Here’s something that doesn’t happen often: Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady had to eat some of his own words on Sunday.

And the Cincinnati Bengals had no problem serving said words up on a silver platter.

Brady described the Bengals defense as “fairly tough” on the latest episode of his Let’s Go! podcast and it sure sounded like he was taking a subtle shot at the unit; especially when considering how much he complimented everything else.

“We’re onto Cincinnati,” said Brady “[They have a] great team. Great, young quarterback. Fairly tough defense. Good skill players. They do a lot of things well. We’re going to have to put everything we’ve got into it.”

Regardless of intent, it’s clear the Bengals defense took note of Brady’s words.

The Bengals defense forced five turnovers -four of them at Brady’s hand- on the night, which was the main catalyst behind their win and the Buccaneers’ loss. The unit also sacked Brady once and hit him seven times. And all of this came in the second half after the Buccaneers offense put up 17 points in the first half.

In other words: The Bengals defense had a major hand in the team’s sixth-straight win. They weren’t “fairly tough” as Brady stated on Monday.

Afterward, Bengals defensive lineman B.J. Hill had a message for Brady and co. as he went into the locker room.

Next up was Bengals cornerback Eli Apple, who was asked why Brady was so good in the first half.

“He [Brady] was fairly okay, but not good enough to win,” quipped Apple.

D.J. Reader also joined in on the postgame fun.

“We just had to play our type of football,” Reader said before taking his shot. “A fairly, you know, tough defense just played our butts off in the second half and gave the ball to the offense, but with good field position.”

What stings most, however, is the fact the Buccaneers are now 6-8 on the season. Fortunately for them, the rest of the NFC South is tied at 5-9. At the same time, however, things don’t look like they’re changing when it comes to the operation of this team, so it’s more than fair to worry about not just a first round exit in the playoffs, but an embarrassing, blowout loss.

The Buccaneers are void of answers when it comes to both consistently winning games and beating good opponents in 2022. Well, their answers are the same ones we’ve heard for the last 15 weeks, at least.

And the results -outside of the Seattle win- have stayed the same.

Plenty more players are going to have plenty more opportunity to take their own shot at Brady and the Buccaneers over the next three weeks. We’ll see if they are able to make their opponents eat their own words, next time around.

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