Tom Brady will face the Patriots for the first time and the revenge game is being hyped as the most anticipated in NFL history

Tom Brady will face the Patriots for the first time and the revenge game is being hyped as the most anticipated in NFL history
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  • Tom Brady and the Buccaneers will play the New England Patriots in Week 4 of the 2021 NFL season.

  • Some are calling it the most anticipated game in NFL history.

  • While great QBs have played their former teams before, few games can rival this one in storylines.

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Tom Brady's chance for revenge against the New England Patriots will be the most anticipated game of the 2021 NFL season.

Might it be the most anticipated game of all time?

Some in the NFL world believe so. Danny Kanell of CBS posited the idea on Wednesday when it was reported that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would play the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Massachusetts, in Week 4.

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When CBS's Pete Prisco argued otherwise, Kelly said there would never be a game with better storylines.

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Indeed, Brady playing his former team, which let him go in free agency without much of an effort to re-sign him, on the heels of an unprecedented Super Bowl win, is a pretty irresistible storyline.

Nobody knows Brady better than Bill Belichick, who will surely look to throw everything at Brady to make him uncomfortable, and nobody knows a Belichick defensive scheme (and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniel's play-calls) better than Brady.

It will also be Rob Gronkowski's first game against the Patriots since retiring, then returning to request a trade to play with Brady in Tampa Bay.

Even Brady hyped up the game on Twitter.

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The matchup is so exciting that Brady's father, Tom Brady Sr., called into the Boston-area radio show "Zolak and Bertrand" to say he "started salivating" when he heard of the Week 4 matchup. He proclaimed that the Buccaneers will enter the matchup 3-0.

"We expect to beat the Patriots rather handily," Brady Sr. said.

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Others are similarly excited for the matchup.

Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio wrote it will be "one of the biggest regular-season games in league history."

"The whole league is waiting for that game," said CBS analyst Charles Davis (via Karen Guregian of The Boston Herald). "The whole country is watching this thing."

There have been anticipated reunion games before: Peyton Manning vs. the Indianapolis Colts, Brett Favre vs. the Green Bay Packers.

None have ever pitted the league's greatest quarterback on the reigning champions vs. the league's greatest coach, so soon after an ugly divorce.

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