Not just talk: Seahawks, Cards limited Brady
October, 15, 2012
By Mike Sando | ESPN.com
My flight back from San Francisco to Seattle arrived a bit late Monday.
AP Photo/Elaine ThompsonRichard Sherman spoke his mind after Sunday's win over New England.
The air blasting from Richard Sherman's mouth could have strengthened the jet stream.
"Richard Sherman trashes Pats' O," the headline on ESPN.com reads.
We've gone over this ground. Sherman loves riling up opponents. He provoked Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith a week ago. He's provoking Tom Brady and the Patriots now.
Sherman is a very good player. He generally backs up his words. His latest comments will invite greater scrutiny should Sherman stumble in the future. Three weeks ago, St. Louis' Chris Givens beat him for a 52-yard reception in the Rams' 19-13 victory.
Sherman wins many more battles than he loses. It'll be fun to watch him battle the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday night.
In the meantime, I've put together a couple charts.
The first one shows Total QBR metrics for Brady by the divisions he has faced. He has played two NFC West teams, Seattle and Arizona. He has played one team from the AFC East, AFC South, AFC North and AFC West.
That is hardly a divisional cross section, but we do see how this division has fared against him so far. The 49ers visit New England later in the season. St. Louis faces the Patriots in London.
The "PAA" column shows how many points Brady has produced above what an average quarterback would produce against an average defense. Brady is in the negative against the NFC West. He is 0-2 against the division so far.
The chart below shows Brady's stats, including NFL passer rating, by the opponents he has faced to this point in the season. Again, we see Arizona and Seattle faring much better against him than other teams have fared.
Final Cleveland 26 Atlanta 24 Final Tennessee 24 Philadelphia 43 Final Detroit 9 New England 34 Final Green Bay 24 Minnesota 21 Final Jacksonville 3 Indianapolis 23 Final Cincinnati 22 Houston 13 Postponed New York Buffalo Final Tampa Bay 13 Chicago 21 Final Arizona 3 Seattle 19 Final St. Louis 24 San Diego 27 Final Miami 36 Denver 39 Final Washington 13 San Francisco 17 Final Dallas 31 New York 28
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