2. Tom Brady, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Brady has been in a brutal stretch, if we’re being honest, all season long. Going back through his season, Brady has just one 20-plus point game this season and that was back in Week 4 against the Chiefs. That’s not to say that the GOAT still can’t win, it’s just that he can’t put up the numbers, and that’s with his receivers and his backfield healthy. The offensive line just isn’t good enough to keep that pocket up, nor has the offense been in sync all year.
Consider the numbers that Brady is putting up lately. Since Week 12, he’s averaging just under 51.0 pass attempts per game, and completing just 65 percent of his passes. He’s also averaging 260.0 yards and 1.7 touchdowns in this brief stretch. As for the Bengals, they still haven’t given up a 300-yard passer all season and three quarterbacks have managed to score more than two times against them. Two of the three got their second touchdown rushing. Unless Brady is diving at the goal line, we just don’t see that happening. By the way, the Bucs are 0-3 against the AFC North this season if that matters.