For a hot minute, sorry a scorching minute, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looked like the best team in the National Football League. That was until they stumbled out of the gate against the then 1-6 New York Giants last Monday Night Football. They were trailing almost the entire way. The Giants only lost because they couldn't convert a game-tying two point conversion.
It was far cry from their resounding victory over the Green Bay Packers and the team looked more like the discombobulated team that lost to the Bears because Tom Brady forgot it was fourth down and ended their comeback chances at the end of the game. The one thing that has held steady for the Bucs is their defense. Along with Pittsburgh Steelers, they have one of the top defenses in the league. Of course this offense is still great but it is obvious that they are still in the process of building chemistry.
That task will continue as they add embattled but undeniably elite wide receiver Antonio Brown to the team. Brown served his eight-game suspension for off the field legal cases and now is eligible to play in the Sunday Night matchup against the New Orleans Saints. It's the second time Brady has advocated for Brown to join his team.
Last year, Brown played for the Patriots for one game against the Miami Dolphins. He played well with four receptions 54 yards including a touchdown. He then was immediately suspended from the league for sexual assault allegations. He faces legal proceedings after the season.
Coach Bruce Arians has stated that if he is found guilty in any of these cases, that Brown will no longer be on the team. He has a short window to prove himself on the field to get his hall-of-fame career back on track. While it'd be a stretch to think that Brown and the Bucs can gel immediately, it's not a stretch to think that they will soon mesh and the addition easily puts Tampa Bay as the favorites in the NFC.
What TV Channel is Saints-Buccaneers on?
Saints-Buccaneers will be shown on NBC at 8:20 p.m. ET. You can live stream NFL Games on fuboTV.