Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson, Frank Schwab and Eric Edholm discuss the week 4 marquee matchup between Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs and Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. Charles believes this is Brady’s final season, and this is the kind of game TB12 came back to play. So we all better enjoy this kind of game while we can. Hear the full conversation on the You Pod to Win the Game podcast. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you listen.
CHARLES ROBINSON: All right, next game. Eric, yours-- Chiefs at Buccaneers, week 4. Super Bowl rematch, obviously.
ERIC EDHOLM: Yep.
CHARLES ROBINSON: I personally-- I think, and I kind of wrote this today, I think this is it for Brady. So I think every single game for Brady-- if any fan bases that are-- if you're seeing Tom Brady, whether you're a Tampa fan and you're going and watching them in your house, whether he's getting hosted by your-- like, if you're going to see Tom Brady, I think you better do it now, because I really, truly believe this is it.
I think 45-- he's said-- you know, he's said repeatedly that he thought 45 was an age he wanted to get to. That was sort of his goal. He's there. I think the fact that-- and I wrote this-- the fact that Fox rolls this out on an earnings call, that all of a sudden, Tom Brady is in the fold, networks-- networks aren't going to do that in a situation, particularly knowing that the money's probably going to leak, and that's going to corrupt negotiations you have inside your organization with everybody.
It's a sign to me that yeah, this is-- this is Tom putting his house up for sale in New England. And also, Tom showed up for phase two of the voluntary workouts after last year, you know, sitting on an NFLPA conference call saying, don't go to voluntary workouts. Veterans boycott them. Like, don't do it. Like, he was on for like five or six minutes. He had this speech for everybody about not going to voluntary workouts. Lo and behold, the dude shows up in phase two of voluntary workouts.
ERIC EDHOLM: Do what I say, not what I do.
CHARLES ROBINSON: No, I think he's trying to squeeze every bit of football he can into this, because I think he knows in his mind this is it. Like, this is it for me, and I'm going to try and get as much into this experience as I possibly can. I think it's a great game, not just because it's a Super Bowl rematch, but I think every Brady game from here on out-- if there's any chance you're going to miss the guy, you better be tuning in.
FRANK SCHWAB: And that's the kind of game Brady came back for. Like, it's not to play the Falcons in week 8 at 1 o'clock on a Sunday. It's under the lights, Patrick Mahomes. This is-- yeah, this is it. This is a great, great-- and you know, and it's also one of those games where it's a standalone game. So if Brady struggles at all, we're going to be like, ooh, is he hitting the wall? Has he got anything left? Is this 2015 Peyton Manning? So a lot of subplots here. Great game.
ERIC EDHOLM: Well, the Bucs' schedule is ridiculous. I mean, like-- you know, I think-- like obviously, knowing who the opponents are going to be probably had some influence-- I mean, not some influence, but Tom probably had that in the back of the mind. And they start out with, what, Dallas? Then week 2, they've got New-- at New Orleans. Big game-- those teams have played some tough games. Green Bay at home. And then week 4 with Kansas City. I mean, that's-- yeah, it's just, it adds up for so many reasons.
I mean, you know, I don't know. Like, are the Bucs just going to pick up where they left off? And you know, obviously, they could have won that playoff game, the way they played in the second half. And you know, are the Chiefs going to just-- going to be back to that Super Bowl form? There's a chance that both could be less than what we think they are by-- I mean, that's fascinating, too. I think they're both really good on paper. But as you said earlier, Charles, you never know. But you're right. It's hard to just-- even if they're not amazing teams, right, there's still going to be that build up of, one of his last primetime games, at least prior to the postseason or whatnot.