Stephen A. Smith was Impressed by Tom Brady-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers After Saints Win

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January 19, 2021 4:57 am

Shouldering the burden of expectations, somehow Tom Brady has managed to come through yet again. The 43-year-old veteran led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a memorable 20-30 win over NFC South champions, New Orleans Saints.

RB Leonard Fournette and the Buccaneers wideouts corps had a field day at work as they caused all sorts of problems for the Saints defense, especially in the 4th quarter.

Jan 3, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA;Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) runs with the ball against the Atlanta Falcons during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Bucs defense featuring Devin White, Ndamukong Suh, Shaquil Barrett, and others deserves credit for last night’s win. All in all, HC Bruce Arians proved to doubters that Tampa Bay are serious Super Bowl contenders.

Don’t believe us? Then hear it from the man himself.

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Stephen A. Smith singles out Tom Brady and Andy Reid for special praise

On a rare note, ESPN First Take co-hosts, Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman, were in agreement in the latest installment of the series. What was the topic of discussion? Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, of course.

Here’s what Smith had to say about the Bruce Arians-coached team. “So I’m looking at it from the standpoint that I’m impressed with what I’ve seen from Tampa, particularly their defense.

“I already raved about Bruce Arians and that staff has 4 brothers as lead assistants, Assistant Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator, Offensive Coordinator, Special Teams Coordinator.

“I mean, all of them are brothers major, major props to Bruce Arians, but in the end, I’m still looking at New Orleans and saying ‘Damn’, I didn’t expect that from them,” Smith said on the show.

Jan 3, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (14) is congratulated by running back Leonard Fournette (28) and wide receiver Mike Evans (13) after scoring a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Buccaneers will go up against another strong unit in the form of the Aaron Rodgers-led Green Bay Packers on Sunday. The Bucs have already beaten the Packers once this season. They can complete the double in the NFC Championship game.

But will Brady and Co. crack under pressure in the climax of their ‘make-it-or-break-it’ season? We’ll find out soon enough.

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Daniel Arambur

Daniel Arambur is an NFL journalist for EssentiallySports who is an admirer of the old guard in Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. He believes the latter has one more Super Bowl left in him before he bows out for good. Daniel bills Patrick Mahomes as one of the best up-and-coming quarterbacks in the league.

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