Assured Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers decided they ‘can do higher’ after dominant 2-Zero begin

TAMPA, Fla. — In his 22nd season within the NFL, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is hard-pressed to seek out many profession “firsts.” However by way of two weeks of the common season, Brady has thrown a league-leading 9 landing passes, besting his earlier profession excessive, after throwing 5 scores in a 48-25 victory over the Atlanta Falcons Sunday.

“I feel any time you could have a man like Tom main us, I feel you are in a great spot,” stated vast receiver Chris Godwin, who has two touchdowns in two weeks. “All of the talent gamers round him belief him and belief is among the largest issues you possibly can have on this sport.”

Brady tossed a pair of touchdowns every to tight finish Rob Gronkowski and vast receiver Mike Evans, and linked with Godwin within the fourth quarter. Defensive again Mike Edwards completed the job with two fourth-quarter pick-sixes, turning into the primary participant since Robert Massey in 2012 to document two interceptions returned for scores within the fourth quarter of a single sport, and the primary participant since Zach Brown with two such touchdowns in a single sport.

Together with the postseason final 12 months, the Buccaneers (2-0) have now scored a minimum of 30 factors and gained every of their previous 9 video games, the longest streak in NFL historical past. Brady and Gronkowski have additionally mixed for six touchdowns in three video games relationship again to Tremendous Bowl LV — their greatest three-game mark in 11 seasons collectively. And Gronkowski joined Ben Coates (1994) and Dee Mackey (1962) as the one tight ends in league historical past with a minimum of two landing receptions in every of their group’s first two video games.

“It is dope. I feel the extra we go, the extra we determine one another, I feel the higher it is gonna be,” Godwin stated. “It isn’t straightforward to place up 30 factors on this league. I feel that is a testomony to not solely our offense, however our protection persevering with to offer us alternatives to go on the market and rating touchdowns.

Along with Edwards’ two scores from the defensive facet — simply the third time in Buccaneers’ franchise historical past {that a} participant has achieved that feat — exterior linebacker Shaquil Barrett picked off Matt Ryan within the third quarter, establishing Evans’ second landing.

“What I feel, and I am positive different guys really feel the identical means, is I feel we are able to do higher. I actually do,” stated Brady, who’s thrown for 655 yards this season. “And I actually assume we have now the chance, with the way in which that the video games are flowing and the alternatives we’re getting with the ball — we have now much more. …”

“We’re making an attempt to do one thing particular with the offense this 12 months,” stated Evans, who had 5 catches for 75 yards. “We did fairly good at present making performs, however clearly there’s nonetheless extra on the market. … However it’s cool, man. Everyone must be prepared. We’ve got so many guys that may get the ball at any given time. We simply have to ensure we’re prepared.”

Regardless of the potent scoring, the Buccaneers’ offense nonetheless feels prefer it hasn’t reached its full potential. Its 5 turnovers by way of two video games are tied for probably the most within the NFL by way of Sunday’s four p.m. ET video games, in addition to tied for the league lead of 22 penalties.

The Buccaneers have additionally posted a 39.1% conversion fee on third down, tied for 17th within the league. Scoring touchdowns within the crimson zone has been their power, with their seven touchdowns in that space tied with the Arizona Cardinals for many within the NFL.

“We have been a bit free with the ball,” stated Brady, who misplaced a fumble on a first-quarter sack. “Some penalties at completely different occasions which have knocked us out of some scoring drives, some missed throws that I’ve had, some missed reads. I definitely want I had made some higher throws tonight. However it’s good to get the win, be 2-Zero and there is a lot to construct on, and it is good to beat a division opponent.”

The Buccaneers meet one other high-powered offense in Week three on the street within the Los Angeles Rams, who’re averaging 30.5 factors a sport with new quarterback Matthew Stafford. That can give a sign of the place they stand this early within the season, particularly after a 27-24 loss to the Rams at house in Week 11 final 12 months.

“Clearly we obtained 14 factors out of the protection however we left factors on the market offensively,” coach Bruce Arians stated. “I have not seen us get near taking part in constantly but. Hopefully we’ll get there subsequent week as a result of we’re going to must.”

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