TAMPA, Fla. (NWN) — One of Tom Brady’s winning advantages over the course of an unrivaled NFL career is rarely answering questions about the long stretches of losing.
The seven-time Super Bowl champion has not lost more than two games in a row in 19 years, a streak he will try to keep alive when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host a revamped New York Giants on Monday night.
Brady is on pace to set personal bests in passing and touchdowns, but also doing a pair of losses in New Orleans and Washington in which he and the Tampa Bay defense generally weren’t at their best.
The 44-year-old quarterback had only lost three in a row in 2002—Brady’s first season as a full-time starter with the New England Patriots, who suffered a four-game skid en route to a 9–7 finish.
The Bucs (6-3) haven’t celebrated a win since they dominated the Chicago Bears 38-3 on October 24. This is a nearly month-long segment that includes the team’s goodbye week.
Brady, who has more regular season (236) and post-season (34) wins than any player in league history, is not accustomed to such droughts.
“It’s like most teams when you don’t win. In response to a question about how it’s felt for the Super Bowl champs over the past three weeks, Brady said, “It’s almost never fun getting all the work done and we’re going to grind it out,” Brady said. and trying to fix it.
“We are not doing what it takes to win on the field. To do it the right way, you put a lot of time and energy and detail into what we’re doing,” Brady said. “It will feel great when we win,” he said. But we have to go to earn it, and we’re going up against a team that challenges you to do it.”
The Giants (3-6) have won two of their last three matches after starting 1-5 and are excited about the prospect of injury, with Saxon Barkley returning to the lineup for the first time in more than a month.
Brady has thrown for 2,870 yards and 27 touchdowns versus seven interceptions. Four of those picks came in the last two games, contributing to losses that included costly penalties and the inability to get off the field on the third down that also curtailed Tampa Bay’s chances.
The quarterback was asked if he’s ever tempted to remind people that like every player in the NFL, he’s capable of playing a bad game.
Brady said, “I just like to win and erase it from people’s minds.”
“I have a great group of great teammates and coaches and we’re going to work to fix that. … I think the expectations are high for a reason because we have so many talented players, and We know we can play at a higher level,” he said. “We just have to go do it.”
Tampa Bay also had a two-game losing streak last season, Brady’s first with the Buicks. This ended a stretch in which the team lost three out of four, falling to a 7–5 lead in early December.
Not only did Brady rebound to avoid a three-game skid, but Tampa Bay went 8-0 the rest of the way.
The quarterback is confident that the defending champs will play better from Monday night against the Giants, who thrashed Tampa Bay in a two-point, prime-time loss to the Bucks last season.
“Winning football as often as possible is about doing the right thing, everyone is on the same page, great communication and trying to be as best as possible on every game,” Brady said.
“Things are not always going to be perfect, but you have to make as few mistakes as possible. I think there is a real urgency for us to correct it,” he said. “We played with this opponent last year and they gave us a big Challenged. … It will be a big challenge for us, and we have to play the way we are capable of playing.”
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