Tom Brady heads home on historic pace

September, 27, 2011
Now, that the Oakland Raiders just registered their biggest win in years by knocking off the New York Jets, they have a real sturdy test.

They need to stop Tom Brady.

The Bay Area native (who grew up a short ride over a bridge from Oakland) will visit the Raiders in Week 4 as prolific as any quarterback in NFL history during a short stretch. Brady has thrown for 1,327 yards in three games. According to ESPN Stats and Information, it is the most yards passing in any three-game stretch in league history.

Here’s the problem for the Raiders: Teams are tossing the ball around on them pretty easily. Oakland has the No. 28th ranked pass defense this season and are allowing an average of 289.7 yards a game in the air.

Oakland’s secondary has been a work in progress as it has dealt with several injuries. It has a chance to settle down and be pretty good at some point.

But will it be ready to face Brady on Sunday? Sure, Brady threw four interceptions Sunday in a last-second loss at Buffalo, but I wouldn’t count on Brady being in a giving mood again. He hasn’t lost back-to-back games since the first week of December 2009.

If the Raiders are going to serve Brady his second-straight loss, they must find a way to slow the yardage attack.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter



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