After losing 41–31 to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell to 2–2 for the year. It was their second loss in a row since they lost 14-12 to the Green Bay Packers a week ago. Now, Tom Brady and company will turn their attention to a matchup against the Atlanta Falcons that will decide which team gets sole control of the NFC South.
If the Bucks do lose to the Falcons on Sunday, it would mean a historic losing streak for Brady. As Jeff Darlington of ESPN notes that Brady lost three games in a row only once in his career – in 2002, two decades ago.
Yes, yes, Brady has only lost three games in a row once in his career. It was actually a four-loss streak that happened between weeks 4 and 8 of 2002, when Brady was with the New England Patriots. Brady suffered back-to-back losses in both of his first two seasons with Tampa, but never lost a third time in a row.
The Falcons have only won one game against the Buccaneers in their last five games – that victory came in overtime on December 29, 2019, before Brady joined the franchise.
Receiver injuries were a major reason the Buccaneers got off to a slow start. Julio Jones, Chris Godwin, Breshad Perryman and Russell Gage were injured, while Mike Evans was suspended for one game for fighting against the New Orleans Saints.
The Falcons are the team owned by Brady. He is 9-0 against Atlanta, and, of course, had a historic 28-3 comeback victory over them in Super Bowl LI. Bookmaker Caesars sees the Buccaneers as the favorite over the Falcons by 8.5 points, but if things go wrong on Sunday, Brady will have the longest losing streak in two decades.