Tom Brady vs Peyton Manning - NFL Highlights (by Ben Patterson)
Must-read as Nick Underhill grades the film…
All the stuff about Tom Brady struggling earlier in the year? Throw it out. The Pats QB has put together three consecutive solid performances now, and what he did against the Broncos may be his best showing of the year. With temperatures low enough to make you swear, which is likely what Manning did after several of his throws, Brady whipped the ball around the field like it was nothing. His performance in the third quarter was nothing short of stunning. After struggling to move the ball in the first half, he came out and completed 12-of-14 passes, throwing into the wind, for 163 yards and two touchdowns. Most of Brady’s damage was done over the short area over the middle of the field, though he did complete 12 passes outside the numbers. Brady was blitzed on nine attempts and completed eight of his passes.
I’ll give FoPP’er Jerry Thornton the final word on the Broncos game. Still a good chance we see these Broncos again, but it’s time to turn the page and focus on winning the last six games and wrapping up a first round bye, if not the number one seed.
Time to officially turn the page to the Broncos, arguably the marquee matchup of the NFL season, though both teams have been hit hard with injuries this season.
The big question is whether or not Aqib Talib is going to play. Dennard is already out. Kyle Arrington is fighting through a groin issue. If the Pats don’t have Talib it could get ugly.
All this led to speculation the Pats should sign Ras-I Dowling off the Jets’ practice squad. If Talib can’t go I’d be all for it. Otherwise it’s Logan Ryan and gimpy Arrington against the high-powered Broncos offense and oh boy…
At least if Talib can’t go, I pray Welker can’t either. Regardless Ninkovich, Chandler and the rest of the DL will need a big day to contain Manning and pals.
We’ll find out just how much grit this 2013 Pats team has Sunday night, that’s for sure.
I’ll be live-blogging tonight’s game so there won’t be much from me on the blog or twitter until afterwards. I’ll send up a link to the live blog once I’m up and running over there.
For now just this little bit of history being made tonight…
Tonight will be Brady’s 185th start under Belichick - most by a QB under 1 HC in @nfl history, passing Marino & Shula (184)— New England Patriots (@Patriots) November 18, 2013