Tom Brady heads home on historic pace

September, 27, 2011
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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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