Both Drew Brees and Tom Brady didn’t look overly confident in their Week 1 showdown last Sunday.
In one of the more highly-anticipated games of the NFL’s season-opening weekend, Drew Brees and Tom Brady faced off last Sunday. However, things felt quite different for multiple reasons. No. 1, Brady is no longer with the Patriots and made his debut with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Secondly, both quarterbacks, future Hall of Famers, didn’t look like their usual selves whatsoever. Both Brees and Brady struggled to showcase their usual talented arms, leaving fans wondering why they looked so rusty. Is this something we all need to worry about the rest of the season?
Tom Brady’s debut with the Buccaneers turned out to be one to forget
New Orleans ended up coming away with the 34-23 victory, but the talking points after the final whistle surely revolved around the two veteran quarterbacks. Starting with Brady, he clearly didn’t have the same zip on the ball. He finished the day throwing for 239 yards and two touchdowns, but also threw two interceptions, one of which Janoris Jenkins took back to the house for six.
After the loss, Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians was quick to say Brady was at fault for both of his turnovers.
“One was a miscommunication between he and Mike (Evans),” Arians said. “He thought Mike was going down the middle. It’s a different coverage. Mike read it right. He should’ve bent across his face, but Tom just overthrew it. The other one was a screen pass with an outlet called. He threw the outlet, and there was a pick six. Bad decision.”
For Brees, he had a rather pedestrian day too, throwing for only 160 yards and two touchdowns. Those are not the kinds of numbers fans are used to seeing from him at all. He struggled to connect with his downfield throws as well, which obviously isn’t a good sign.
Moving forward, both Bucs and Saints fans will hope that Brees and Brady can clean things up and get their offenses humming. Week 1 was surely a wake-up call for both signal-callers, though.