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Week 1 vs. BUF
Passing: 39 - 53, 378 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 1 / 9 / 0
Brady's night got off to a rough start. The Bills brought good pressure early, and Brady was uncharacteristically off on some of his first half passes. He tried to lob a ball over Aaron Schobel on a screen deep in Pats territory in the second quarter, and Schobel deflected it to himself and returned it for a TD. Brady settled down in the second half, and got in a great rhythm with Wes Welker and Randy Moss, basically moving the offense at will. Brady didn't really air it out all night, but he had that same look of perfect harmony with his receivers and the offensive scheme that he had in 2007. He will live up to his ADP as long as he stays healthy.
Week 2 vs. NYJ
Passing: 23 - 47, 216 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 1 / 2 / 0
Rex Ryan brought relentless pressure on Brady, especially early and late in the game, and that plus Wes Welker being inactive kept the Pats passing offense from really getting on track all day. Brady's knee looked ok as he evaded pressure a few times, but he also too a lot of hits, often just to throw the ball away to avoid a sack. When he wasn't throwing the ball away, he was often rushing into throwing inaccurately, and he even had a few unforced errors, putting too much mustard on some throws, including one at the goal line to a wide open Julian Edelman. It was one of Brady's worst performances in a long time, but it seems like Rex Ryan and the Jets had his number during the record-breaking season of 2007, too. He only took one deep shot to Randy Moss, and it was intercepted by Darrelle Revis, who blanketed Moss all day. On the few plays that Brady did have time to survey the field, he found nothing open downfield and had to settle for shorter throws. He even had a few uncharacteristic delay of game penalties. With the exception of the very end of the week 1 game vs. Buffalo, we still haven't seen Brady dissect opposing defense like he with ease in 2007.
Week 3 vs. ATL
Passing: 25 - 42, 277 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 3 / 0 / 0
It's clear that in some aspects of his game, Brady isn't himself. He surveyed the field, moved in the pocket, and made good decisions all day, but he overthrew deep balls for most of the game. He didn't seem to be affected too much by the absence of Wes Welker, using Randy Moss to move the chains. Brady could have easily had 350 and two touchdowns in this one, even though the Pats decided to run more in the second half. Brady's ball-handling and execution of the offense were both precise and confident, and his numbers should only improve going forward.
Week 4 vs. BAL
Passing: 21 - 32, 258 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 5 / 11 / 1
Brady did the best he could against a very tough Ravens D. He faced pressure a lot of the time, and when he didn't he couldn't find anything open downfield. He was very calm in the pocket and moved around very well when he needed to. The TD he surrendered on a fumble came on a play action pass. Brady didn't feel Terrell Suggs coming on his blind side after Suggs owned Matt Light. Most of his throws were perfectly on target, and he improvised on a floater to Randy Moss, letting Moss adjust to the ball and creating an easy TD. Brady almost ran a scramble into the end zone in the first half, and called his own number to get the score on the same drive. His one bad miss on the day was a high throw to Wes Welker on a play that would have allowed the Patriots to milk more time and possibly get a game-clinching field goal in the fourth quarter.
Week 5 vs. DEN
Passing: 19 - 33, 215 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 1 / -1 / 0
Brady was only sacked one time, but the Broncos defense did a good job of getting to the quarterback. Even after he delivered the ball, the defense would get a hand on him, just to let Brady know that they were there. Brady was looking underneath on most of his throws, but did take a few shots downfield. Again, the Broncos blitz got to him as he overthrew Moss wide open in the end zone as cornerback Jack Williams came in and made Brady change his throwing motion at just the last second. The Patriots picked up most of their passing yardage in the first half, as Brady only threw for 63 yards in the second half. When left tackle Matt Light left the game with a knee injury in the fourth quarter it forced the Patriots to leave one more man into block, thus taking one receiving option away. The Broncos were regularly lining up 7 and 8 men in the box, and knowing Brady's tendencies based on the pre-snap coverage shown really helped Denver know where the ball would likely go.
Week 6 vs. TEN
Passing: 29 - 34, 380 yards, 6 TD, 0 INT
Tom Brady finally returned to 2007 form against the Titans, torching the defense for 380 yards in 35 minutes of work. Included in the torrid outing were 5 --- FIVE --- touchdowns in the 2nd quarter, an NFL record. The two most impressive things about Brady were his accuracy in snowy Foxboro weather (he completed 19 of his first 20 passes) and his ability to get both Randy Moss and Wes Welker involved. Brady's two favorite receivers combined for 5 touchdowns and each had well over 100 yards receiving. Brady took advantage of a bad Titans defense that was moving tentatively through the snow. Brady was accurate on throws all over the field and was particularly impressive throwing outside the hashmarks. Just as impressive, Brady seemed to find the most wide open receiver every time he dropped back to pass. The Titans' pass-rush was non-existent so he had plenty of time to scan the field, make the right decision, and follow it with a great pass. The rest of the AFC is in for a long season if conditions continue to develop that allow Brady time to find his favorite targets, regardless of down and distance.
Week 7 vs. TB
Passing: 23 - 32, 308 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: 1 / 5 / 0
For a while, Tom Brady was nearly perfect. He Relied on Randy Moss and Wes Welker early on for big gains, but also spread the ball around to keep the defense off balance. Once the Patriots were ahead, he got a little too confident and the Bucs proved that he is human after all. A poor decision to throw into double coverage in the end zone, when he could have easily run it in, resulted in an interception. His second pick was the result of an underthrown deep ball to Brandon Tate. Both interceptions were athletic defensive plays, but it was a reality check of sorts for Brady. In the second half, he seemed to take the lesson to heart, and didn't try so hard for the big play. The Patriots moved the ball efficiently, and put the game away on a 10-play drive in which Brady picked apart the defense with short passes.
Week 9 vs. MIA
Passing: 25 - 37, 332 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 1 / 5 / 0
Tom Brady looked right at home in the pocket in Week 9, throwing deep often to Randy Moss and underneath to Wes Welker and TE Ben Watson. Brady could have had more than just one touchdown on the afternoon, but Randy Moss was forced out at the 1-yard line. Moss was also open deep a few times but Brady was just off on those targets, resulting in his first quarter interception. His accuracy is not what it was before the knee injury, but he continues to get more comfortable and is starting to ratchet up the production and the fantasy numbers.
Week 10 vs. IND
Passing: 29 - 42, 375 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 3 / 3 / 0
Tom Brady got off to a fast start in Week 10, connecting with Randy Moss deep for a big play to set up Laurence Maroney's first touchdown and then coming back to Moss for a 63-yard bomb in the second quarter. Brady continued to carve up the Colts defense as Indianapolis lacked any good coverage for most of the night. Brady spread the ball around some later on, connecting with third WR Julian Edelman from close range before his second TD pass to Moss. Brady nearly saved the game by converting on 4th-and-2 with just over two minutes left in the contest, but Kevin Faulk's bobble cost the Patriots the first down. Brady and the Patriots host the Jets in Week 11.
Week 11 vs. NYJ
Passing: 28 - 41, 310 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 4 / 9 / 0
Brady led another balanced offensive attack as the Patriots ran the ball 35 times against the Jets. His only touchdown of the game came on a four yard quick out to Randy Moss. Brady nearly got his 2nd TD of the first half hitting Wes Welker who was tackled at the five yard line, (who had a monster game as Brady's outlet receiver all afternoon). The Jets defense brought good pressure on Brady in the 2nd half and he took some bruising hits that appeared to make him uncomfortable with his protectios. He did have his number called twice at the goal line on back-to-back QB sneaks, but failed on both attempts. Brady didn't have to do too much in this game offensively as the Patriots defense collected five Sanchez turnovers, setting the Patriots up with excellent field position to go long with a defensive score.
Week 12 vs. NO
Passing: 21 - 36, 237 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: 1 / 2 / 0
Brady was frustrated all night, even though he had time to throw on most plays. During the first half, he was relegated to nickel and diming the Saints defense, and he missed Randy Moss open deep on an early play-action pass, choosing instead to go to his outlet. Brady had two uncharacteristic interceptions based on nothing more than very poor decisions. In the first half he threw to a well-covered Randy Moss and was picked by Mike McKenzie, and in the second he threw to no one in particular even though he had enough time to make a sandwich and eat it on the play. The Saints were dropping seven and eight into coverage, and Brady could find nothing open downfield. Brady also overthrew Sam Aiken when he got free down the sideline on a play that could have tightened the contest to a seven-point game in the second half. Brady just looked off his game mentally, but credit has to be given to Gregg Williams and the Saints secondary - who covered the Pats receivers well all night despite missing three of their top four corners and playing two street free agents.
Week 13 vs. MIA
Passing: 19 - 29, 352 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
There were some real concerns about Tom Brady's injured finger late in the week, but Tom "Terrific" came out of the tunnel still steaming after last weeks demoralizing loss. On the very first drive, he went to the play action pass and threw a perfect rainbow that found Randy Moss on a 58 yard TD strike. After the throw, fantasy owners panicked as they watched Brady jog into the locker room after a body blow on the play by Miami defender, Randy Starks. A sigh of relief was heard all across New England as he ran back out on the field shortly there after. On the Patriots next possession, Brady elected to play under center and seemed to abandon the shotgun formation to some extent. They appeared to get up to the line quicker and executed the drive with flow and fortitude, moving the offense down the field for another score that was capped off by a 6 yard dash by Kevin Faulk. The offense had a 3rd opportunity late in the half but failed to convert on 4th down at the Dolphins 10 yard line, which would prove costly. Brady's 2nd TD pass of the day came on an arcing toss up to Sam Aiken on the sideline where his receiver made a Randy Moss like grab over the defenders head for the longest TD play for New England this season (81 yards). Both of Brady's interceptions came in the 4th quarter when the Patriots looked like they were pressing a bit. His first pick came on a 4 yard toss in the end zone intended for Randy Moss and stolen by Vontae Davis. Brady's 2nd INT came after being hit on the throw with 42 seconds remaining, allowing the Dolphins to preserve a 1 point victory. The Patriots clearly have no margin for error the rest of the year.
Week 14 vs. CAR
Passing: 19 - 32, 192 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 2 / -2 / 0
The Patriots sent out a banged up and beleaguered Tom Brady and watched the offense shoot themselves in the foot with costly turnovers. The game started with NE failing to convert yet another 4th and 1 play on their first drive, turning the ball over on downs near midfield. Brady couldn't get anything going early on and tossed an interception intended for Moss, who appeared to come out of his break a little slow, allowing CB Chris Gamble to pick off the pass. The second half saw the Patriots offense return to form as they eluded the rather flat play of the first half and gained control of the tempo and the game.
Week 15 vs. BUF
Passing: 11 - 23, 115 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 4 / -3 / 0
In what was probably one of the worst performances of the season, Bardy led the offense to two TD's, which was just enough to overcome the penalty-plagued Bills. Buffalo was flagged for 11 penalties, including two pass interference calls in the end zone, which set up both Patriot scores. Brady didn't even complete a pass until two minutes into the 2nd quarter when he hit Randy Moss for a 13 yard TD. He ended the first half with only 5 completions, his fewest in an opening half since September 10th, 2006 against, you guessed it, Buffalo. He finished the game with just 11 completions. And without the 124 yards in penalties, that the Bills so graciously gift-wrapped, New England didn't move the ball that well. Brady's lone interception came in the 1st quarter when he was pressured, looking for Wes Welker, but threw it behind him. It was an ugly game for the New England offense and those fantasy owners that were hoping for big plays saw nothing of the sort. Brady did get Randy Moss involved early and was looking to test the defense deep, going to him on several occasions. But his favorite target, Wes Welker, was held to a meager 4 receptions for 40 yards causing the offense to sputter. Brady did attempt a QB sneak at the goal line, trying to catch the Buffalo defense off guard, but failed to even get back to the line of scrimmage in a busted play.
Week 16 vs. JAX
Passing: 23 - 26, 267 yards, 4 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 2 / 4 / 0
Brady and company were unquestionably in rhythm against Jacksonville in the all important fantasy league championship week. The Pats offense rolled up 464 yards and scored 35 points before lifting the foot off the gas in the 4th quarter. Brady had all sorts of time in the pocket, and his Offensive line gave him perfect protection as he took command of a play-off ready unit. Three of his 4 TD's went to Randy Moss, and the other to TE Chris Baker. Brady had his way, finding Welker and Moss 17 times with a sprinkling of grabs from his other receivers in what he claimed was their best 60 minutes of football this season. He really had but one bad throw the entire afternoon and was clicking on all cylinders. This offense looks primed and ready for January and will be a force to be reckoned with in the playoffs.
Week 17 vs. HOU
Passing: 17 - 26, 186 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
Brady had a strange day against Houston, starting the game then coming out then being reinserted as the Patriots tried to rally for a win. He finished the game watching backup Brian Hoyer from the sidelines as the Patriots' final drive resulted in a turnover. Brady's best throws Sunday were on short routes in the middle of the field. He keyed in on Julian Edelman once Wes Welker went down to injury and seemed satisfied taking the safe, short yardage option over the deep pass (outside of one long throw to Randy Moss). Brady finished the season with 4398 passing yards and 28 touchdowns against only 13 interceptions. His 65.7% completion percentage was the second best of his career, as was his passing yardage total.
Week 18 vs. BAL
Passing: 23 - 42, 154 yards, 2 TD, 3 INT
Brady had a nightmare performance, starting with a Terrell Suggs sack/strip/fumble, and going further downhill with a bad pass under pressure that was picked. Brady threw a second interception when he tried to hit Sam Aiken in double coverage and the ball was tipped and picked by Ed Reed. His third interception came off a big hit and deflected ball. In general, the Ravens brought the heat all day and Brady never looked comfortable. Even when he had time to throw, he was rarely finding any open receivers and was forced to settle for short, quick passes to get any kind of gains in the passing game. Obviously, Brady missed Welker, but even Welker wouldn't have been able to stem the tide of this overwhelming defensive performance by the Ravens.