Joe Burrow, Tom Brady face off in pivotal clash

Joe Burrow, Tom Brady face off in pivotal clash

The current and future meet the previous on Sunday when the Bengals play the Buccaneers on Sunday in Tampa. 

Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, in his third season, will stare down Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady, who’s in his twenty third season and, based mostly on his struggles this season, seems to have stayed one season too lengthy. 

Brady, who’s gained seven Tremendous Bowl rings, is dealing with Burrow, the No. 1-overall decide within the 2020 draft, for the primary time. And he gushed over Burrow. 

“He’s an awesome younger participant,’’ Brady mentioned. “He’s acquired an awesome arm, runs properly, very athletic. I’m actually impressed by him overcoming the adversities that he has. There have been excessive expectations for him popping out and he’s lived as much as it. So, quite a lot of credit score to him, and their group’s executed an awesome job. They have been within the Tremendous Bowl final 12 months, they’re taking part in very well this 12 months. Good protection, good offense, good particular groups group. Effectively-coached. It’s going to be a tricky recreation.” 

Burrow, in the meantime, downplayed him matching up with Brady or any comparisons between the 2. 

“I don’t actually take note of it,’’ Burrow mentioned this week. “He’s Tom and I’m Joe. It’s our 14th recreation of the season. Clearly, the best quarterback ever is on the opposite aspect, however we acquired a job to do, too, and our job is to go and win, get to 10-4 and transfer on.” 

The Bengals have been left for useless after shedding their first two video games and sitting at 4-4. However they’re now the most popular group within the league, having gained their previous 5 video games to vault right into a tie with the Ravens atop the AFC North at 9-4. 

Joe Burrow and the Bengals are red-hot after a tough begin to the season. Getty Pictures

The Buccaneers, in the meantime, have staggered by way of this season and are 6-7, with Brady usually wanting each little bit of his 45 years. 

After averaging greater than 30 factors per recreation the previous two seasons with Brady, the Bucs are averaging simply 17.2 factors per recreation this season, which ranks twenty eighth within the NFL. They’re coming off a 35-7 loss at San Francisco final Sunday. 

It’s been a bizarre 12 months for Brady, as a result of statistically he leads the NFL in completions with 381 and is fourth with 3,585 yards. He had 17 landing passes to only 5 interceptions. But the Bucs have struggled to attain. 

Brady and the Bucs are lucky the remainder of the NFC South is so weak, they usually’re truly within the driver’s seat to win the division, in first place one recreation away from the Panthers and Falcons with 4 video games remaining. 

“The one factor about soccer is you get what you deserve,’’ Brady mentioned. “You’ve acquired to go earn it. The Rams have been the Tremendous Bowl champions final 12 months. This 12 months they’re not having the sort of 12 months they need. It’s a problem, and also you simply strive to determine the problem 

“It’s a protracted race. It’s not over in Week 13. That’s why you play all 17 [games]. We’ll see the place we’re measured on the finish of the 12 months.’’ 

Tom Brady has endured a wierd season amid off-the-field distractions. USA TODAY Sports activities

The Bengals acquired their high receiver Ja’Marr Chase again within the lineup final week after he was sidelined a month with a hip damage and he produced 10 catches for 119 yards and a TD towards the Browns final Sunday. Burrow has thrown for 3,685 yards, 27 TDs and 9 INTs this season. 

This isn’t excellent news for the Bucs, who performed the 49ers with out three starters within the secondary — safeties Antoine Winfield and Mike Edwards, and cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting. 

With Chase again, Burrow on the high of his recreation and the Bucs protection hurting, Tampa Bay coach Todd Bowles issued a warning to his group — significantly praising Burrow. 

“He’s nice, he’s poised within the pocket, he throws an awesome ball everywhere in the discipline, he can throw at any angle, he could make any throw,’’ Bowles mentioned. “He has some nice receivers to throw to, he has a very good understanding of the offense and the sport, he can reap the benefits of what you’re attempting to provide him, he can run the ball when he has to run the ball, he can throw folks open, he can use his toes. 

“He has a knack for the sport. Sure guys once they come out of school that younger have a knack for the sport already. He has it.”

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