Tom Brady played in Week 2 with an injury
The Green Bay Packers have a chance to make a statement win in Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The matchup will feature two of the NFL’s best quarterbacks, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. The two squads are a little beat up with injuries coming into the Week 3 contest. It appears Brady will not be 100 percent this week against the Packers.
Per Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times, Brady admitted his hand was sore this week after his Week 2 game against the New Orleans Saints.
“It’s just gonna be sore throughout the week,” Brady said
Brady acknowledges on his podcast he banged up the ring finger on his throwing hand pretty good Sunday. "It's just gonna be sore throughout the week."
— Joey Knight (@TBTimes_Bulls) September 19, 2022
Brady will still be a threat this week
Tom Brady completed the game against the Saints Sunday with the injury. He seemed more frustrated with the offense during the game than his hand. He was able to throw for 190 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers’ 20-10 win over the Saints. Brady has played with injuries plenty of times before. It’s reported that Brady played with an MCL tear in the Buccaneers’ Super Bowl win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Packers’ defense needs to prepare for Brady like they’re getting ready to play the healthy version of the future Hall of Fame quarterback in the NFC Championship game. The defense did well in the passing game against the Chicago Bears, keeping quarterback Justin Fields from throwing for 100 yards. Most NFL teams, unlike the Bears, will throw the football more than 11 times in a game. The Minnesota Vikings shredded the Packers’ secondary in Week 1 when they threw the ball to their speed threat, Justin Jefferson.
Brady will find ways for the Buccaneers to score points in this game, healthy throwing hand or not. It will be up to back-to-back MVP Rodgers to outduel Brady in Week 3. If he can get the offense rolling for two consecutive weeks, the Packers will climb up the power rankings and continue to put fear in their opposition during games.