Buccaneers: 3 main reasons for loss versus Saints

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Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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Tom Brady struggles on the Buccaneers against the Saints

Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of all time and owns some valuable real estate in the minds of many NFL teams, but he struggles against the Saints. Even Superman has kryptonite.

Brady looked great in many stretches of that game and then lost in others. One of the initial elements that stood out in the first watch of this game was that it felt like Brady was trying to hold on to the ball way too long. Three sacks highlight this well. There were several occasions when it seemed like Brady didn’t sense the pressure coming in his third and fourth seconds in the pocket, which eventually led to an untimely fumble.

The interceptions also weren’t pretty, but that is the price of admission sometimes when you throw the ball as much as the Bucs do. If the ship is going down with Brady making the bad plays, most of the fans would be more than fine with that. Games like this will happen from time to time when that’s the mentality.

Outside of the turnovers, Brady still missed some key throws that aren’t very common at this stage of his career. It seemed like his rhythm was messed up for stretches of the game, and credit to the Saints for slowing down Brady’s MVP campaign.

Tom Brady is still playing some of the best football of his career, but being 0-3 and a turnover machine against the Saints in the regular season on the Buccaneers was not on our bingo card for how this was going to play out when he signed.

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