- Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have connected on a total of 93 career touchdowns.
- Brady is having an MVP season in Tampa Bay while Gronkowski is starting to look good as well.
- The 7-2 Bucs are the new betting favorites to win the NFC Conference this season.
Tom Brady to Rob Gronkowski, touchdown! How many times have we heard that line before?
During Monday night’s game against the New York Giants, that connection produced the first of two touchdowns that helped the Tampa Bay Buccaneers come from 14-3 down to beat the Giants 25-23 for their sixth win of the season against only two defeats.
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) November 3, 2020
That three yard touchdown pass from Brady to Gronk was their 93rd overall connection and put them in second place in the NFL’s record books for the most touchdowns by a QB-receiver duo in the history of the NFL, passing the 92 of 49ers legends Joe Montana and Jerry Rice. Only Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison have more with 114. And I’m not saying Tom and Rob are going to break that record. But this Tampa Bay duo is certainly one of the all-time greats and are still producing results when their detractors said they were done.
Tom Brady of Old
Has Tom Brady entered the MVP discussion? yes, he has. pic.twitter.com/00dtDh2MlE
— Pro Football Network (@PFN365) October 27, 2020
When Tom Brady announced his decision to sign at two-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, his detractors said he was washed up and that the Bucs were getting an old Tom Brady. After two games played, it looked like they were correct. Brady threw for 456 total yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions. But after starting the season with a 1-1 record, the Bucs have been 6-1 and Brady has looked like the Tom Brady of old, not the old Tom Brady.
The 43-year old six-time Super Bowl winner has 17 touchdowns and only 1 interception since week 3. Overall, he’s thrown for a total of 2,189 yards, the most by any quarterback so far this season. He has completed 66.2% of his passes and has a quarterback rating of 103.1 this season, including 108.4 in his last five games. Sure, those aren’t the best quarterback numbers in the league but for a guy whom many said were washed up after leaving New England during the offseason, Brady is having a phenomenal season.
Brady’s resurgence has put him in MVP conversation. As of the latest odds at BetOnline, Brady has risen to fourth in the odds board at +1100. Of course, Russell Wilson (-150), Patrick Mahomes (+350), and Aaron Rodgers (+900) are also having terrific seasons but all three are at least seven years younger than Brady.
Brady’s Favorite Weapon
Rob Gronkowski last 3 weeks:
? 192 yards
? 2 TDs
? 44.2 PPR fantasy points
? TE2 pic.twitter.com/wyirhHtsq5
— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) November 2, 2020
When Brady joined the Bucs, the so-called experts said he would flourish there because the Buccaneers have an impressive receiving corps led by Chris Godwin, Mike Evans, and Scotty Miller. But the Bucs didn’t stop there. They went out of their way to pursue Brady’s favorite weapon: Rob Gronkowski.
The 31-year old played nine seasons with the Bucs and won three Super Bowl titles with Brady. The four-time First Team All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowl tight end was considered one of the best to play in his position. But Gronkowski had retired after the 2018 season and was enjoying his retirement. He hosted Wrestlemania 36 last April and even won the WWE 24/7 championship. He held the title until June and became its longest-reigning champion.
Gronk was traded by the Patriots, who owned his rights, to the Bucs. He had a slow start, catching only 12 passes in Tampa Bay’s first five games of the season. But in the last three games, he’s caught 14 passes for 181 yards with one touchdown grab in each of those games. Not bad, huh? Not at all for someone who went on a one-year hiatus and not all all considering the talent he is playing alongside with.
Favorites To Win the NFC
AB is about to join the Tampa Bay Bucs and now Tom Brady will have Godwin, Evans & AB. Incredible trio. Are Bucs now NFC favorites? https://t.co/jCz43qFSiC
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) October 23, 2020
With Brady having an MVP season, and the duo of Brady and Gronk starting to connect like the old times, the Buccaneers have zoomed to the top of the SportsBetting.ag odds board to win the NFC Championship. At +275, Tampa Bay has overtaken erstwhile betting favorite Seattle who is now listed at +350. It’s still a long season but the Bucs are certainly looking good right now.
The Bucs will take their division lead at their home field this weekend when they take on the New Orleans Saints which beat them 34-23 on opening night. But the stakes have changed since that first meeting. Not only is the Brady-Gronkowski connection clicking for the Bucs, they will also parade the returning Antonio Brown who just finished serving his eight-week suspension. With Brady rolling and the Bucs adding yet another lethal weapon in AB, they are the betting favorites heading to Week 10.
According to BetOnline.ag, Tampa Bay is a -5.5 betting favorite at the spread line and -225 in the money line. Of course, beating New Orleans is never easy. Not with Drew Brees who is currently going toe to toe with Brady for the NFL’s all-time touchdown leaderboard. But with the Brady-Gronkowski tandem starting to click, Tampa Bay will be tough to beat.