2. Tom Brady, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Los Angeles Rams
We know that Tom Brady could easily turn the season on a dime and come up with a great performance. After all, he is averaging 242.8 passing yards per game. But as we repeatedly say each week, Brady’s offensive line is a shell of what it could be thanks to early season injuries, which also affects the run game. No run means less effective play action passing and we could list the woes, on and on. The result is a three-game skid, and they’re just a game out of the NFC South division lead.
At the start of the season this was probably a marquee matchup between two prolific offenses, but the reality is that both of these teams are very similar and share many of the same problems. It could come down to which defense makes the most plays.
Teams are throwing just an average of 214.6 yards per game against the Rams, but they have just 15 sacks on the season. Aaron Donald leads the team with just four sacks, but where the Bucs are hurting most is their interior offensive line. It could be an all-you-can-eat buffet day for Donald.