(Photo courtesy of Getty Images) Tom Brady during game week two versus the Carolina Panthers
Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, have had a shaky start to the 2020 NFL season. Week one saw them lose to the New Orleans Saints and fellow future Hall of Fame QB, Drew Brees. This past week saw them win against the Carolina Panthers 31-17.
Brady Had an alright day, completing 23-35 passes for 217 yards and one touchdown. He did add an interception to his stat line as well. Brady’s touchdown came on a pass to star wide receiver Mike Evans for 23 yards and a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Brady also surpassed 75,000 passing yards.
Leonard Fournette lead the Buccaneers in rushing with 103 yards on 12 carries and added two touchdowns. Fournette, for those who may not know, was in the final year of his rookie contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars until he was shockingly released and signed by the Buccaneers.
The Panthers did their best to keep up with the far better Buccaneers. Teddy Bridgewater, who was signed by the team this offseason after deciding not to re-sign New England Patriots QB Cam Newton, had 367 passing yard and 2 interceptions.
Panthers Star running back Christian McCaffrey scored two touchdowns before exiting the game with an ankle injury. He also only had 59 yards which for him is an underachievement. McCaffrey looks like he will be out for a few weeks with his ankle injury.
Brady has a total of 456 yards, three passing touchdowns, three interceptions to go along with four rush attempts for nine yards, and a touchdown. He has completed 64.8% (46-71) of his passes, but what is shocking is his QBR (Quarterback Rating) which takes all the positive and negative plays and gives the QB a rating based on how they played. Brady has a 43.8 which is good for 29th out of 33 eligible QB’s.
As far as career stats go, Brady is just six passing touchdowns away from 550, trailing only Brees (550). Barring injury, Brady will become only the second QB in history to surpass 300 career games (Brett Favre- 302) in week 2 of the 2021 season. He also needs just 77 completions for 6,500 total.
Phillip Rivers will also join the 60,000 passing yards club when the Indianapolis Colts face the dreadful New York Jets.
The Panthers will play the Los Angeles Chargers this week which could go either way, with the Chargers coming off an overtime loss to reigning Superbowl champions the Kansas City Chiefs. Meanwhile, Brady and the Buccaneers will travel to Denver to take on the Broncos, who are already without starting QB Drew Lock and wide receiver Courtland Sutton.