Tom Brady helped Tampa Bay Buccaneers bounce back against the Panthers but the former Patriots QB admits the season hasn’t really started yet.
Brady had suffered his worst career loss in the 38-3 loss to the Saints though bounced back with a 46-23 victory over the Panthers.
Brady threw for 341 yards and three touchdowns as the Bucs extended their season record to 7-3.
They remain second in NFC South behind the Saints, though 43-year-old Brady believes the season is only just starting.
“I’ve learned that football season always starts after Thanksgiving and we’re not quite there yet,” he said.
“We got one more game to go and we’ll really see where we stand. This is when teams really start to rise to the occasion.
“This is where you see the commitment, the discipline, the hard work.
“This is where you really see how things pay off.”
Brady’s Bucs take on the LA Rams in Week 11 before a clash against Super Bowl champions the Kansas City Chiefs.
And six-time NFL champion Brady knows the season could hinge on that pair of fixtures with a bye week to follow.
"They are huge games,” Brady added. "Every one at this time of year is very important.
“It’s not that they’re not important early in the year, it’s just that things crystallize as you get closer to the end of the season and every game becomes more important because there are fewer of them.
“This one in particular, the Rams, this is a very difficult opponent.”
The Buccaneers were tipped by many to reach the Super Bowl with Brady involved.
As it stands they would be ranked No 5 in the NFC, but there is still a long way to go.
And don’t be surprised if those that thought Brady and the Bucs could go all the way back in the off-season still feel the same way.
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