An analyst declared that veteran quarterback Tom Brady made the right decision when he chose to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the offseason. “Tom Brady got to choose the team he went to and he chose wisely,” said Colin Cowherd, host of The Herd on Fox Sports Radio, during his program. “This is a Super Bowl team,” added Cowherd, saying the Buccaneers have provided the 43-year-old Brady with a wealth of talent, especially on offense with targets like Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, and an outstanding defense. “This is really, really a loaded football team,” said Cowherd, adding Brady chose the right roster.

Cowherd said Brady could have picked the Indianapolis Colts or the San Francisco 49ers, but he made the right move in signing with the Buccaneers. “This Tampa Bay team can throw it deep, they can throw it in the seam, they can hand it off, they can throw it in the backfield,” said Cowherd. The analyst admitted that the Buccaneers struggled mightily in their loss to the New Orleans Saints, but they were deprived of preseason or OTAs and were playing with a lot of key pieces. But after two straight wins, Cowherd said the Buccaneers are “no longer out of sync.” Against the Broncos, Brady completed 25 of 38 passes to eight different targets for 297 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions.

Cowherd praises Buccaneers’ defense

Unlike Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks, Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers, and Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs, Cowherd said Brady has a Super Bowl-caliber defense with the Buccaneers. Cowherd praised Buccaneers' defensive coordinator Todd Bowles for his outstanding job in fortifying the team’s defense, led by last season’s sacks leader Shaquil Barrett, who had two sacks against the Broncos.

“Tampa’s defense is filthy – excellent pass rush, and maybe the best linebacking corps in the NFL,” said Cowherd. “Todd Bowles is coaching his butt off, and I like it,” he added. Against the Broncos, the Buccaneers defense tallied six sacks, eight tackles for loss, and 10 quarterback hits.

Bucs favored over Chargers

Brady and the Buccaneers are currently leading the NFC South with a 2-1 record following back-to-back wins over the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos.

Riding the momentum of their winning streak, the Buccaneers hope to make it three straight wins when they take on the Los Angeles Chargers at home where around 25 percent of fans will be allowed inside Raymond James Stadium to see Brady in action. Based on early betting odds at BetMGM Sportsbook, the Buccaneers are the early 7.5-point favorites against the spread. On FanDuel Sportsbook, the Buccaneers are early 5-point favorites over the Chargers, who are 1-2 after two straight losses with rookie Justin Herbert at quarterback.