With Tom Brady to Tampa Bay, we can’t wait for these awesome QB matchups

first_imgThe worst part about the Bucs’ schedule is the Patriots aren’t on it. That game is scheduled for 2021 at New England, so Brady would have to play two years in Tampa Bay for that to happen.MORE: Brady’s mistake in leaving Pats for Bucs is all timingHere are the five matchups we can’t wait for in 2020:Honorable mentionTwo NFC South matchups with Matt Ryan and the Falcons will provide ample opportunities for Super Bowl 51 replays and a look back at 28-3. The Buccaneers also play both Los Angeles teams at Raymond James Stadium.5. Buccaneers at LionsWhy would we be interested in the trip to Ford Field? It’s against former Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia. The Lions beat the Patriots 26-10 in 2018 in one of more inexplicable results of that season. It’s a good quarterback duel with Matthew Stafford, too. Brady has just five touchdowns and two interceptions in three career starts at Ford Field. It’s still a homecoming of sorts for the former Michigan quarterback.4. Buccaneers at RaidersVegas, baby. The NFL has a unique scheduling opportunity here: Why not give Las Vegas the Sunday Night Football spotlight by bringing in Brady for the opener? There are so many ties that bind. Raiders coach Jon Gruden won a Super Bowl at Tampa Bay, but Brady beat Gruden and the Raiders in the infamous “Tuck Rule” game. This game should be on Sunday Night Football, and it doesn’t matter who the Raiders’ starting quarterback is. It would draw one of the highest Nielsen ratings of the season if they put it in Week 1.MORE: How Tampa became Brady’s best fit in his quest to win a Super Bowl3. Packers at BuccaneersIt’s Brady vs. Aaron Rodgers. For all the debates involving the two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks, this matchup has only materialized twice. Rodgers led Green Bay to a 26-21 victory against New England in 2014, and Brady returned the favor in a 31-17 victory on Sunday Night Football in 2018. This is a rubber match — and perhaps the prelude to a playoff matchup. One can only hope.2. Chiefs at BuccaneersWho knew Chiefs vs. Bucs would be must-see TV? Mahomes is the reigning Super Bowl champion, and this will be another one of those games with a “passing the torch” theme. Does Mahomes have it? Can Brady — who is 2-1 in head-to-head starts against the dynamic Chiefs quarterback — give one more reminder about who the best in the business is? This will be one of the more anticipated matchups, and seems destined for midseason.1. Buccaneers vs. Saints (twice)Brees is 41. Brady is 42, going on 43.They had their first head-to-head matchup when No. 11 Purdue met No. 4 Michigan on Oct. 2, 1999. Now that Tom Brady is reportedly on the move to Tampa Bay for the 2020 season, the next step is to look at the Buccaneers’ schedule. NFL fans should be delighted that Brady won’t be up against AFC East teams, against which he owns an 86-22 career record.Tampa Bay’s schedule does present a few unique blockbuster matchups — including some with the best quarterbacks in the game today — that will be made-for-primetime with Brady involved. These two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks have only five head-to-head matchups in the NFL; Brees is 3-2 in those games.The fact we get to see it twice in 2020 — in games that could decide the NFC South 21 years after that first matchup in Ann Arbor — is a rare treat all football fans can enjoy.last_img read more

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