It seems like every time the Patriots lose, all of the Brady haters and critics come out of the woodwork to bash the 40-year-old Quarterback and signal the demise of his career. The sky is falling in New England and Brady is done. Time and time again these same “haters” and “naysayers” are proven wrong by the greatest man to ever play the position. There is no doubt the Patriots lacked execution and played poorly in the second half on opening night, but no team bounces back after tough losses like New England.
After an extra three days to think about the loss and a long week of grueling practice, Bill Belichick had his team ready to go in Week 2. Tom Brady and the Patriots went on the road and beat a team with a great Head Coach in in Sean Payton and an all-time QB in Drew Brees in decisive fashion. Not only did Brady not show any signs of decline despite what many out there mistakenly led viewers and readers to believe, but he went out and posted the best first quarter performance of his entire career. How’s that for a statement?
Brady finished his afternoon a whopping 30-of-39 throwing for 447 yards and 3 touchdowns. Brady threw all three touchdown passes in a historic first quarter for the QB including dropping an absolute dime to RB Rex Burkehead that you can relive in the video below. The Patriots offense was also an impressive 5-for-5 on third down conversions in the first quarter that saw the Patriots open up to a 20-3 lead over New Orleans.
The Patriots executed in all three phases and it was crucial to their big 36-20 victory over the Saints on the road. Nothing told the story more than when the Patriots got the offense off the field and the field goal unit on to add three points before the half with the clock rolling and only 13 seconds remaining. There isn’t another team in the league that can get their unit on the field and set in order to put points on the board before time expired. It comes down to coaching, game-planning and repetition. The Patriots shine above the competition in all three areas.
The New England defense also rebounded after a poor opening game agaisnt the Chiefs holding the Saints explosive offense in check despite missing their defensive leader in Dont’a Hightower. Young players such as Jonathan Jones, Adam Butler and Deatrich Wise shined through in the Patriots win leading to a much-improved performance for Matt Patricia’s unit.
Tom Brady did a great job all day of avoiding the pressure and finding his open receivers to put points on the board. Rob Gronkowski was back in form as well pulling in 6 receptions for 116 yards and a score. The Patriots will look to build off their impressive win as they return home to play the Houston Texans next week.
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