Wednesday, September 18, 2013
QB Watch: Patriots' Tom Brady
By Mike Reiss
A weekly analysis of the New England Patriots’ quarterback play.
Rewind: It isn't often Tom Brady is held below the 50 percent completion percentage mark. The team's 13-10 win over the Jets was a struggle, as Brady (19-of-39, 185 yards, 1 TD) and rookie receivers Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson couldn't get on the same page.
Fast-forward: The Buccaneers held down Saints quarterback Drew Brees this past Sunday and are a fast, aggressive defense. For a passing offense looking to build some positive momentum, it's not necessarily the defense you'd hope to see. Better play from the offensive line, both in terms of getting the running game going and protecting Brady, would go a long way toward helping a Brady-led offense that isn't performing up to its standard.
Streak on the line: Brady has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 50 straight games, which is the longest active streak in the NFL and the second longest streak behind Brees (54). If Brady keeps it going, he can tie Brees' record on Oct. 13 against ... you guessed it ... the Saints.
Revisiting scare in joint practice: When the Patriots and Buccaneers practiced together in August, Brady had a scare when end Adrian Clayborn bull-rushed left tackle Nate Solder, pushing him back into Brady as the quarterback immediately grabbed for his left knee. Brady turned out to be OK, but it's a storyline that figures to be revisited this week, and spotlights a key matchup as it relates to Brady -- Solder versus Clayborn.
Prediction: It's another struggle for Brady, who will likely be without top target Danny Amendola for the second straight week. But Brady will be over the 50 percent completion mark, as he's never had back-to-back weeks at sub-50 percent.