You’ve heard enough about Tom Brady’s return to New England the second the clock expired in the Patriots‘ loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, but yes, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are coming to town in Week 4.
In primetime. With all the previous rumors of friction between Brady and Bill Belichick alive and well.
Just wait until Brady likely breaks the NFL’s all-time passing record, in, like, the first five minutes on the Bucs’ first offensive drive …
Oh wait … will he even be able to?! The man is sick. Visibly ill!
The veteran doesn’t even know what’s going on, as evidenced by his session with the media on Thursday.
He looks like a dehydrated SpongeBob SquarePants.
Tom Brady is about to have a ‘Flu Game’ against the Patriots, isn’t he?
Ah, all part of Brady’s plan, isn’t it? He already one-upped Belichick by cruising to his seventh Super Bowl victory last year. Now he’s going to add a “Flu Game” — Michael Jordan-style — to his resumé. On the road. Against his former team. Against the defensive mastermind who teamed up with him for two decades.
And what a game to actually be sick for! Even the most optimistic Patriots fans can admit this team has not played the part many expected so far through the first three weeks. Week 1 was an embarrassing loss. They should’ve never kept the Dolphins in the game. Dismantling the Jets in Week 2 was standard … for just about every team. Week 3 against the Saints was flat-out embarrassing.
All Brady has to do is break the passing record, throw a touchdown or two, let his defense do the rest of the work, and likely coast to a win. Tampa’s ferocious pass rush is going to give New England’s struggling offensive line quite the night, and rookie QB Mac Jones will be in for another day full of pressure.
If the Patriots could barely handle the Dolphins and had their doors blown off by the Saints, what makes anybody think they can handle the Bucs?
Chalk it up as another victory for TB12 if you’re still keeping track of the divorce with Belichick. At this point, the head coach will need a miracle turnaround to come close to matching what Brady has done over the last couple years, assuming the QB walks out of his old stomping grounds with a W.
Timing is everything. And Brady’s seemingly done it again. Somehow he’s made an irksome illness so timely that it’s going to be a notable chapter in his unmatched NFL career.