Tom Brady and the Buccaneers have been able to escape their first two games with wins. Game number three will need to go differently to go 3-0.
The Buccaneers are becoming a major enigma in the NFL as they have completely abandoned their identity from the past two years.
Tampa currently sits 2-0 under Tom Brady and head coach Todd Bowles, but the recipe has changed dramatically. Gone are the days of throwing first and throwing often. The run has become the focal point of this offensive game plan, and while the results are wins, two touchdowns in two games is not going to carry this team far.
Sure, the defense has looked great and has given up the fewest points in the league through two games, but banking on performances like that against quarterbacks like Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes is a dangerous game.
The defense is going to give up touchdowns against great offenses-that is just the name of the game in an NFL that has been skewing towards offensive success for years now. If the Bucs want to come out of these games with wins, they need their offense to get back to where it was over the last two years.
The Bucs are going to have to abandon their current run/pass split to match the offensive potency of their opponents. Even with the injuries, Tom Brady and company are just too good to sit on their hands and do nothing with the ball in the name of playing conservative football. Brady is also far too good to only be on pace for 17 touchdowns on the season.
Even with the strange offseason and the slow start to the season, Tom Brady is still one of the best players in the league and one of the best of the best at his position. Todd Bowles needs to stop slowing him down if he actually wants to go out and beat the better opponents.
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