Lost in America: the NFL's pass defense

Sadly, all those stratospheric Week 1 passing stats are the way of the world now

Originally Published: September 16, 2011
By Michael Wilbon | ESPN.com

Just suppose for a second that one week after throwing for 517 yards -- the fifth-highest amount in NFL history -- Tom Brady does it again this Sunday.

He couldn't, you say?

Of course he could.

In the wake of the Week 1 passing assault, it should be increasingly obvious that a perfect storm of offensive innovation, Brady's own wizardry and what amounts to the NFL's ban on defense as we once knew it -- particularly when it comes to hitting the quarterback ...

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