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Bucs QB Tom Brady with six games left in the season: ‘Hopefully our best is ahead of us’. The Buccaneers’ 2022.
this fixture was less smooth than in 2021, as the team finished with a 13-4 record and claimed their first division title since 2005. Tampa Bay currently sits atop the NFC South heading into Monday night’s home game, against the New Orleans Saints with a 5-6 record.
And with the Atlanta Falcons (5-7) edging behind the Bucs, the division tilt is huge for Tom Brady’s squad as they prepare for the long haul.
During Friday’s press conference, Brady didn’t hold back discussing what the Bucs can do more to finish the season strong. “I think practice is very important for all of us,” Brady told reporters.
“The more we can do in practice to predict what’s going to happen in the game, the better we can earn each other’s trust.”
I think the passing game is certainly about confidence and anticipation. You know you get a lot of those reps in training camp. Then you get into the season and there’s a balance between keeping guys fresh.”
The Bucs have averaged 18.2 points per game this season so far, scoring less than 24 points in 10 of 11 games and boast the lowest-ranked rushing offense in the league, per NFL Research.
Bucs QB Tom Brady, Have 3 Leaders In The Match
Tampa Bay has had the same offensive unit from last season, with stars like Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Leonard Fournette leading the way.
But injuries have played a factor in the offense’s struggles with each missing a game or two, including newcomers Julio Jones and Russell Gage.
It will be a challenge to get back on track as All-Pro offensive, tackle Tristan Wirfs suffered an ankle injury in Week 12 and is expected to miss three or four games. But Brady-led squads have a proven track record in the winter months.
Brady is 9-1 in Week 13 or later since joining the Bucs in 2020, per NFL Research. The 45-yard-old QB explained why he believes the best football is still achievable for Tampa Bay.
“Football is a very humbling game for all of us. You can’t take anything for granted,” Brady said. “There’s times when I walk in there and think I’m the worst quarterback to ever play and that’s just the way it is. You try to go out there the next day and do a better job and you get it back. It’s just the way football goes.
So, when I think you’re losing everything is horrible and when you win, you think everything is great, even though not everything is great.
When you are losing, you think everything is horrible, even though it’s probably not all horrible and it’s just not good enough.
“There’s a long season ahead for all of us, and still a lot of football left to be played and hopefully our best is ahead of us.”After Monday’s game, Tampa Bay is set to face the 49ers, Bengals, Cardinals, Panthers and Falcons.
Bucs QB Tom Brady Next, Packers OT David Bakhtiari Undergoes Emergency Appendectomy, Will Miss Week 13 Vs. Bears
David Bakhtiari’s season of redemption met an unexpected interruption Friday.
The offensive tackle underwent an emergency appendectomy and will miss the Packers’ Week 13 game against Chicago, the team announced.
Bakhtiari tweeted an explanation Friday afternoon, telling his followers he thought he may have strained his abdomen and brought up the discomfort to the team doctor, who discovered he needed an appendectomy immediately. Bakhtiari’s procedure was successful, and he will spend the following days recovering from the surgery.
Bakhtiari has traveled a long and arduous road back to the field, appearing in just one game in 2021 following a season-ending injury suffered in 2020. His return in 2022 wasn’t smooth, either, but he’s been able to play in nine of Green Bay’s 12 games so far.
He’ll miss another game Sunday, but thankfully he shouldn’t have to wait long before he can get back on the field.
Bears QB Justin Fields (Left Shoulder) Avoids Injury Report, Appears Set To Return Vs. Packers
Justin Fields is on track to return to the field this weekend. The Bears quarterback did not appear on Chicago’s Friday injury report,
essentially clearing the way for him to start Sunday versus NFC North rival Green Bay, Coach Matt Eberflus told reporters Friday that Fields.
who’s dealing with a left shoulder injury, appears to be on track to start as long as he doesn’t experience a setback.
“If it keeps going the way it is the last two days, it’s a green light,” he said. “So that’s what we’re looking at.”
Fields’ anticipated backup, Trevor Siemian, will not be available for the rest of the season due to an oblique injury suffered in Week 12.
Siemian elected to undergo season-ending surgery on the injury, Eberflus said, leaving Nathan Peterman as Fields’ backup.
Quarterbacks Are Still Expected To Play Even Though They Are Injured
in practice the last two days and is expected to start in Chicago on Sunday, as well. Fields sustained his shoulder injury in Chicago’s loss to Atlanta in Week 11, forcing him to miss the Bears’ Week 12 loss to the Jets. The week off was apparently enough for Fields to heal and prepare to play, though the decision to play Fields this week is an interesting one.
At 3-9, the Bears can’t afford to lose again, or else they’ll have to say goodbye to their slim playoff chances. It makes sense to welcome back Chicago’s most explosive playmaker, especially for a rivalry game against the Packers.
Chicago’s schedule, however, suggests it might be wiser to keep Fields on the bench with a bye week coming after Sunday’s game. The quarterback’s greatest value to the team is not rooted in the month ahead, but in the years to come, Based on the team’s approach — which is likely at least partially motivated by its current position — Fields’ injury might not be serious enough to require additional weeks off.
We’ll find out Sunday when Fields attempts to lead Chicago to a win over its century-old rival.