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The 2020 Season with Brady in Tampa

Robert Dimuro

Posted on March 22, 2020 13:22

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Brady and Belichick are both out to prove that they don't need each other to win games this season.

Fans are anticipating the upcoming NFL season due to the biggest free agent signing of the 21st Century. (That, and the current virus strangling our society necessitates our attention be on other things.) Tom Brady’s performance in Tampa Bay and Belichick’s success without him will be the two biggest storylines this fall.

The Patriots, although not favored to win the AFC East, are poised to compete with their division rivals on account of their defense, which ranked first overall in 2019. It’s hard to imagine the their offense being much worse than it was in the second half of last season, even with Brady at the helm. However, it’s difficult for a team to come back from having the best QB in its division for 19 years to potentially having the worst--unless they’re able to make a decent free agent acquisition.

Aside from the AFC East, the entire AFC can finally breath, as the entire conference will no longer have to go through New England to make it to the Super Bowl. All of a sudden, the conference championship is anyone’s to win. That is, unless Mahomes and the Chiefs can forge a new dynasty with an unstoppable offense. A Chiefs vs. Ravens showdown to become AFC Champions would surely be a duel for the ages.

While the AFC rids itself of Brady, the NFC inherits him, which makes it even more stacked at the QB position. In the NFC South, Brady will face a QB in Drew Brees that dwarfs any QB that Brady ever faced in the AFC East. The two times they meet this year will undoubtedly be the most anticipated matches of the season.

How Brady performs this year will depend on a combination of many different variables: how he’s able to adjust to an entirely new system with a different head coach, how he’s able to adjust to an offense with a more vertical approach or design the offense around his skill sets, and how he’s able to compete in January should he face Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, and/or Drew Brees. 

Brady aside, the teams with the loftiest expectations are the 49er's, Chiefs, and Ravens. As dominant as the Chiefs were throughout the season, they stole the Super Bowl from the 49er's, who enjoyed a two-possession lead for most of the game before melting down on defense. Perhaps no team will be hungrier for a ring than the 49er's in light of how they lost. 

The Ravens were the most dominant team in the regular season due to Lamar Jackson and their top-three defense to boot. Consequently, the entire team is out to prove that their poor playoff performance against the Titans was just a badly-timed blip on the radar.

Whatever happens this season, these storylines will result in a very enjoyable season for everyone -- except maybe Patriots fans!

Robert Dimuro

Posted on March 22, 2020 13:22

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