The Patriots’ GOAT Returns in Full Force, Demolishes Opposition
by Jack Robinson on Friday, October 21st, 2016
After a four game suspension, Tom Brady has finally returned to the New England Patriots and is arguably better than ever. In his first game back, Brady — one of the leading all-time NFL quarterbacks for 400+ games — threw over 400 yards for three touchdowns and led the Patriots to a 33-13 win over the Cleveland Browns. This game wasn’t supposed to be an easy win for the Patriots, since the Browns have one of the top defenses in the NFL, but Brady completely dominated and proved to everyone, especially Roger Goodell, that he is the best quarterback of all time.
Without Brady, New England fans cautiously hoped that the Patriots might win two of the four games during his suspension. But, even with an injured Jimmy Garoppolo and rookie Jacoby Brissett as quarterback, they still managed to go 3-1, only losing to the Buffalo Bills. Brissett, the third-string rookie quarterback, definitely exceeded people’s expectations in his first NFL game against the Houston Texans. However, he struggled against the Bills defense in week four. When Brady returned in week five, the Patriots’ defense and offense performed like a championship squad.
In game six this past week, the Patriots had a rough first half against the Cincinnati Bengals, but they came out strong in the third quarter. Brady threw 376 yards, including seven passes to Rob Gronkowski for 162 yards. The Brady-Gronk duo is often unstoppable for the Patriots, and seeing them back together was exciting for all fans. LeGarrette Blount has quietly put together a tremendous season and added to that on Sunday, with 50 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Surprisingly, Julian Edelman has not had the best season. Except for game one, Edelman has been a non-factor. Usually Brady’s go-to third-down conversion pass receiver, Edelman still has not caught a touchdown this season. However, Martellus Bennett has proved himself to be a huge asset for the Patriots, totalling 70 yards with three touchdowns against the Browns.
Based on these early results, the Patriots could go 14-2 now that Brady is back in full force. Their two hardest games will be against the Seattle Seahawks in week ten and the Denver Broncos in week 15. With an otherwise easy schedule, the Patriots could coast into the postseason.
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