The Buccaneers are going to have a tough season ahead as they try to win their second Super Bowl in three years under Tom Brady.
2022 is not going to be the breeze for the Buccaneers that some think it will. Yes, the team is still one of the best in the NFL, but the path to a dominant regular season and then success in the playoffs is far from certain.
Contrary to how some see it, this schedule is going to be very tough for Tampa. From MVP candidates like Joe Burrow, Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes, and Aaron Rodgers as opponents to new teams like the Panthers that did just get better at quarterback, pretending that any part of this season will be easy for the Bucs is naive.
Every week in this schedule is going to be a dog fight, and it is also hard to be as confident as we once were when Tom Brady has been such a strange topic of conversation for the past few months.
Life happens. It happens to every player in the league, yet Brady is the only one being so tight-lipped with the situation. Acting like this has been nothing to worry about just because its Brady is silly, and a guy like Brady doesn’t bring the same edge if he is distracted like this for the first time in his career.
When you add question marks with Brady to the losses on the offensive line, and mix that all together with a difficult schedule, you get a season that may not entail as much smooth sailing as some would think.
Ten and seven with a trip into the postseason that falls short of a Super Bowl win feels like a very fair way to look at this season with the information that we currently have.
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