Tom Brady gives a pass clinic, tossing for 276 yards and five touchdowns in the Bucs win over the Falcons. (1:47).
TAMPA -- Tom Brady, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' quarterback, is struggling to find any career "firsts" in his 22nd NFL season. Brady has thrown nine touchdown passes in the league's regular season. This surpasses his previous record of five scores in Sunday's 48-25 win over the Atlanta Falcons.
Chris Godwin, wide receiver, said that if Tom is leading the team, he makes it a great place. He has scored two touchdowns in just two weeks. "All of his skill players trust him, and trust is one the most important things in this game."
Brady passed two touchdowns to Rob Gronkowski, tight end, and Mike Evans. Godwin was also connected in the fourth quarter. Mike Edwards, defensive back, completed the job with two fourth quarter pick-sixes. He became the first player since Robert Massey (2012) to record two interceptions returned for scores within a single quarter and the first player after Zach Brown to have two such touchdowns in one game.
The Buccaneers (2-0), which includes the postseason last season, have scored at least 30 points in each of their nine previous games and won each one, the longest winning streak in NFL history. Brady and Gronkowski also have six touchdowns between them in three games, dating back to Super Bowl LV. This is their best three-game record in eleven seasons. Gronkowski joins Dee Mackey (1962), Ben Coates (1994), and Dee Mackey (1962), who are the only two tight ends to have at least two touchdown receptions each in their teams' first two games.
It's amazing. Godwin stated that he believes the more we get to know each other, the better it will be. It's hard to score 30 points in this league. This is a testament not only to our offense but also to our defense, which continues to allow us to score touchdowns.
Edwards scored two defensive touchdowns -- only the third time that a Buccaneers player has done that -- and outside linebacker Shaquil Barr intercepted Matt Ryan in quarter three, setting up Evans' second touchdown.
"I think that we can do better, and I know other guys think the same thing. Brady, who has thrown for 655 yards in this season's season, said that he really believes it. "And I believe we have the chance, with how the games are flowing. We have more opportunities with the ball. ..."
Evans had five catches for 75 yard. "We made some good plays today, but there are still many more. ... It's cool, though. Everyone must be prepared. There are so many players who can grab the ball at any time. It's up to us to be ready.
The Buccaneers offense, despite its potent scoring, still feels like it isn't at its full potential. Through Sunday's 4:05 p.m. ET games, it has five turnovers. This is tied for the most turnovers in the NFL. ET games and tied for the league lead in penalties with 22.
A 39.1% conversion rate for third down has been posted by the Buccaneers, which is tied for 17th place in the league. Their strength is their ability to score touchdowns in red zone, where they share the record with the Arizona Cardinals with seven of the most NFL touchdowns.
Brady said that "we've been a bit loose with the ball" after he lost a first-quarter sack. "Some penalties at different times have knocked out us out of some scoring drive, some missed throws that i've had, and some missed reads. I wish I could have made better throws tonight. It's great to win, it's 2-0, there's lots to improve on, and it's nice to beat a division rival."
In Week 3, the Buccaneers will face another powerful offense on the road, the Los Angeles Rams. They are averaging 30.5 point per game with Matthew Stafford as their quarterback. This will provide an indication of where the Buccaneers stand in this season's early stages, especially after their Week 11 loss to the Rams by 27 points.
Bruce Arians stated that although we scored 14 points on defense, we lost points offensively. "I have not seen us play consistently yet. We will have to get there next week, so we hope we can.