish nothing. With that in mind, we prolly gonna see our starters play most of the game.

    I’d be pleased to see the starters give it their all for first half, then let backups play 2nd half. Sounds good on paper, but we can’t dress all starters AND all 2nd stringers – not enough spots on gameday. That’s why I say it’s either starters most of game, or no starters and only 2nd stringers activated for game.

    The inactives list will be VERY telling preceding this game.

  15. D-Rok Says:

    Agree, Redeemer, but see my point above about who will be active this game – we can’t have all starters dress and then swap them out for 2nd stringers later in game – the math won’t allow it. Or am I missing something???

  16. Goatfarmer Says:

    Our unesteemed offenseless uncoordinator will insist on emphasizing the heavy sets and a lot of runs on all three downs. Per the head coich’s orders,

  17. unbelievable Says:

    Let him throw 3 TDs in the 1st half and then put in Gabbert / Task after halftime.

    Perfect IMO.

  18. NEfan Says:

    Dallas and Philly still playing for something, let them get beat up.

  19. Jack Clark Says:

    I’d rather see Tom Brady spending that time studying/preparing to carve up the Dallas Cowboys but if he wants to light up the scoreboard again then I say let him ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    TEAM no risk it no biscuit!

  20. SOEbuc Says:

    Brady wants to play a live practice. GOAT trying to get to Super Bowl and not thinking stats.

  21. SB~LV Says:

    His future is how he plays in the playoffs NOT against the Falcons in the last game of the year. It’s a perfect game for experience for the back of the roster because you never know when you might need them to be able to contribute if the starter can’t go

  22. Redeemer Says:

    D-Rok I get it. They can only dress 46 guys. It is however a fine line. You’re probably correct. Either play it like a real game, or sit as many key guys as possible. What can’t be debate is the meaningless of this game. Let’s say they play everyone and look like dog food. I’m torn here. It’s not like beating a bad ATL team will prove anything. I’m taking in circles now. Redeemer confused and befuddled.

  23. HC Grover Says:

    Worst case they put regulars and lose.

  24. NEfan Says:

    Worst case scenario, Godwin goes into concussion protocol.

  25. Beej Says:

    One unspoken thing is that if we lose it’ll be the first time in Brady’s career, probably all the way back to Junior high, that he’s been on a losing team

  26. SlyPirate Says:

    If he’s going to play … RUN UP THE STATS. I’m talking …

    500 yards and 5 TDs

    Get some swag. Put the league on notice. Tell the pundits to STFU.

  27. ClwJB Says:

    Maybe we can jump out to a 24-0 lead and then let all the backups give up 15 the rest of the way…oh wait the starters did that last time!!!

  28. HC Grover Says:

    Note…NFL may add another playoff team to the mix and give top 2 a bye due to Heart Attack game. Dunno it this affects Bucs.

  29. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Brady doesn’t give a shtt about stats other than wins. You should know that by now.

  30. adam from ny Says:

    i hope he plays, throws for 500 yards…

    200 to mike, and 200 to godwin…lol

    and 4 touchdowns…2 to mike, 1 to chris, and
    1 to jensen…

    when “big red”he lines up as an eligible freak 🙂


  31. steve o Says:

    Rest all 1st string but brady will play guaranteed if coach bumps heads with him he will bounce next year

  32. WeAllBleedRED Says:

    Brady has usually always played in some capacity heading into the playoffs. Last weekend was the first halfway decent game they’ve had in a long time, and they need to keep that momentum going. Not to mention, if I’m Brady, you better believe that I will be chasing records, despite what is or is not admitted…

  33. Tvan101 Says:

    Better to go into the playoffs on a winning streak, Let’s go Bucs!

  34. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    They’re paid millions to play 17 games. Not playing not to get injured never works out. Come out playing the way they played in the 4th quarter last week get 24 points then sit important guys. Do like we did Detroit in 2020. Give the fans a good win we deserve it after what we suffered this season!

  35. Defense Rules Says:

    I see a lot of JBFers assuming that we’ll roll over the Falcons if we play our 1st team starters. Not so fast. Falcons are primarily a running team, and without both Vea & Hicks in there we’ve shown how susceptible we are to the run. But in the past couple of games, their passing has improved considerably & they MIGHT be looking to expand on that Sunday. They just beat the Cards last week, and played the Ravens tough (in a loss) the week prior to that.

    It’s important for the Bucs’ confidence to play a good game Sunday. Even more important to get our own offense to start firing on all 11 cylinders.

  36. Randall Says:

    Bucs better play all their starters and play HARD SMART AGGRESSIVE ball all 4 quarters. There is absolutely no guarantee we will beat the Falcons. Lesser teams have stomped the Bucs this season, and you better believe the Falcons are gonna play to win. I’m sure there’s nothing they all want more than to end their season by embarrassing Brady and the Bucs.

    Plus Brady can surpass 5000 if he has another amazing game like last week. Why not go for it!? Cement his number 2 spot behind Mahomes.

    Pray the Bucs play super hard, win, and end the regular season on a high note.

  37. Paul Says:

    Brady is playing for legacy. He’s never had a losing season and he isn’t going out on one. You can believe long after he is retired looking back one of his greatest achievements will be never having a losing season and that might be not so important to others but you better believe it is to him

  38. garroman Says:

    Anyone know how many legit injuries to key players we have had on average in any four game stretch this season?

    For a Superbowl run, starting with a healthy team we can count on key injuries. That is my point and we are not starting with a healthy team this time around.

    Try to get and keep as many key guys as healthy as possible! Regardless of stats etc!

    Should everyone play some? Yes but only to a point!

  39. garroman Says:

    “Cement his number 2 spot behind Mahomes.”

    Randall … umm dude …put the Bong down and give somone else a hit…LOL

  40. BucsfanFred Says:

    Hey, Beej, Brady only needs just under 390 yards to reach 5000. Big, but doable.

  41. BA’s Red Pen Says:

    Disagree Kentucky Buc, Brady is all about his legacy. If you think he doesn’t want EVERY passing record there is you’re just fooling yourself.