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Tom Brady explains why there's no such thing as an 'upset' in the NFL

Tom Brady looks on during warm-ups ahead of a game against the Washington Football Team.
Tom Brady.
  • Tom Brady and the Buccaneers lost to the Washington Football Team on Sunday.
  • While the Buccaneers were heavily favored in the game, Brady doesn't believe in "upsets" in the NFL.
  • According to Brady, in a league as competitive as the NFL, any team can win on any given Sunday.

The NFL has seen a slew of surprising results over the past two weeks, with some of the league's top teams losing inexplicable games against bottom-dwellers.

On Sunday, Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers entered their game against the Washington Football Team as 10-point favorites, only to quickly go down 13-0 in the first half before losing 29-19.

While the outcome was an upset on paper, Brady explained on his podcast "Let's Go" that the term "upset" isn't one that he believes in after two decades in the NFL.

"There were a lot of quote-unquote 'upsets' last week," Brady said, addressing not only the Buccaneers' loss but those of several other top teams.

"Yeah, you could consider some upsets because there's some teams that have consistently proven that they can play better over a period of time. But on any given week, if you play less than what you're capable, and another team plays more consistently than what they've shown, there's always an opportunity to lose.

"It's just the way it is. Every time you take the field, there's a chance to lose. It's not like a lot of other sports. Let's say the 100-meter dash, where you're clearly faster than the whole field. I don't know how often you get upset when you're clearly faster than everyone else.

"You may have consistently played better through the course of the season, but if you throw the ball and throw interceptions, if you commit penalties, if you get behind by 10 points in the first quarter, it's going to be a hard day — I don't care who you play. You could play Tampa Bay High School, and we're going to have a hard time beating those guys."

The Buccaneers have lost their past two games as heavy favorites, but they are far from alone.

Two weeks ago, the Bills were looking like the top team in the AFC until they got beat by a Jaguars team that had been entirely uncompetitive for most of the season. The Cardinals, Rams, and Cowboys have also all had perplexing losses over the past two weeks.

Despite their loss to Washington, the Buccaneers still stand atop the NFC South and are heavily favored to win against the New York Giants next week.

But should Tampa Bay lose their third straight, don't tell Brady it was an upset. 

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Tom Brady explains why there's no such thing as an 'upset' in the NFL
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