We’re not exactly breaking news here at Touchdown Wire when we say that Tom Brady is perhaps the greatest quarterback in NFL history. And in his first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he’s also become the greatest 43-year-old quarterback in NFL history — though that’s a lower bar, as only George Blanda, Doug Flutie, Vinny Testaverde, and Warren Moon have pass attempts at that age, and their attempts total 71 to Brady’s 610. In any event, while there were systemic issues in the schematic marriage between Brady and head coach Bruce Arians early on, Brady and the Bucs have certainly turned things around of late. Over his last four games, Brady has completed 69.1% of his passes for 1,333 yards, 9.8 yards per attempt, 12 touchdowns and one interception. At this age, to be playing as well as he ever has, is quite a statement.
But it hasn't been about the regular season for Jackson for a long time. The question of whether he can win in the postseason has lingered over him since the Ravens collapsed to the Titans a year ago. Now, against the same Titans, the time has come for Jackson to put those doubts to rest.
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“I think I’ll be ready [for Week 1],” Burrow told FS1 Thursday, via Ben Baby of ESPN. “I think it’ll be just fine.”
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The series was a running tabulation of statistics, player performance, and of course, impact on team success. In that respect, this analysis was a linear or non-episodic process.
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HOPE: Brees, who turns 42 on Jan. 15, threw for 4,967 yards and 34 TDs with 12 interceptions. RB Alvin Kamara led the league with 21 TDs (16 rushing, five receiving) and tied an NFL record by scoring six times in his last start in Week 16. Kamara also had a career-best 83 receptions, tops among the league's running backs. The Saints also sport one of the top defenses with a front that's stout against the run and a playmaking secondary that tied for first in the NFL with 18 interceptions.
4. New Orleans vs. Buffalo: The Saints have one of the best pass defenses in the game, and Josh Allen is just out here waiting to test it. This could be the first Super Bowl to hit 200 total points.
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The real storyline surrounding the D.C. team is on quarterback Alex Smith. Over 600 days ago, Smith suffered one of the most gruesome leg injuries in the history of the sport. Nearly two years later, he’ll suit up for a playoff game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.