QB Tom Brady - New England Patriots
|6-4, 210||Born: 8-3-1977||College: Michigan||Drafted: Round 6|
He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 27): Only on a day with a 522 yard and six touchdown performance from Ben Roethlisberger would one of Tom Brady's best days of his career get overshadowed. He was hyperefficient with as many scores as incompletions (5) and re-kindled the beautiful connection between him and Rob Gronkowski. He doesn't go back to our benches again until he lets us down. Look for a ton of points to be scored in the matchup with Peyton Manning this week.
General News (Fri Oct 31): practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.
General News (Thu Oct 30): practiced fully on Thursday.
General News (Wed Oct 29): practiced fully on Wednesday.
Week 9: vs Denver Broncos
Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning - a renewal of a fiercely competitive NFL rivalry. EXCITING! The Patriots look rejuvenated along with Rob Gronkowski (nine targets for 9/149/3 receiving vs. Chicago last week). Unlikely lead wide receiver Brandon LaFell has learned the joys of playing with Brady (11 targets for 11/124/1), and Tim Wright is becoming the #2 tight end that makes Brady happy (seven targets for 7/61/1 receiving last week). Brady missed out on just five completions out of 35 passes last week (30/35 for 354 yards passing, five TDs and zero interceptions) as he and his compatriots tuned up for this showdown with Manning and the Broncos. Brady has thrown for more than 350 yards in two of his last three games, and has 12 TD throws during that time span. The Patriots' passing attack is as hot as the Broncos' coming into this epic duel. The Broncos' pass D ranks 17th in the NFL averaging 242.9 net passing yards allowed per game, with 12 passing scores given out balanced by seven interceptions (tied for 13th in the NFL) and 23 sacks (tied for sixth) generated to date. The Patriots have allowed 15 sacks this season (tied-11th in the NFL) so far. Last week, Denver sacked Philip Rivers twice (for -7 yards) and intercepted him twice while allowing 30/41 for 245 net yards passing and three TDs; two weeks ago Colin Kaepernick was sacked six times for -53 yards on the way to 27/46 for 248 net yards, two TDs and one interception thrown by 49er quarterbacks (Blaine Gabbert played late in that 17-42 blowout win for Denver). Brady is hot while the Broncos' pass D is merely mediocre - advantage, New England. Also, the Patriots' backs have a tough matchup against the top-ranked Denver defensive front, so look for Brady to throw early and often in this one.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 6 vs BUF (27 / 37 / 361 / 4 / 0 pass, 4 / 3 / 0 rush)
For the second week in a row, the Patriots offense was extremely solid as far as the passing game was concerned, with decent protection, good receiver separation and Tom Brady stepping into throws with accuracy, highlighted by his 15 for 17 second half. Promisingly, Brady also hit several deep balls, something that hadn't happened going back to 2013. Game flow dictated a more pass heavy attack as the Bills run defense was completely stuffing the Pats running backs, and the Patriots and Brady responded, completing passes to a whopping 10 different receivers. As expected, Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski were Brady's top two targets, with 21 of his 37 attempts going their way. Brady's first touchdown of the day was a simple one yard play action fake to Tim Wright, who was as wide open as any receiver you'll find in the end zone. A simple pitch and catch if there ever was one. Brady's second touchdown was one of the best deep balls he's thrown in possibly years, and that's not an exaggeration. Brian Tyms streaked down the field being blanketed by three Bills defenders. Brady still tossed the ball his way about 40-45 yards in the air, and it landed right in Tyms's lap, who managed to secure the catch even with a defender swatting at the ball. Beautiful play by both quarterback and receiver, and a welcome sight for the Patriots who desperately need a lid-lifting deep threat at receiver. Brady's third touchdown toss was an 18 yarder to Brandon LaFell on 3rd and 12. LaFell was open against a zone defense in the middle of the field, and waltzed in the end zone nearly untouched despite the down and yardage. This was more of a defensive coverage lapse than anything, but credit LaFell for finding a spot where he would be uncovered. Brady's last touchdown, the dagger of the game, was a 56 yard pass to LaFell, who dodged a tackler and ran down the sideline about 30 additional yards before somersaulting into the end zone. Again, a solid deeper ball by Brady, who's had his issues in that area. Brady also had a touchdown to Rob Gronkowski called back by an offensive holding. All in all, besides a few pressure plays and offensive penalties, a very solid night for Brady and the Patriots passing game.
2014 Week 7 vs NYJ (20 / 37 / 261 / 3 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
It may not have been as pretty as the Bengals game, but Tom Brady was still effective against the Jets. There was plenty of pressure from a very solid Jets front seven, but given how solid the Jets are up front, there were certainly plays where the offensive line for the Patriots dominated the defensive line for the Jets. One such play was Brady's first touchdown to Shane Vereen, a 49 yard deep throw that was almost overthrown if Vereen hadn't made a great leaping grab. Pass protection on the play was stellar, allowing Brady time to roll to the right and find Vereen. It did help that the Jets only rushed 3 defenders and there was a busted coverage by the safety. Brady's second touchdown was a fairly easy toss to Vereen from 3 yards out. Vereen cut left on a route and found space at the front of the end zone, Brady found him, touchdown. Nothing complex. Brady's third touchdown was to Danny Amendola, and it was perhaps the highlight play of the night. Brady was forced out of the pocket, rolled to his left, and saw Amendola improvising on his route. Brady fired the ball on the run, and Amendola made an amazing leaping catch, snagging the ball behind his body as he twisted in mid-air. Great job by both quarterback and receiver on the play, especially considering it was 3rd and goal from the 19 yard line. Brady did miss several throws either behind or too high for receivers, but was also victimized by a couple drops from Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman, his two most reliable targets. While he didn't play at an elite level, Brady was solid against the Jets, which is what the Patriots need, especially on nights when time of possession is 40:00 to 20:00 in the opposing team's favor.
2014 Week 8 vs CHI (30 / 35 / 354 / 5 / 0 pass, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)
Apparently the media and Chiefs angered Tom Brady. Brady had another stellar game against the Bears defense, combining good pass protection and a great gameplan to carve up their linebackers and secondary. Most of Brady's passes were of the intermediate variety, mixed in with liberal play action and Rob Gronkowski getting back to animal status. Brady had no off-target passes, and four of his five incompletions were due to receiver drops. It's clear that Brady has reverted back to top shelf form as Gronkowski has regained his form and as the offensive line has become infinitely better than it was early in the season. Brady's first touchdown pass was a 6 yard toss to Gronkowski from under center. Gronkowski faced one-on-one coverage and ran towards the corner of the endzone. In a great display of trust, Brady threw the ball before Gronkowski had even turned around, and the big tight end did the rest. Brady's second touchdown was a simple 1 yard play action pass to Tim Wright stemming from a run formation which found Wright wide open, as most of the Bears defense bit on the fake. Brady's third touchdown was another 1 on 1 situation with Gronk where the tight end beat his defender on a fade route, jumped up, snared the ball, and barely made the catch. The ball was bobbled at the bottom, but replay upheld the touchdown ruling. The fourth touchdown of Brady's day was again a 1on1 situation from the 9 yard line. This time, Brandon Lafell simply beat his cornerback off the snap, making the connection an easy one. The last touchdown was easily the highlight play of the day, but it was all Gronkowski. A 46 yard connection, Brady threw the ball to Gronkowski about 12 yards down the field, and Gronk beat one defender while running the route, stiff armed another defender like a ragdoll, and outran a third defender en route to one of the best touchdowns of the week. This was easily Brady's best day from an individual standpoint on the season, and there were really no blemishes to speak of.
Latest NewsPatriots | Tom Brady will play in Week 9 (Fri Oct 31, 06:18 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) practiced in full Friday, Oct. 31, and is probable for Week 9 against the Denver Broncos. Patriots | Tom Brady practices fully (Thu Oct 30, 04:25 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) practiced fully Thursday, Oct. 30. link to story Patriots | Tom Brady takes part in practice (Wed Oct 29, 04:51 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 29. Our View: Brady/Manning XVI coming up on Sunday! We cannot wait for this epic showdown. Brady will have his hands full against a dangerous Broncos pass rush.
link to story Patriots | Tom Brady stays red hot (Sun Oct 26, 05:12 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady completed 30 of his 35 pass attempts for 354 yards and five touchdowns in Week 8 against the Chicago Bears. After a slow start to the season, Brady has thrown for 1,268 yards, 14 touchdowns and no interceptions over the past four games. Sunday marked the sixth time in his career he threw five or more touchdowns in a single game. His 148.4 passer rating was the eighth best of his career. Our View: Brady had one of the most efficient games in NFL history. He is at peak form heading into a showdown with Peyton Manning next week.
link to story Patriots | Tom Brady productive in first half (Sun Oct 26, 02:33 PM) - New England Patriots QB Tom Brady went 18-for-21 for 203 yards and four touchdowns in the first half of the team's Week 8 game. Our View: The Bears had their worst first half in their franchise's long and storied history. Brady and the Patriots offense is just fine heading into the second half of the season.
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