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Bucs' Chris Conte has seen Tom Brady at his best

Bucs safety Chris Conte, shown breaking up a pass Sunday against the Giants, says you must go into a game against Tom Brady accepting that you're facing one of the best quarterbacks ever.

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Bucs safety Chris Conte, shown breaking up a pass Sunday against the Giants, says you must go into a game against Tom Brady accepting that you're facing one of the best quarterbacks ever.

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Bucs players go into Thursday's game against the Patriots with varying degrees of personal experience playing against Tom Brady. Safety Chris Conte caught the brunt of one of Brady's best days in the NFL.

"Expect to see just about everything, and know that you're going against probably one of the best quarterbacks ever," Conte said. "He's going to put the ball where it's supposed to go, on the money every time. It's going to be a tough game and you're going to be challenged for 60-70 plays. You have to be prepared to bring your best each play because you never know which play is going to be the difference in the game."

As part of a struggling 5-11 Bears secondary in 2014, Conte saw Brady go 30-for-35 for 354 yards and five touchdowns, with no interceptions in a 51-23 Patriots win. The QB rating of 148.4 is somehow only the eighth-best game of Brady's career, and one of six in which he's thrown at least five touuchdowns without a pick; the completion percentage is his second-best out of 241 career games.

"Our team was awful. That defense, we had guys off the street playing," Conte said. "I don't know if you can compare that to anything. It's like walking your high school team out there and trying to play Tom Brady. If youu show up like that, you're going to get killed. I think we're a little better than that."

 

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 5:35pm]

    

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