Tom Brady, Bruce Arians get a taste of nightmare scenario

By , WEEI 93.7

In a year that has so much that is new for Tom Brady, Sunday night's introduction was undoubtedly the most unwelcome experience of them all.

With the Buccaneers' 38-3 loss to the Saints, Brady experienced the worst loss of his career, surpassing the 31-0 rout he lived through with the Patriots against Buffalo in 2003.

But it was more than just the loss. It was how Brady looked along the way.

There were three interceptions and no touchdowns. It started with four straight three-and-outs, with the subsequent Tampa Bay possessions resulting an interception, a turnover on downs and another pick.

By the time the second half rolled around the Brady and his Bucs was carrying a 31-0 deficit, the Saints could simply pin their ears back and go after an offense that set an NFL record for fewest rushes in a game (5).

Everything about the image the Bucs' second loss of the season to New Orleans offered was worst-case scenario for Brady and Bruce Arians.

Bad decisions and bad passes by the 43-year-old quarterback. An offensive line that had Brady running for his life. Play-calling that was so one-sided it did nobody wearing a Tampa Bay uniform any favors.

And re-introduction of Antonio Brown was certainly somewhat uncomfortable despite Brady's best efforts. The quarterback's housemate was targeted five times, making three catches, but badly misread a route down down the sideline -- stopping instead of going -- resulting in one of his QB's interceptions. He would participate in 39 of the Bucs' 50 snaps.

Brady would finish his night going 22-of-38 for 209 yards, suffering three sacks.

“I certainly have to play a lot better," Brady told reporters. "Turning the ball over against good teams never helps. We just didn’t play the way we were capable of playing. Everyone’s got to do a lot better, and it starts with me. Get back to work tomorrow morning and try to make it a better week.”

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