Mac Jones and the New England Patriots had their bye week, meaning that fans were once again locked in on the performance of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady. They needed a win against the Bills to put some distance between New England and Buffalo in the AFC East, and Brady helped out his old team by doing just that.
The Buccaneers needed overtime to get the job done against Josh Allen, but Brady came through like he always does and helped Tampa pull out a 33-27 win. Unsurprisingly, this game was won because Brady’s arm made up for some poor second-half defense.
Brady already has basically every passing record you could ever hope to hold, as the yardage and touchdown totals have fallen due to his longevity. Against Buffalo, Brady managed to break yet another record by dropping a dime against a Bills defense that had no answers for this passing attack.
With a pass rusher breathing down his neck, Brady still managed to get off a lollipop throw that landed right in the hands of receiver Mike Evans. That throw in the second quarter helped Brady set the record for most completed passes in NFL history, which tops Drew Brees.
Patriots legend Tom Brady is breaking more records in Tampa.
Brady might be on track to win an MVP at age 44, making him the oldest MVP in major American sports history. While he went through a short rough patch, Matthew Stafford has cooled off after a hot start, and Aaron Rodgers is inferior in most statistical passing categories.
Additionally, the Bucs are likely going to be involved in a three-horse race for the No. 1 seed against the Packers and Cardinals. While both of them have quality defenses and terrific quarterbacks, they lack the TB12 X-factor, and that could be the deciding “metric” in a very deep NFC.
More importantly, there’s something poetic about Brady setting yet another record against the Bills. Even though Buffalo isn’t the same quarterback-deficient mess they were for most of Brady’s tenure in New England, TB12 still picked up a win to move to 33-3 all-time against his former division rival. Keep in mind, one of those losses was a Week 17 game where he got pulled at halftime.
Though it’s disappointing these records aren’t being achieved in a Patriots uniform, we can take solace in the fact this one came at the expense of the Bills, who now have a much lower chance to capture the AFC East crown after falling to 7-6 during New England’s bye week.