Brady Passes Brees For TD Record As Bucs Beat Raiders

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  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers routed the Las Vegas Raiders 45-20 on Sunday.
  • Tom Brady threw for four touchdowns to move past Drew Brees for most career TDs with 559.
  • Tampa Bay is a 10-point betting favorite over the New York Giants in their next assignment.

After two games, some said that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had an old Tom Brady behind center. The Bucs were 1-1 to start the year and Brady threw only three scores with three picks. But since then, the 43-year old future Hall of Famer has looked liked the Tom Brady of old with 14 touchdowns and only one interception in his last five games played.

On Sunday, Brady had a mammoth outing. He completed 33 of 45 passes for 369 yards with four touchdowns plus added a rushing touchdown to make it five total scores for the afternoon. Tampa Bay beat the Las Vegas Raiders 45-20 to improve to 5-2 on the season, the best record in the NFC South division.

559th Career Touchdown

Brady spread the ball extremely well, which led his receivers to having big games. Scotty Miller had his first 100-yard game with six passes for 109 yards with one touchdown. Chris Godwin caught nine passes for 88 yards and a score while Rob Gronkowski had another solid game with five catches for 62 yards including this five-yard touchdown catch.

The catch was Gronk’s second TD catch of the season. Brady and Gronk have now connected for 80 touchdowns, passing Dan Marino and Mark Clayton’s 79 for 4th most among NFL duos in the history of the NFL.

But his biggest achievement of the day, aside from putting the Bucs on top of the NFC South again with a 5-2 records, was passing Drew Brees for the most passing touchdowns thrown in NFL history. Brees threw two touchdowns on Sunday during the Saints’ 27-24 win over the Panthers. Brady finished with four on the day, putting his career total of 559, one more than Brees.

These two future Hall of Famers will go back and forth for the record for the rest of the season. The record will likely go down to who plays longer in the NFL between Brady and Brees. But for today, it’s Brady who owns the record.

The Bucs play the New York Giants next weekend. The Giants are allowing 24.9 points per game this season and are giving up 269.9 passing yards per contest. The Buccaneers head to their second straight Monday Night assignment as ten-point favorites and massive -450 odds on favorite at the Moneyline.

Going The Opposite Direction

While Brady has found success with the Buccaneers, the Patriots are going the opposite direction. With their 33-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, New England has dropped three straight games for the first time since 2002. The Patriots had played 286 games without losing three straight games, the longest span between three-game winning streaks in NFL history.

New England’s 27 point home loss was the worst loss in the Bill Belichick era and was tied for their second-worst loss overall. At 2-4 New England is two games behind the division leaders for the first time since 2000. They finished that season six games behind the leader and were 3.5 back after week 7. 2000 was Bill Belichick’s first season with the Patriots.

Cam Newton threw for only 98 yards on Sunday, completing just 9 of 15 passes with three interceptions while rushing for 19 yards. Newton became the first Patriot QB since Steve Grogan in 1983 with zero touchdowns, three interceptions and less than 100 passing yards. Newton is also the first New England QB since Drew Bledsoe in 1995 to throw multiple interceptions with zero touchdowns in back to back games.

With another poor outing from Newton, the Patriots now ranks 1st in the league in interceptions and last in touchdowns. The last time this has happened to New England was in Week 12 of the 1972 season. In contrast, Brady has 18 scores and only four interceptions in Tampa Bay. He has also outhrown the Patriots 1,1910 to 1,183 in total yards this season.

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