QB Tom Brady - New England Patriots
|6-4, 210||Born: 8-3-1977||College: Michigan||Drafted: Round 6, pick 2000|
News you need to know
General News (Thu Jan 31): could have his contract extended after the season, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss. Brady would currently count $27 million against the cap in 2019.
General News (Tue Jan 29): is 16-1 when facing a postseason opponent he did not play earlier that season. The one, of course, is the Eagles last year.
General News (Mon Jan 28): said Sunday, Jan. 27, there is "zero" chance Super Bowl LIII will be his last game.
Week 21: at Los Angeles Rams
FBG says: Neutral matchup. Tom Brady continues to show that in the playoffs he is just a different quarterback than the regular season. In each of his last two games, Brady has thrown for over 340 yards in both games and has now thrown for over 300 yards in 11 of his last 14 playoff games. This is a unit that has been able to identify the pre-snap read and get the ball out of Brady's hands quickly to James White, Julian Edelman or even Rob Gronkowski who had a vintage Gronkowski game against the Chiefs last week. This is a unit that will take whatever mismatch the defense is willing to give up with the variety of playmakers that the Patriots have on the field. The Rams secondary continues to be a unit that has largely underperformed this season. While the unit has dealt with injuries primarily to Aqib Talib who missed a large portion of the year, the Rams have been a unit that has been a merely average team against the pass compared to the expectations heading into this season with the acquisitions of Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters. Peters has been extremely disappointing and will be matched up this week against a combination of Phillip Dorsett and Chris Hogan. The good news for the Rams this week is that their strength is at the slot corner position as Nickell Robey-Coleman has been one of the best slot corners in the league this year and could pose problems for Julian Edelman in this game. The one concern for the Rams could be their ability to cover Rob Gronkowski in this game as the team has allowed seven tight ends this season to go for over 50 yards and five tight ends to go for over 90 yards.
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Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24
Tom Brady's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 20 vs KC (30 / 46 / 348 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
It wasn't his greatest performance, but Tom Brady came up clutch when it mattered most, aided once again by a good run game and amazing o-line performances. By far the most egregious play was Brady's red zone interception, which was a poor throw and poor display of vision. The play came off play action in a run formation with a tight end running up the middle. However, two defenders were in position to make a play, and Brady still threw the ball anyway. It erased sure points from the board. His second interception was a throw off Julian Edelman's fingertips. The ball could have been placed better, but Edelman should have caught the ball regardless. His touchdown was a deep ball to Phillip Dorsett, who had a great concentration grab while being covered to go along with a great catch. However, Brady's performance will likely be remembered for overtime, where he absolutely drilled three critical third down passes to keep the engine humming and eventually cap off the win. These included two 3rd-and-10 conversions and a 3rd and 5 that went to Julian Edelman and Gronk, his most trusted veteran receivers. As aforementioned, his offensive line played absolutely stellar, as Brady was barely touched at all on the day, allowing his receivers to get open. The hunt for ring number 6 is one game away.
2018 Week 19 vs LAC (34 / 44 / 343 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)
Talk about a vintage performance. Though there were ups and downs during the season, Tom Brady and the Pats team as a whole absolutely dominated the Chargers. Perhaps the biggest surprise was how dominant the o-line was, manhandling the Chargers vaunted d-line in run and pass protection. Give the GOAT quarterback time, and he's bound to beat you up. Brady particularly zeroed in on Julian Edelman and James White, who the Chargers had no answer for. In fact, those two alone received a whopping 30 targets. The running game was also firing on all cylinders, which kept the Chargers off balance. Brady 'only' had 1 touchdown, and it was a relatively easy score to Phillip Dorsett, who beat his man right off the line. That said, there were a number of 'wow' throws from Brady, including a few absolutely pinpoint lasers into tight spaces. There isn't much else to say about the performance, though the Pats will need a repeat to have a chance against a much more difficult Chiefs team.
2018 Week 17 vs NYJ (24 / 33 / 250 / 4 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
In what you'd call a "complete win", the Pats absolutely dominated the Jets, and Tom Brady played well despite the lack of Josh Gordon. It seems there was a concerted effort to get the ball to Chris Hogan, who was often left with soft/off coverage, allowing several short pass attempts. Brady's first touchdown was to James White on an easy slant from White, who had a linebacker to beat in coverage. His second was a nice lob to Rex Burkhead, a throw Brady needs to make routine. His third touchdown was a rolling move to his right, fired into Phillip Dorsett for the score on a nice catch. And finally, Brady hit Julian Edelman on a short toss to complete his 4 touchdown day, one of his best statistically on the season. Brady spread the ball well to other receivers, and had adequate time to throw the ball. Game situation also made it somewhat of a breeze in the second half. The Pats will need a performance like this to advance in the playoffs.
2018 Week 16 vs BUF (13 / 24 / 126 / 1 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Tom Brady had a quiet game against the Buffalo Bills in the fantasy football championship week. New England's game plan was to run on Buffalo's defense. The plan was successful and New England was able to establish an early lead and continue leaning on the run. The game plan left Brady with low passing volume. Brady struggled with his accuracy, missing multiple throws underneath to James White and took few chances with his throws. Brady was intercepted twice, once on an apparent miscommunication with Rex Burkhead that a Buffalo defender made a good interception on, and the second a throw to Rob Gronkowski that was tipped. Brady's touchdown was a throw to Julian Edelman where it looked like Edelman was down by contact but never touched down and scored a touchdown. Brady will host the New York Jets in week 17 when they play for playoff seeding.
2018 Week 15 vs PIT (25 / 36 / 279 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
In previous weeks when Tom Brady has a down week there are other areas of the team willing and able to step up to take pressure off him. In Week 15 there was little support for Tom Brady. Some of the only support Brady received was from Chris Hogan and the Steelers defensive immaturity. The first offensive play for the Patriots saw the Pittsburgh defense looking into the backfield and allowing Chris Hogan to lose his defender and run untouched to the end zone. After the initial drive, Tom Brady was feeling pressure the rest of the game. Brady did his best to step up in the pocket and evade the pressure. Fortunately, the Steelers were only able to get one sack on Tom Brady. Brady's worst throw of the game came at the worst possible time. It was the fourth quarter and the Patriots were in the end zone. The Steelers brought pressure and Brady did not see Joe Haden when Rob Gronkowski was streaking across the field. Tom Brady threw up a pass with defenders in his face and Joe Haden was able to easily pick off Brady. Late in the fourth quarter Brady again had his shot to tie the game. After leading the Patriots down to the red zone Brady had four shots at the endzone. Brady's last throw was probably his closest to tying the game. The ball was thrown over the head of Edelman. If the pass would have been a few feet lower, it would've hit Edelman in the hands to a touchdown instead of asking him to highpoint a ball over taller defenders.
2018 Week 14 vs MIA (27 / 43 / 358 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Tom Brady played very well against the Dolphins, something that doesn't usually happen when in Miami. He was finding Gronk, Josh Gordon, and Edelman at will, firing throws up and down the field. Granted, there were misses, but he looked better than he has during some weeks. His first touchdown was a short one to Edelman, who pirouetted on the route to get open, reminiscent of a similar route in the Super Bowl win over Atlanta. His second was an absolute laser shot to Cordarrelle Patterson on a 40 yard deep ball in what had to be one of his best touchdown throws of the year. The third was (finally) a red zone touchdown to Gronk, where Brady stepped up to avoid pressure and threaded the needle to his tight end up high. Pressure was up and down, though the run game was stymied, meaning the Pats were fairly one dimensional in terms of success. Brady did have one huge blemish on the day, however. With seconds to go on the clock to end the first half, Brady took a sack with no timeouts left rather than throw the ball away, and he had plenty of opportunity to throw the ball away. It meant the Patriots missed out on a chip shot field goal try, and they ultimately went on to lose the game by 1. Not that the loss was Brady's fault, but a QB of his caliber needs to do better in that situation. He also missed a wide open Chris Hogan for a touchdown because he threw off his back foot on the same drive. Still, his actual play was a promising sign, as was Gronk's involvement.
2018 Week 13 vs MIN (24 / 32 / 311 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)
This was one of those luxury days for Tom Brady. He didn't need to be on his A game, as the Pats defense completely dominated the Vikings to the tune of 10 total points, shutting down Diggs and Thielen in the process. Many of the throws on the day were short passes, working the flats, etc, particularly early in the game. Brady's lone touchdown was to a wide open Josh Gordon who sat in the middle of zone coverage then raced into the end zone. The "big" milestone was Brady hitting 1,000 career rushing yards on what was a very quick QB scramble/draw, something we may never see again. Brady's deep ball was once again iffy - as an example, he completed a deeper pass to Patterson for about 30 yards in the air, but it was barely at Patterson's shoetops. Brady's interception was a bad one, with the ball thrown right to a defender on an out route. Beyond that, it was a fairly unremarkable outing, taking what the Vikings defense gave. Rain also had a slight hand at points in the game, but not enough to cause serious dagame.
2018 Week 12 vs NYJ (20 / 31 / 283 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Continuing the up and down season for the Pats offense, and in particular the o-line, Tom Brady held up reasonably well on most snaps and had time to execute his offense. There weren't many close calls, though Brady's deep ball is still noticeably weaker than it was last year. That said, there were still several chunk plays against the Jets, including Rob Gronkowski's sweet deep touchdown catch. Brady threw the ball to Gronk about 35 or 40 yards in the air, and Gronk grabbed the ball while being pasted by a defender. It was great to see Gronk make the catch given his recent injuries and lack of touchdowns. However, Brady did try to force a few passes to Gronk, particularly in the end zone, and the ball should have gone elsewhere. Brady's second touchdown was a catch and run by Julian Edelman, who had about 15 yards YAC, including smashing into a couple defenders near the goal line. Brady was also aided by a strong run game performance. Outside of a few questionable drives, the bye week clearly helped.
2018 Week 10 vs TEN (21 / 41 / 254 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
In what amounted to a dominating performance by the Titans defense, Tom Brady was continually harassed, and the Patriots offense as a whole was embarrassed. He received no help from the run game, and when he did have time, there were a few off throws and a couple cases of the dropsies. Add it all up, and it was likely an anomaly for a normally great offense. The Pats o-line is fairly banged up and players were rotating in and out, but that was perhaps the biggest reason for the dismal day. The field position game was also a huge factor, as the Titans continually worked with short fields while the Pats had much tougher spots to work with. Credit the Titans for shutting down James White as well, who was removed from the game almost entirely as an x factor. The theme here was the domination by the Titans defense - unless this becomes a theme, it's tough to read too much into this performance. The bye week comes at a good time.
2018 Week 9 vs GB (22 / 35 / 294 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / -1 / 0 rush)
Once again, Tom Brady did what he needed to do to get a win. Against the Packers, credit goes to the New England defense, who surprisingly did a good job pressuring Aaron Rodgers and held the Packers to only 17 points. Brady was put in good spots, protection was adequate, and he received good receiver support, including his 55 yard touchdown to Josh Gordon. On the play, Brady faked one way, threw to Gordon, who broke an arm tackle then proceeded to house the pass for a score. He could have had more touchdowns, but the Patriots actually scored three times on the ground. His other highlight was a flea flicker to Julian Edelman (who threw a pass of his own later), where Edelman was wide open thanks to the trickery. Unlike several of his games, there weren't as many egregious off target throws or interceptable passes. It is also worth noting he once again operated without Gronk, but that didn't effect the operation too much, as the aforementioned Gordon and James White connections were in full gear. All systems go as the team continues into the back half of the season.
2018 Week 8 vs BUF (29 / 45 / 324 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
It wasn't pretty, but Brady managed to get it done, thanks in large part to his defense and a nearly non-existent Bills offense. The Pats offense was able to move the ball on several drives, but completely bogged down in the red zone. In fact, the only offensive touchdown came off a great catch by Gronk that set the Pats up at the 1 yard line. For his part, Brady was pressured a decent amount, but had several bad decisions. He was very lucky to escape with no interceptions, all said, as he threw 2 or 3 passes that probably should have been picked off. However, he did have a couple great throws, as well as a key "block" for a Julian Edelman run on a 3rd down. Credit the Bills for their defense rising up to the challenge for more than half the game, but the Pats simply had too many weapons at the end.
2018 Week 7 vs CHI (25 / 36 / 277 / 3 / 1 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Tom Brady did what he had to do once again, this time playing the shootout game with the Chicago Bears. It was an odd day given that Gronk wasn't playing and Sony Michel got hurt on his 4th carry of the game. Pass protection was adequate, but it was notable that Khalil Mack and Leonard Floyd seemed to drop back into coverage a ton instead of rushing the passer. Two of Brady's touchdown were to James White - one out of the flat and another on a sweep route. The aforementioned Floyd was in coverage on one of the touchdowns, which is about as big a mismatch as you'll find. Brady's other touchdown was a screen to Julian Edelman, who bull rushed his way into the end zone. Connection with Josh Gordon continued to develop, including a 4th down sky ball and a 55 yard catch and run. These passes were in critical situations and once again Gordon played heavy snaps. Brady's interception was a drop by James Develin that went into a defender's hands, which is Brady's third such interception this season. The offense continues to click as time goes on, as the Pats have now scored 38+ points in 4 straight games.
2018 Week 6 vs KC (24 / 35 / 340 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 2 / 1 rush)
Tom Brady needed to keep up in a shootout, and he did just that, playing well beyond one huge blemish that could have cost his team the win. There was a reasonable amount of time for him to throw, and the ground game was working very well, as one can surmise from the score. Brady actually targeted Josh Gordon more than any other receiver, and Gordon also played more snaps than any other receiver, signaling that the duo is ready to rock. They were off on a couple throws from a timing perspective, but also connected well on slant routes, and had a 37 yard P.I. call to the 1 yard line. Brady's lone passing touchdown was to Julian Edelman on a nicely lofted floating ball over coverage. Brady also scrambled for another touchdown, though it seemed to happen in slow motion given his speed. He should have been sacked on the play, but the rushing defender let up because he thought Brady threw the ball. The play may not have happened had Brady hit Edelman on an out route on the prior play, as Edelman could have scored. His bad play on the night was a costly fumble in his own territory that should have never happened. Brady ran around looking for an open receiver, but held on to the ball far far too long, allowing pass rushers to eventually get home and strip the ball. It was a play Brady himself said was terrible, as he should have thrown the ball away well beforehand. Beyond that, Brady carved up the Chiefs defense, especially in the 4th quarter, including the game winning drive. As expected, the offense continues to progress.
2018 Week 5 vs IND (34 / 44 / 341 / 3 / 2 pass, 3 / -1 / 1 rush)
It was a good day for the Pats and Tom Brady, as they stormed their way to a decisive victory. Brady integrated Julian Edelman right back into the mix, throwing his way 3 times on the first drive of the game. Though Edelman was rusty, it was clear his presence made a difference for Brady and the Pats. Brady's two big blemishes on the day were an overthrow of James White on a deep shot that White could have scored on, and an underthrow to Josh Gordon on the very next play. The interceptions weren't his fault, as they were both off drops by Chris Hogan and Gronk. His three touchdowns were fairly easy. One was to Cordarrelle Patterson on a 1 yard screen play. The second was to James White who was left open after a post route from the backfield. The third was a total deep ball prayer in the direction of Josh Gordon, who managed to snag it around two defenders. Pass protection was good, as was the run game, which aided Brady's cause. All in all, a good day for a guy who hit the 500 career touchdown mark.
2018 Week 4 vs MIA (23 / 35 / 274 / 3 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
The score doesn't show it, but the Pats blowout of the Dolphins was due in large part to the run game and defense. Tom Brady played decently, but had several errant throws and decisions. This included a near interception in the red zone and a miss to Cordarrelle Patterson on a slant route from the goal line. Brady's first interception was a terrible deep throw to Phillip Dorsett who was smothered in coverage and one of the more questionable decisions he's made period. The second was a throw as he was getting drilled by a defender, which is more forgivable. On the plus side was his touchdown toss to James White, which was a nice deep floated ball between defenders as he was once again getting hit. His first touchdown was an easy one to Patterson, who was able to get open via a pick route from Josh Gordon. The second was more of a product of a great catch by Phillip Dorsett, who caught a pass while making a front flip in midair. Brady was aided by a run game firing much better than it did last week, and a defense that absolutely clamped down on the Dolphins. As Gordon gets further integrated and Edelman returns, Brady should continue to improve.
2018 Week 3 vs DET (14 / 26 / 133 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Talk about an ugly game. The Patriots were thoroughly outclassed for the second week in a row, and Tom Brady was no exception. A combination of awful defense, terrible playcalling, forcing a non-existent run game, weak passing game options, mediocre pass protection, and spotty QB play resulted in a game that should have been a bigger blowout. Despite being hampered by these things, Brady didn't light the world on fire. He missed open throws, including a surefire Rex Burkhead touchdown. His interception was an ugly one, floating a deep ball into double coverage when Phillip Dorsett was smothered in coverage. It was clear his 'weapons' were frustrating him, as the Lions simply double and triple teamed Gronk, giving him nowhere to go on most plays. The Pats were also dominated in time of possession in the first half due to a combo of three and outs on offense and sustained Lions drives on defense. The aforementioned playcalling was notable for Brady as well. Beyond one third quarter drive when the Pats look like themselves, it seemed the coaching staff was forcing the issue with Sony Michel, who had no run blocking and frankly, didn't look special at all. Better days should be ahead with Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon joining the fold on offense, but if the defense doesn't shape up, the Pats will have serious issues that could result in either shootouts or limited Brady throws, as we saw this week.
2018 Week 2 vs JAX (24 / 35 / 234 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 10 / 0 rush)
Unable to get anything going for most of the day, Brady and the Pats offense as a whole were sluggish and at times, manhandled by the Jaguars defensive unit. As a result, the Pats didn't even score a touchdown. The defense did no favors either, and the game was nearly over at halftime, with a 21-3 deficit and the Jags receiving the ball first in the second half. Brady was under pressure plenty during the game, and curiously missed Gronk on several 1 on 1 opportunities. Most of his passes were out fairly quickly, but as routes didn't fully develop on many plays, he was forced to throw short to James White often. Brady did have a fumble on a sack due to immediate pressure given up by L'Adrian Waddle, which absolutely killed momentum, as the Pats D had just intercepted a ball of their own. The run game was absolutely horrendous as well, getting no significant plays of note despite over 20 rushing attempts. All in all, it was a forgettable performance for the offense, defense, and coaching staff all together.
2018 Week 1 vs HOU (26 / 39 / 277 / 3 / 1 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Brady and the Pats offense came firing out of the gate, then slowed down a bit in the second half as the Texans defense found their legs. With an injury to Jeremy Hill, Sony Michel out, and the rest of the running game producing middling results, Brady was relied upon as usual to help carry the team despite a dearth of pass catchers. Only 13 of Brady's 39 attempts went to wide receivers, while 17 went to running backs. Unsurprisingly, his best connections were with Gronk, though Philip Dorsett played a surprisingly efficient chain mover role. Brady's first touchdown was a nice throw to Gronk placed just near the big tight end's back shoulder near the end zone on a deeper ball. Gronk was double covered, but naturally made the catch and scored anyways. The next two scores were fairly easy - one was to a wide open James White out of the backfield, and the other was to Dorsett on an out route. Brady did misfire several throws, including an easy touchdown toss to Rex Burkhead. All in all, though, he looked like the same old star for much of the game.
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