How many times in past years have we counted the New England Patriots out after an early season snafu? Too many times.
Tom Brady, arguably the greatest to ever play the quarterback position, became only the third QB in NFL history to throw 500 touchdown passes in an easy win over Indianapolis. Only Peyton Manning (539) and Brett Favre (508) have thrown more.
New England struggled in their first two games to find their rhythm and, as usual, questions emerged about whether Brady was too old or Bill Belichick had lost some of his magic touch. Hogwash! The Patriots routed Indianapolis, building an early, insurmountable lead before cruising to a 14 point victory, 38-24.
Brady, whose body and mind seem timeless, threw his first touchdown pass on Oct. 14, 2001 to Terry Glenn. He is one of only two players to throw more than 50 TD’s in a season, the other being Manning. Now, he looks to continue his dominance to spark New England towards another Super Bowl run.
Thursday night, playing on short rest, Brady was vintage Brady. He lit the board up for 341 yards and three touchdowns, while scoring another on a quarterback sneak. Two weeks ago, the Patriots were two games back in their division, and a loss to Miami would put them three back. A win against the Dolphins, coupled with Thursday night’s dominance, and New England is knocking on the door of another divisional lead.
“What he has accomplished in his career is unbelievable,” said tight end Rob Gronkowski. “It is an honor and a privilege to play with him.”
New England now gets the weekend off, plus all of next week before traveling to Chicago in Week 7.