July 24, 2021

With no pass rush, Raiders were pushovers for Tom Brady, Buccaneers

At 43 years old, Tom Brady certainly hasn’t gotten any faster with time.

Against the Raiders, it didn’t matter.

Brady felt almost no pressure from the Raiders’ defensive front on Sunday as he completed 33 of 45 passes for 369 yards and four touchdowns in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 45-20 win at Allegiant Stadium.

The Raiders never sacked Brady and managed just one hit on the future Hall of Fame quarterback — by Maurice Hurst, who helped up his fellow Michigan alum after the play.

“We did not get enough pass rush today, and if you let Tom Brady sit back there and survey the field, he’s proved it for 20 years, he’s proving it for 21 years, that he’s still one of the very, very best,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden said. “They have an arsenal of weapons, credit to them, but we have to generate a better rush, and until we do it’s going to continue to be
tough.”

The Raiders entered Sunday with just seven sacks in their first five games, one of the worst totals in the NFL. Still, in Week 5 against the Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs, the Raiders had three sacks and five quarterback hits.

“It’s two different styles,” Raiders linebacker Cory Littleton said. “Because we have Patrick Mahomes — mobile, extends plays. Then we have Tom Brady — stationary, sitting in the pocket. Two different type of offenses to compare and just say, we did one thing more last week than we did this week. Just a different game plan, a different team and we didn’t get it done.”

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