How Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski fared in Bucs’ Week 7 win vs. Raiders

The contrast is hard to ignore, even if most Patriots fans might not want to hear it.

Both the Patriots and Buccaneers were playing during the late Sunday afternoon window – and the last two Patriots starting quarterbacks had very different days.

Cam Newton and the New England offense was self-destructing, with the new Pats starter getting benched after a 98-yard, three-interception performance against the 49ers — but the man he replaced kept on writing his name in the NFL record books.

Tom Brady threw four touchdowns and added another on the ground in the Buccaneers’ 45-20 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders. Brady’s fourth touchdown pass of the game was the 559th of his regular-season career, passing Drew Brees for the most in NFL history.

Brady started his day with something he’s done many, many times before in his storied career: a 1-yard touchdown run

Speaking of things Brady has done many times in his career, what about throwing touchdowns to Rob Gronkowski? 

Sunday’s touchdown pass to Gronk was the 92nd all-time scoring strike from Brady to his long-time tight end, tying Steve Young and Jerry Rice for the second-most in NFL history.

If Brady-to-Gronk is a tried and true recipe for success, Brady’s best throw of the game — and potentially the season — went to one of his newest targets: Scotty Miller. This perfectly thrown 33-yard touchdown pass gave Tampa a 21-10 lead at the half.


But Brady wasn’t done there, tying Brees on the all-time TD list with a 4-yard strike to Chris Godwin and then passing Brees with a 1-yard pass to Tyler Johnson.

After a slow start with the Tampa offense, Brady is now firing on all cylinders — and that’s even before adding Antonio Brown into the mix. In Brady’s first two games with the Bucs, he threw three touchdowns and three interceptions — but in the last five games, the GOAT has tossed 14 touchdowns and only thrown one pick, with Tampa scoring at least 38 points in three of those games.

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Tampa Bay now leads the NFC South with a 5-2 record, and the Bucs’ +80 point differential is the best in the NFL.

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Rob Gronkowski gave himself this grade for first career left-handed TD spike

Gronkowski gave himself this grade for first career left-handed TD spike originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

Rob Gronkowski went with the rare left-handed spike after scoring his first career touchdown with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Sunday’s Week 6 win over the Green Bay Packers.

The veteran tight end usually goes with the right-handed spike after scoring touchdowns — a sight New England Patriots fans know all too well. However, a sore right shoulder forced Gronk to switch things up a bit.

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The spike didn’t draw great reviews on Twitter. It lacked the typical power we’re used to seeing from Gronkowski during these celebrations.

Gronkowski heard the feedback and he doesn’t agree. He rated his spike a perfect 10.

“That was my first left-handed spike in my career,” Gronkowski said Monday during a video press conference. “It was kind of weak, from the ratings I’ve been getting. They don’t understand – I thought it was a 10 out of 10 for my left hand.

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“It felt good to get back in the end zone. It’s been quite some time and it just feels real good to get my first with the Buccaneers. It was just cool to see my teammates excited and my coaches excited for me to get back in the end zone, which was something pretty cool.”

Sunday’s game was Gronkowski’s best of 2020 so far. He tallied five receptions for a season-high 78 yards and his first touchdown of the year.

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It’s taken Gronkowski a few games to get up to speed after spending a year away from pro football, but he’s starting to show signs of the tight end who creates mismatches and is very difficult to cover and tackle in the open field. This is a very encouraging development for a Buccaneers offense that still has plenty of room for improvement through six games.

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