Tom Brady has shaken up the NFL world by deciding to leave New England and join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He joins a team that has not been to the postseason since 2007 and instantly makes the Bucs an intriguing dark horse contender. The GOAT's big move allows us to look ahead at some prognostications for 2020, and we're not holding back.
3. Bucs Win 12 Games... and the NFC South
The Bucs have not won 12 games since 2002, when the team went on to win their first and only Super Bowl title. Their last NFC South crown came way back in 2007. Both feats will finally be attainable with Brady at quarterback. The team is loaded with weapons on offense, starting with all-world wideout Mike Evans, the most dangerous receiver Brady's had in his arsenal since Randy Moss. Jameis Winston just couldn't stop turning the ball over, and it was clear that the Bucs were better than last year's not-so-terrible 7-9 record. Brady will bring this team to its full potential under Bruce Arians, who was notably responsible for helping to engineer Carson Palmer's late-career renaissance with Arizona five years ago.
2. Brady Passes Drew Brees on All-Time TD Passes List
Drew Brees and Tom Brady both passed Peyton Manning's mark of 539 passing touchdowns last season, and while Brees is now the all-time leader with 547, Brady isn't far behind with 541. Now together in the NFC South, both will now go head-to-head twice in 2020 -- at least twice! -- and Brady is on a team loaded with weapons in Evans, Chris Godwin, and OJ Howard. Brees is beginning to slow down, and had only 27 touchdowns last year. Brady had 24 with a lack of weapons, and could come close to doubling that number in 2020 to surpass Brees on the career list.
1. Yes, Tampa Bay Wins the Super Bowl!
Believe it! The Bucs have been to one Super Bowl in franchise history, when Jon Gruden's team took down the Oakland Raiders to cap the 2002 season; Brady has been to a whopping nine Super Bowls and has won six. The Bucs have also only been to the playoffs a total of 10 times in franchise history. They're due. Brady is still a legend, and can author the rare feat of winning a Super Bowl in his team's home stadium if he guides the Bucs to the promised land. His move to Tampa shifts the balance of power in the NFL -- any team he plays for has a fighting chance to win. Period.