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Brady passes Brees atop career TD list in Bucs' win

/ by Dave Green
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The contrast is hard to ignore, even if most Patriots fans might not want to hear it.

Both the Patriots and Buccaneers were playing during the late Sunday afternoon window - and the last two Patriots starting quarterbacks had very different days.

Cam Newton and the New England offense was self-destructing, with the new Pats starter getting benched after a 98-yard, three-interception performance against the 49ers -- but the man he replaced kept on writing his name in the NFL record books.

Tom Brady threw four touchdowns and added another on the ground in the Buccaneers' 45-20 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders. Brady's fourth touchdown pass of the game was the 559th of his regular-season career, passing Drew Brees for the most in NFL history.

Brady started his day with something he's done many, many times before in his storied career: a 1-yard touchdown run

Speaking of things Brady has done many times in his career, what about throwing touchdowns to Rob Gronkowski?Β 

Sunday's touchdown pass to Gronk was the 92ndΒ all-time scoring strike from Brady to his long-time tight end, tying Steve Young and Jerry Rice for the second-most in NFL history.

If Brady-to-Gronk is a tried and true recipe for success, Brady's best throw of the game -- and potentially the season -- went to one of his newest targets: Scotty Miller. This perfectly thrown 33-yard touchdown pass gave Tampa a 21-10 lead at the half.

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But Brady wasn't done there, tying Brees on the all-time TD list with a 4-yard strike to Chris Godwin and then passing Brees with a 1-yard pass to Tyler Johnson.

After a slow start with the Tampa offense, Brady is now firing on all cylinders -- and that's even before adding Antonio Brown into the mix. In Brady's first two games with the Bucs, he threw three touchdowns and three interceptions -- but in the last five games, the GOAT has tossed 14 touchdowns and only thrown one pick, with Tampa scoring at least 38 points in three of those games.

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Tampa Bay now leads the NFC South with a 5-2 record, and the Bucs' +80 point differential is the best in the NFL.