May 9, 2021

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A Rekindled Rivalry

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This Sunday at 4:05 PM ET, a nearly two-decade-old rivalry that began in the 2001 Divisional playoffs is reignited. On Sunday, head coach Jon Gruden and quarterback Tom Brady will meet again for the third time since January 19, 2002, when Brady came back to win his first career playoff game in overtime 16-13 and then going on to win Super Bowl XXXVI.  A year later, Jon Gruden was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as head coach and went on to win a Super Bowl himself.

Now, Gruden is back as the head coach for the Raiders and Brady with the Buccaneers, who ironically have a defense that is taking the league by storm. Todd Bowles defense leads the league in the fewest yards allowed per game (282.0), the fewest rushing yards allowed per game (64.3), the fewest yards per play (4.6), and the fewest first downs per game (16.8) and tied for second in the NFL with 11 takeaways. Just look at what they did to the Green Bay Packers in week 6.

If Tom Brady throws more touchdowns than Drew Brees this Sunday, he could become the NFL’s All-Time leader in career touchdown passes. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking to continue dominance of the NFC South standings and walk away from week 7 5-2 for the first time since Raheem Morris was the head coach in 2010.


Source: The National Football League

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