Welcome to The Truda Report everybody. Today I'll be giving my pick for tonight's TNF game, and I'll also talk a little bit about the Patriots season so far. Make sure to share this article because it helps TTR grow.
Pick and Pats Talk:
Tonight I'm taking the Patriots to win this game. I really want to call upset in favor of the Buccaneers, but after starting 2-2 I don't see Bill Belichick allowing his team to drop below .500 more than a quarter way through the season. Both team's defenses have been underwhelming so far, and honestly I think this game goes to the offense with the biggest plays tonight. Tampa definitely has the ability to do that with weapons like Mike Evans, Desean Jackson, and now Doug Martin (who is returning from suspension) but I can see players like Cooks and Gronkowski gashing the Bucs secondary as well. In the end it comes down to Belichick, but the fact that this game is up in the air is something I want to talk about.
Tom Brady is aging. The Patriots defense is aging. New England's pass catchers are aging. Everything about the Pats is getting older, slower, and less effective. It showed last year in the Super Bowl when the young Atlanta Falcons absolutely dominated New England until the play callers screwed everything up by not running the ball. It's now showing this year as we have seen Kansas City beat them and a, to be completely honest, underwhelming Panthers team dominate them offensively. The Pats tried to get younger by acquiring Brandin Cooks via trade this off season, but it wasn't the offense that needed the youthful boost. This team's defense is currently the worst in the league and is on pace to be the worst ever. Opposing offenses are dismantling them, and this does not bode well for the remainder of their season. Just knowing that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a real chance to upset New England tonight is scary for fans of the Patriots, because the start to this season is showing the dynasty is coming to the end. Brady hasn't been playing great to start this year, and I wonder just how long he has left.
High School Senior from Connecticut obsessed with sports stats, facts, and management.