What a serious crisis for the iconic quarterback and his Tampa Bay Buccaneers pounded 27-22 by the Baltimore Ravnes on Thursday night in a contest that wasn’t as close as the final score indicated. And it came with a special distinction: Brady has lost three consecutive games for the first time in two decades, looking like a shell of himself in a matchup featuring two former NFL MVP quarterbacks. The Ravens (5-3) wore down a depleted Bucs defense by rushing for a whopping 231 yards, but also capped two drives with crisp TD passes from Lamar Jackson, who threw for 238 yards with no picks.
It continued an unfortunate pattern for Brady’s unit, which converted just 4 of 13 third downs and managed to rush for only 44 yards (2.9 yards per carry). And on three occasions when the Bucs drove into striking range inside the 15-yard line, they settled for Ryan Succop field goals. “Pretty much everything,” Brady said, assessing the litany of offensive woes. “Red area. Third downs. The running game. Short-yardage. Backed up (with field position). Start of the fourth quarter. Start of the third quarter.”