Buccaneers: Can anyone beat Tom Brady three times in a season?
By Rob Leeds
The Saints have dominated the Buccaneers in their first two matchups, but the Tom Brady factor should make the Bucs the favorite in the third game.
While odds-makers and analysts don’t work with this line of reasoning, we have to ask ourselves the following; can any team beat Tom Brady three times in a single season? It hasn’t been done before, and there is no reason to believe that it’s going to start now.
To be fair, the only teams that ever have the opportunity to be an opponent three times in the same season are in the same division. Until this year, the only teams with this chance against Brady have been the Jets, Dolphins, and Giants. The Giants have been the most successful in this category, but this Saints team is an entirely different beast.
Fortunately for the Buccaneers and Brady, the odds are on their side to pull out a win this time.
Beating the same team twice is a challenging prospect for most teams in the NFL. There’s a reason why mediocre teams still split games within their division, and the Bucs are due a win. Beating the same team three times in a season is even more difficult.
The Saints have not just beaten the Buccaneers; they dominated in both games. It didn’t matter who was under center, how the Bucs looked moving the ball, or how much time Tom Brady had in the pocket. Tampa Bay made New Orleans look like they were in a league of their own.
Now, all of the pressure is on the Saints to prove that they are still the better team, but that won’t happen if Tom Brady has anything to say about it.