Tom Brady’s backwards and forwards battle with Drew Brees for the league’s profession file for landing passes has acquired quite a lot of nationwide consideration. And whereas Brady tries to catch Brees within the file e-book, he in all probability would not thoughts being handed by one other future Corridor of Fame quarterback in a special statistical class. Brady, who’s within the midst of his twenty first season and first with the Buccaneers, has been sacked 513 occasions throughout his illustrious profession. That ties him with Ben Roethlisberger for third all-time. Each quarterbacks might quickly cross John Elway, who was sacked 516 occasions throughout his Corridor of Fame profession. Brett Favre, who made a file 297 consecutive begins throughout his Corridor of Fame profession, holds the file after being sacked 525 occasions throughout his 20-year profession.
The 43-year-old Brady has been sacked 13 occasions in 9 video games this season. He was sacked 3 times throughout final Sunday evening’s 38-3 drubbing by the hands of the Saints. The strain appeared to get to Brady, as he threw a season-high three interceptions. Together with doing a greater job defending Brady (who has been sacked 5 occasions over the previous two video games), the offense additionally has to determine methods to carry out higher on prime time. In three prime time video games this season, Tampa Bay has averaged lower than 16 factors per sport, a couple of dozen factors below their season common.
“We have to carry out higher at each time,” Brady stated of his staff’s prime time woes, through ESPN’s Jenna Laine. “One o’clock, 4 o’clock, 8 o’clock, Monday evening, Sunday evening. Would not matter. They are going to schedule the video games, and we’ll go on the market and play. I do not assume it is something magical that is occurring.
“As gamers we acquired to arrange more durable, we acquired to execute higher, there isn’t any excuses for what it’s. It is a poor efficiency by a staff that is acquired so much forward of it. Hopefully, we will be taught from it and are available again to work this week with much more urgency, execute so much higher and attempt to exit and beat an excellent soccer staff.”
Brady threw no less than one landing cross in every of the Buccaneers’ first eight video games.
Whereas Brady and the Buccaneers flip their consideration to Sunday’s opponent, the Carolina Panthers, Roethlisberger and the Steelers are coping with two opponents this week: the Cincinnati Bengals and the coronavirus pandemic. Roethlisberger is one in all 4 Steelers who have been lately positioned on the staff’s reserve/COVID-19 checklist after excessive “high-risk contact” with tight finish Vance McDonald, who has examined optimistic for the virus. On Tuesday, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin stated that he expects to have Roethlisberger below middle on Sunday so long as he passes COVID-19 protocols.
Roethlisberger is finishing a career-high 68.1% of his cross makes an attempt.
Regardless of being two of essentially the most sacked quarterbacks in league historical past, each Brady and Roethlisberger proceed to play at a excessive degree. Brady, regardless of his latest struggles, has led the Buccaneers to a 6-3 file. Roethlisberger, who missed most of final season after present process elbow surgical procedure, is on tempo to throw for a career-high 36 landing passes. His play is the principle purpose why the Steelers are 8-0 for the primary time in franchise historical past.
Brady was not sacked when the Buccaneers defeated the Panthers again in Week 2. Carolina is at present tied for thirtieth within the league in sacks. Roethlisberger, who has been sacked 10 occasions this season, would face a Bengals protection that’s tied for twenty fifth within the league in sacks.