Sunday, October 18, 2009
Wrap-up: Patriots 59, Titans 0
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
Before everybody proclaims Tom Brady officially back to his 2007 form, let's remember the New England Patriots were playing the winless Tennessee Titans, who didn't have either of their starting cornerbacks.
With that properly stated for the record, whoa, what an afternoon Brady had in a 59-0 obliteration of the Titans in a snowglobe called Gillette Stadium.
No, Brady didn't dial back the time machine a couple years because then the Titans would have been good, but he looked substantially more like Tom Terrific than he did Average Joe, a comparison I made Friday because Brady's stats had been so pedestrian through five games. It also was a topic on ESPN's "Sunday NFL Countdown" show.
Brady doubled his season output in touchdowns. He went into Sunday with six touchdowns and will wake up Monday morning with 12.
Brady completed 29 of 34 attempts for 380 yards and six touchdowns with no interceptions against a Titans secondary that missed starting cornerbacks Cortland Finnegan and Nick Harper.
He'll have a fabulous chance of putting two great games together. The Patriots will play the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers next week in London. The Patriots then should enjoy their bye week.
As you would expect, Randy Moss and Wes Welker were the chief benefactors of Brady's big day.
After a one-catch performance in last week's overtime loss to the Denver Broncos, Moss had eight receptions for 129 yards and three touchdowns. Welker had 10 catches for 150 yards and two touchdowns.