Why the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Will Win the Super Bowl


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Mike Evans, Tom Brady’s number one target, has been elite his entire career, and needs to continue his play this playoffs.

Nick Holt, Editor-in-Chief

It’s just about this time of year that everyone seems to forget about a guy named Tom Brady.  There’s something to be said about a new age of NFL talent, it’s beautiful, Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson, Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen, all up and coming playoff quarterbacks who are on fire.  But, there is no one who has ever dominated the sport of football more than Tom Brady, and he is the sole reason on why the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will win the Super Bowl.

Last Saturday, the Bucs first matchup was a bit of a cake walk on paper, the Washington Football Team.  The worst team record wise, in the playoffs at 7-9, it was pretty given that the Bucs would win the game, which they did.  The score being 31-23, it was a cute effort by WFT, with their electric backup quarterback, Taylor Heinicke setting Twitter on fire with the way he played…but was the game ever in question? No.

The next matchup for the Bucs this weekend are the New Orleans Saints, and yes the Saints have already beaten the Bucs twice, and on paper the Saints are one of the better teams in the remaining group of competition, but I can’t see Tom Brady lose three times to one team.  First of all, I was simply not impressed with the way the Saints played football on Sunday against the Bears.  I think if Javon Wims doesn’t drop a wide open touchdown, the game is completely different, but that’s beside the fact.  Drew Brees is no longer good at football and Sean Payton turns into a different coach in the playoffs. Brees condenses the offense for the Saints so much, he doesn’t nearly have the arm strength that he used to.  It’s really an ugly sight to watch, it’s like everything for the Saints is a check down to one of their running backs, or a curl route.  Meanwhile, Sean Payton refused to get the ball to his superstars last game, running their offense through their kick returner, Deonte Harris, who showed out, but obviously isn’t ideal…The Saints had so much success early in the year, getting the ball to Alvin Kamara, and letting him do his thing, but come playoff time, Payton switches it up.  It’s odd, but it’s all in favor of Tampa Bay.

In the past decade or so, this is probably the most weapons that Tom Brady has played with.  I would say of all time, but that’s disrespectful to Randy Moss and prime Rob Gronkowski.  But, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Antonio Brown, are all pretty awesome.  All are top tier receivers in the NFL, and Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of all time, no question about it.  I don’t see any reason why their offense could come to a halt.  Against WFT, the offensive line did a great job containing Chase Young, one of the better pass rushers in the league, allowing zero sacks on the game.  There may have been a few missed holding calls, but hey, that’s the Tom Brady effect.  I’m really impressed with the way this team plays together, and how amazing Tom Brady is every single season.  He’s 43 years old. 43.  He just threw for 4,633 yards, 40 TDs, and 12 Ints.  It’s absurd and he’s the greatest of all time. He shouldn’t stop playing and the Bucs shouldn’t stop winning.  Tom Brady is a masterclass of winning, and never getting old.

As impressive as the offense is, their defense might be just as good, Tampa Bay finished with the 6th ranked defense in the NFL this past season, a 9 spot leap frog from the previous year.  Filled with maulers up front such as Ndamukong Suh, the seasoned vet, who has led this defense to a premier rush stopping front, along with linebacking talent Devin White and Shaq Barrett.  Tampa’s front 7 has to be one of the top in the league.  If they can force Drew Brees to throw the ball deep next week, shutting down the run, it will be another win for the Brady’s boys.

It’s a long way to the Super Bowl, and maybe I’m just a scarred Jets fan who’s been abused by the Tom Brady led Patriots for years and years.  If there’s anything I’ve learned, it’s to never bet against Brady, especially when the lights are brightest.