There’s been a lot of talk about Brady’s struggles in prime time this season, with jokes about his age. The jokes were strong when Brady forgot he was fourth in a loss to the Chicago Bears.
Brady and the Buccaneers try again in prime time when they host the Los Angeles Rams on Monday nighta game that can be streamed live on the Yahoo Sports app. The Buccaneers are 1-2 in prime time, and the win was a close to escape against bad New York Giants team. Tampa Bay is 6-1 going into the day.
We’ve been eyeballing the idea that there’s something behind Brady’s age, sleeping habits, and tanking at night. Would that be possible?
Tom Brady was not the same overnight
Brady’s sleeping habits, go to bed at 8:30 p.m. and waking up early, have been common knowledge for years.
The Patriots played a lot on Thursday, Sunday and Monday night throughout Brady’s career, and they won most of those games. Brady has always done well in the spotlight. There’s probably nothing to its prime-time issues this season beyond random variance. However, the Patriots also lost their last three night games last season, including a loss to the Tennessee Titans in the joker round. Between Brady’s last 20 starts, his teams are 11-3 in the day and 1-5 at night.
There are more wins and losses than just quarterbacking, but Brady hasn’t been at his prime time best this season.
Normal Sunday kick-offs (seven games): 179 of 266, 1,998 yards, 20 touchdowns, 4 interceptions, 108.3 rating
Night kick-offs (three matches): 75 of 119, 741 yards, 3 TDs, 3 INTs, 78.5 rating
It’s all probably silly and uses small samples to connect the dots on a humorous tale about a 43-year-old quarterback. But maybe there is a Small something to ask someone to compete at the highest sporting level after they are usually in bed.
Buccaneers change their training schedule
Everything behind the Buccaneers looks like a different team in prime time, Tampa coach Bruce Arians has noticed. He said the primetime Bucs were a combination of ‘bad football’ [and] not be ready to play.
To change it, Arians said he would change the schedule and the team would train at night.
“We have to try something because we had really, really bad starts in night ball games“, Arians said. “We will try to practice at that time [on] friday and saturday evening [and] doing more things, in fact, on Monday morning than we did. We have to try something, so luckily we have an indoor facility and can work at night. We will do it and hopefully get a better result to start a football match at night.”
Brady is one of the NFL’s greatest clutch players, usually doing his best work when the spotlight is brightest. That has not been the case this season. Brady and the Bucs better understand that, because the NFL won’t be changing kickoff times to accommodate Brady’s bedtime.
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