What did we expect? Bill Belichick does not sleepwalk through football games, but there was every opportunity to on Saturday. The Patriots scored their first two touchdowns of the game on simple post routes with no safety help over the top. The second was scored by Matt Lengel, a 25-year-old man from Mechanicsburg, Pa., who has never caught a pass in a professional football game before. When Brady is extremely comfortable, his drop backs take on a near-rhythmic consistency, with a little bounce just before he releases the football. On Saturday, a complete lack of awareness from the Jets secondary allowed the league’s best quarterback to operate like a metronome and complete passes like this.
Shortly after New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made like Doug Flutie midway through the third quarter Saturday, circling back in the pocket to keep the play alive before finding receiver Julian Edelman down the field for a 28-yard gain, the home fans began to cheer “MVP! MVP! MVP!”
It was a fitting chant because on a day in which the Patriots routed the New York Jets 41-3, Brady might have put the MVP race to bed in the process.
Despite missing practice time this week and popping back up on the injury report with a thigh issue that has lingered since the Seattle game on Nov. 13 TB12 put forth an impressive day in the rain. Bouncing back from last week’s slow start in Denver, Brady completed six of his eight throws in the first quarter for 70 yards and a touchdown against New York. That was on the way to a final stat line that included completing 17 of 27 passes for 214 yards and three touchdowns for a 124.3 rating before he was pulled in favor of backup Jimmy Garoppolo late in the third quarter. Brady moved around and bought time, including an Aaron Rodger’s-like scramble that led to a 28-yard completion to Julian Edelman.