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QB Tom Brady - New England Patriots

6-4, 210Born: 8-3-1977College: MichiganDrafted: Round 6

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He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 17): This week it was Jonas Gray's turn, but know that Brady could have easily had a much, much bigger day if the Patriots wanted it to flow that way. Detroit presents a tougher test against the run than Indianapolis did, so Brady could be back to bigger passing numbers soon enough.

General News (Fri Nov 21): practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this week.

General News (Thu Nov 20): practiced fully on Thursday.

General News (Wed Nov 19): practiced fully on Wednesday.

Week 12: vs Detroit Lions

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Tom Brady has been leading an explosive offense over the month of November. New England has crushed high-octane Denver and Indianapolis by 22 points in each contest. Brady threw 19/30 for 257 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions at Indianapolis last week, after roasting the Broncos for 33/53 for 332 yards passing, four TDs and one interception (with one sack taken for -1 yard) two games ago against Denver. Predictably, Rob Gronkowski has led the charge as a receiver with 15 targets for 13/176/2 over the last two games, while Julian Edelman (18 for 14/139/1), Shane Vereen (14 for 9/97/1) and Brandon LaFell (17 for 9/115/1) have all gotten a share of the action. The Patriots' offense is red hot entering Week 12. The Lions' rush D shuts down opposing backs, so they tend to get attacked through the air - last week, Drew Stanton wasn't sacked at all on the way to 21/32 for 306 yards passing, two TDs and two interceptions thrown. Ryan Tannehill managed 27/38 for 178 net yards, one TD and one interception at Detroit two weeks ago, while taking three sacks for -29 yards. The Patriots' line has surrendered 16 sacks this year (tied for ninth in the NFL), so Brady isn't particularly vulnerable to pass pressure this season. To date, the Lions' secondary has held up well with 221.5 net passing yards allowed per game on average (fifth in the NFL), with 12 passing scores given out balanced by 12 interceptions (tied for sixth in the NFL) and 26 sacks (10th) generated so far. At home against the Lions' stout D, we think that Brady and company have a tougher-than-usual matchup this week. However, he is so hot right now that benching him is only a move if you are stacked at quarterback with the likes of Peyton Manning or Andrew Luck behind Brady.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs CHI 30 35 354 5 0 2 0 0 0
9 vs DEN 33 53 333 4 1 2 4 0 0
11 at IND 19 30 257 2 2 2 -2 0 0
12 vs DET PROJ-Dodds 25 37 * * * 2 * * *
12 vs DET PROJ-Tremblay 24 38 * * * 2 * * *
12 vs DET PROJ-Bloom 23 37 * * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 9 vs DEN (33 / 53 / 333 / 4 / 1 pass, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)

The turnaround continues, as the Patriots offense continues to hum on all cylinders. Gameplan dictated a pass-heavy game as the Broncos shut down the running game, and Tom Brady responded with 53 pass attempts and another great game from the passing attack as a whole. The protection was admirable given the quality of pass rush in Von Miller and company, and Brady receivers routinely won their battles, although there were at least 5 drops on the day. Brady's lone interception, his first since the brutal Chiefs game, was more on Danny Amendola and his line than him. Denver blitzed, forcing Brady to throw the ball quicker than he wanted to, resulting in a throw slightly behind Amendola. Amendola tipped the pass in the air, and the ball was picked off. Brady also narrowly overthrew Brandon Lafell on two deep balls which would have easily put him over 400 yards on the day. On the positive side, Brady had a 4 touchdown day, marking his 4th straight game with 3 or more touchdowns. In his last 5 games, Brady has a whopping 18 touchdowns combined with the 1 interception. Brady's first touchdown was thanks in part due to a short field because of a Rob Ninkovich interception. The score went to Julian Edelman, who ran an in cut and made a solid sliding catch. Brady located the ball where only Edelman could catch it. Brady's second touchdown went to Shane Vereen on a simple slip route from the backfield. Vereen faked a block, then leaked out, causing him to be uncovered for the most part for an easy 5 yard score. Brady's third score was again a short field set up by a Brandon Browner interception. On the first offensive play of the series, Brady found Brandon Lafell on a play action mini slant route. Lafell simply beat his coverage, and Brady threw a good ball. Brady's fourth touchdown of the day was a 'reward' of sorts to Rob Gronkowski on a simple 1 yard slant route with 1 on 1 coverage against a linebacker. On the prior play, Gronkowski made a ridiculous one handed grab with his left hand for 20 yards and got to the 1 yard line. Brady later called it the best catch he's ever seen. One of the other notable things on display from this game and the prior few has been Brady's mobility. Brady has never been a mobile quarterback and never will be, but he's been much more willing to roll out and scramble when the situation calls for it, and this has helped immensely on several broken plays over the last couple weeks. Credit Brady for continuing to improve despite going down arguably as the NFL's greatest quarterback.

2014 Week 11 vs IND (19 / 30 / 257 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)

For the first time in several weeks, Tom Brady didn't look like the best quarterback in the NFL. That's not to say he played badly, although his first half left a lot to be desired. Rather, this was a game completely controlled by Jonas Gray and the run blocking, so Brady didn't need to do a ton. Brady attempted 30 passes, while the Patriots dialed up 41 rushing attempts. The Colts could do nothing to stop the run game, so the Patriots kept coming back to it with major success. The Colts used stunts and disguises to disrupt the Patriots' pass protection in the first half, and the pressure was most noticeable on Tom Brady's second interception that was arguably one of the worst decisions of his last several seasons, although luckily it didn't really affect the game outcome. On a 3rd and 1 with Jonas Gray running like a train, Brady checked from a run to a pass. He was immediately pressured as the Colts had stacked the line, and threw a horrible floater off his back foot in the general area of Rob Gronkowski. The ball hung in the air forever and was underthrown, giving a Colts defender one of the easiest interceptions you'll ever see. Brady's first interception was again a result of pressure and a questionable decision. While he was about to be hit, Brady threw a deep ball in the direction of Brian Tyms who had three defenders near him. Three is generally better than one, and the ball was a bit underthrown and picked off, although it basically acted like a good punt. Brady was the victim of a couple drops from Brian Tyms and Julian Edelman, but he did have two touchdowns on the day as well. The first was a play action fake from the goal line that showed off nice timing and a nice catch from Tim Wright, as the Colts were playing the run hard because Jonas Gray had been mauling the defense. Brady's second touchdown was all Rob Gronkowski, who caught a shallow pass and Gronk'd his way to the end zone from 26 yards out. It's getting repetitive, but he sloughed off a tackler, stiff armed another, and outran a third. The first half was likely just a blip in the radar for the Patriots passing attack, and no one will be surprised if the passing game is the leader in the clubhouse against the Lions or Packers in the coming weeks.


Latest News

Patriots | Tom Brady should play (Fri Nov 21, 04:55 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 21, and is listed as probable for Week 12.

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Patriots | Tom Brady participates fully (Thu Nov 20, 04:52 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Nov. 20.

Our View: We're not worried about Brady and expect QB1 numbers from him again this week.
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Patriots | Tom Brady fully practices (Wed Nov 19, 04:31 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Nov. 19.

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Patriots | Tom Brady should play (Fri Nov 14, 05:11 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 14, and is listed as probable for Week 11.

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Patriots | Tom Brady a full participant (Thu Nov 13, 05:57 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Nov. 13.

Our View: Brady vs Luck III is set for Sunday Night Football. This is a huge contest with playoff implications in the conference. Brady is a QB1 and a must-start in a game where we're expecting a lot of points.
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