NFL Week 2 grades: Tom Brady and Buccaneers get ‘A-‘, Cowboys get ‘B+’ for wild win, Vikings get an ‘F’

The Buccaneers‘ 2020 season could have quickly turned into a disaster with an 0-2 start, but Tom Brady made sure that didn’t happen on Sunday during Tampa Bay’s home opener. 

The Buccaneers quarterback, who has never started 0-2 in his entire 20-year career, started off hot as Tampa Bay jumped out to a quick 21-0 lead on their way to a 31-17 win. There was a report before the game that Brady was extra focused in practice this week, and that definitely seemed to translate on to the field as the 43-year-old led the Bucs on two touchdown drives before the first quarter even ended. 

The second touchdown drive was capped with a beautiful 23-yard touchdown pass from Brady to Mike Evans that gave Tampa Bay a 14-0 lead. 

Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians was probably thrilled to see some chemistry between Brady and Evans, especially after last week where Tampa Bay’s star receiver was limited to just one catch for two yards. Brady targeted Evans four times in Week 1 and one of those targets turned into an interception that led to a minor controversy in Tampa. After the loss to the Saints, Arians pinned the blame for the pick on Brady, before backtracking a day later and blaming Evans. Either way, the chemistry between Evans and Brady just wasn’t there. 

This week, it was a completely different story. Including that touchdown pass, Evans caught seven passes for 101 yards. Evans actually set up Tampa’s first touchdown of the day in the first quarter when he caught a 50-yard pass from Brady. 

Although Brady’s numbers weren’t overly impressive (23 of 35, 217 yards, one TD), Arians was probably just excited to see the chemistry grow between Brady and his receiving corps. Brady could have put up even bigger numbers if not for multiple dropped passes, including a throw that would have been an easy touchdown if it had been caught by LeSean McCoy

Arians was actually asked about McCoy’s drop after the game, and based on his answer, it seems that everyone in Tampa has put last week’s drama behind them. 

“Don’t worry, I’ll tell everybody it was Tom’s fault,” Arians joked, when asked about McCoy’s drop. 

Of course, there wasn’t much that was “Tom’s fault” this week. Besides the throws to Evans, Brady made several other big throws in the game, including a huge flea-flicker in the second quarter that went for a 36-yard gain to Justin Watson

The scary thing for the rest of the NFL is that the Buccaneers offense is probably only going to get better and better every week as Brady continues to get more comfortable. 

Alright, let’s get to the grades for every game from Week 2. If you’re looking for grades from the Browns‘ 35-30 win over the Bengals on Thursday, be sure to click here.  

Tampa Bay 31-17 over Carolina

Tennessee 33-30 over Jacksonville

Indianapolis 28-11 over Minnesota

Buffalo 31-28 over Miami

San Francisco 31-13 over N.Y. Jets

L.A. Rams 37-19 over Philadelphia

Rams-Eagles grades by Jeff Kerr (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Dallas 40-39 over Atlanta

Falcons-Cowboys grades by Patrik Walker (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Chicago 17-13 over N.Y. Giants

Giants-Bears grades by Josh Edwards (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Pittsburgh 26-21 over Denver

Broncos-Steelers grades by Bryan DeArdo (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

Green Bay 42-21 over Detroit

Lions-Packers grades by Tyler Sullivan (Love the grades? Hate the grades? Let him know on Twitter.)

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