We usually see the reigning champs lose a lot of their key players and enter a slight rebuild, but it appears that Tom Brady has convinced everyone to stay put for at least one more year.
That’s a scary proposition for the rest of the league, especially if they remain as strong as they were down the stretch last season.
It does need to be remembered that history tells us that the reigning champs will fall short in their next season for a variety of injuries, and there will undoubtedly be more “father time vs Brady” arguments to be had this summer.
It’s tough to pick holes in a winning roster but you never know how injuries will play out, while they’ll now have the target on their back with everybody looking to defeat them.
It will be a surprise if they don’t go on to regain the division, and they start off their title defence with a visit from the Dallas Cowboys:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2021 Schedule
|1||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Dallas Cowboys|
|2||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Atlanta Falcons|
|3||Los Angeles Rams||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|4||New England Patriots||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|5||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Miami Dolphins|
|6||Philadelphia Eagles||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|7||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Chicago Bears|
|8||New Orleans Saints||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|10||Washington Football Team||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|11||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||New York Giants|
|12||Indianapolis Colts||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|13||Atlanta Falcons||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|14||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Buffalo Bills|
|15||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||New Orleans Saints|
|16||Carolina Panthers||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|17||New York Jets||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|18||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Carolina Panthers|
Tom Brady has been around for so long that he has history with most teams, but the matchups with the Patriots and Giants should be fun, while he’ll also be keen to remind Buffalo and the Jets that he’s still the boss of them too.