Headed into week two Tom Brady has made it apparent he is looking forward to facing the Atlanta Falcons. One can hardly blame the Bucs quarterback considering how badly Atlanta performed against the Eagles in week one.
For the Falcons and any other team hoping to beat the Bucs, this season, history tells us there is only one way to beat Tom Brady. You must have pass rushers that can get Brady off his spots and force him to be uncomfortable.
He isn’t Aaron Rodgers or Patrick Mahomes who thrive on broken plays scrambling and making something out of thin air. He is a tactician who needs execution and relies on chemistry to make plays know who will be where.
Your only hope of beating Tom Brady is putting pressure in his face consistently
One could argue this is the way to beat any quarterback but as we have seen with Lamar Jackson and the aforementioned Rodgers and Mahomes they can thrive and beat you if you run them out of the pocket.
Unfortunately for Atlanta, a pass rush is one of the things they lack. Dante Fowler Jr. and Grady Jarrett are the only players on their roster who might make Tom Brady uncomfortable. For the rest of the league, it is a tough ask as well when you consider Tampa’s solid offensive line.
In Super Bowl losses to the Giants and Eagles Brady faced pressure and was made to go off script a script that will always end with him winning if you can’t put pressure on the veteran. Even in last year’s regular-season debacle when the Bucs lost to Nick Foles and the Bears it was because of the pass rush.
Chicago was able to give Foles enough chances to beat Brady who was consistently frustrated by a great Bears rush. The blueprint to beating Brady is out there, that doesn’t make it any easier for teams to execute, and for Atlanta, in week two it is less than helpful.
Atlanta has to hope one of their middling defenders suddenly becomes a great pass rusher in week two. Otherwise, they will be Brady’s next victim in what will be another long season for Falcons fans.