One of the most intriguing subplots in the National Football League this year is seeing who will perform better throughout the season – Bill Belichick or Tom Brady.
Brady and the Bucs did not look sharp, Belichick’s Patriots were solid enough to beat a rebuilding Dolphins team, and Mitch Trubisky led an actual comeback. Brady playing poorly and the Pats winning wasn’t surprising but Trubisky leading the Bears in a fourth-quarter comeback is yet another example of how unbelievably wacky the year 2020 has been. Stealing a line from Ghostbusters – dogs and cats living together…mass hysteria.
As for Brady, at times he made Bucs fans wish Jameis Winston was still throwing interceptions because at least Winston can still air it out. Look to avoid overreacting to Tom Brady’s performance, we will need to give Brady at least 8-games before we proclaim that Gronk and Brady are ready to receive discounts at movie theaters and other places retired people get discounts at.
Brady has work to do before the Bucs welcome the distraught Panthers to town who probably can’t believe how poorly their defense played against the Las Vegas Raiders. Things were so bad for the Panthers defense that they didn’t even force a Derek Carr turnover. Carr who has been sacked 80 times in the last 2 years walked away on Sunday with not being sacked once.
The reality is if Brady can avoid throwing a pick-six for the 4th consecutive game and get on the same page with his wide receivers, the Bucs should be able to handle the Panthers all the way to a one and one record.
While Belichick and the Pats won this week, next week is going to be a completely different ball-game as they travel to Seattle to witness Russell Wilsons’ greatness in person. Wilson, who led the Seahawks to an easy win over the Falcons on Sunday posted MVP caliber numbers. He threw 4 TDs and completed 31 of 35 passes for 322 yards.
One of the great things about Belichick is you never really know what you’re going to get from week to week. Hell, on Sunday I saw Belichick cut off the arms of a dudes suit in a Subway commercial. Look, if the Pats roll out the same week 1 game plan that resulted in just 155 yards passing then they will get crushed by the Seahawks. Sure in Sunday’s win Cam Newton rushed for 75 yards and scored 2 touchdowns, but the Dolphins didn’t have Jamal Adams lurking around the line of scrimmage.
The cold harsh reality is at some point in the next couple of games, all the media pundits will be proved correct that the Pats don’t have enough weapons on offense. Still, I’m not betting against Belichick until he finishes a season 7-9. Belichick 1 – Brady 0.