4 biggest takeaways for the Buccaneers after statement win

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Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Tom Brady still has it

New quarterback and captain, Tom Brady, isn’t popping on the stat sheet, but he is still proving that the Buccaneers made the right choice when they brought him to Tampa Bay. This move may have polarized part of the fanbase, but they grow quieter every week.

Brady is nowhere close to leading the league in passing yards, but he shows efficiency where it counts. Two touchdowns in the red zone with no turnovers is what the team needs to succeed offensively. Gone are the days of needing a 500-yard five-touchdown performance just to win a game for the Buccaneers.

Brady shows why he is the greatest of all time and defies conventional wisdom about aging in professional sports. Short passes are often thrown on target, while the deep ball is one of the most lethal in the league. Anyone who thought that Brady’s deep ball would be a significant regression over Jameis Winston’s was sorely mistaken.

While the passing yards aren’t showing up, Brady is in second with passing touchdowns and has slown down dramatically with the interceptions.

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The media may continue to try to push the narrative that Brady is washed and can’t perform at this level any longer, but performances like last night continue to show how wrong they are.