Yeah, this Brady guy still has it.
On Sunday, he threw five touchdown passes to rally the Buccaneers from a 17-point deficit to beat the L.A. Chargers, 38-31. It was Tampa Bay’s second-largest comeback in franchise history.
Those who still doubt TB12 will point to the pick-six he threw in the first quarter. But he more than made up for that mistake. What’s more, his five touchdown passes went to five different receivers. And he did it without Chris Godwin, and lost O.J. Howard in the second half to an Achilles injury. Early indications are that Howard may be done for the season. But Howard, Mike Evans, Scotty Miller, Cameron Brate and even rookie Ke’Shawn Vaughn found the end zone.
This game turned in the final minute of the first half. The Chargers fumbled away a botched handoff inside their own 10. The Bucs took over and scored a touchdown. Tampa Bay went into the locker room down by 10 instead of 17. The Bucs came out firing on all cylinders after halftime.
Another bright spot: Ronald Jones finally rushed for over 100 yards. Without Leonard Fournette in the lineup, it was nice to see the Bucs were still able to establish a running game.
Was this a perfect performance? No. The young secondary got burned twice for deep touchdowns by a very game L.A. quarterback, Justin Herbert. Ryan Succop missed a field goal. There were way too many penalties – again.
But the Bucs have won three in a row, and ¼ of the way into the season, they are alone in first place in the NFC South. They go to Chicago to play the 3-1 Bears on Thursday night.
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