The New England Patriots certainly have a depleted roster heading into tonight’s showdown with the New York Jets. No Danny Amendola, no Rob Gronkowski, no Shane Vereen who was just placed on IR with a broken wrist, and there’s a good chance the team will also be without wide receiver Aaron Dobson and tight end Zach Sudfeld.
The Patriots also lost Wes Welker to the Broncos, and everyone knows where Aaron Hernandez is. The number 1 receiver in tonight’s game is going to be Julian Edelman who has 76 career catches, and Michael Hoomanawanui is going to start at tight end. He began the season as the 3rd tight end on the depth chart.
Sounds like a recipe for disaster, and many are suddenly doubting the Patriots offense being able to put up points. If there’s one thing you should know about the NFL, it’s that you should never under any circumstance doubt Tom Brady.
He has an unbelievable reputation of making below average, to good players look like Pro-Bowlers. Wes Welker was a no-name before he and Tom Brady got to know each other. We all know how that turned out.
In 2006, the Patriots receiving core consisted of Reche Caldwell, Doug Gabriel, Chad Jackson, and a 35-year-old Troy Brown. Not exactly an eye-popping group.
That season, Brady threw 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, good for a 2:1 TD to interception ratio. The Patriots won the AFC East and went all the way to the AFC Championship game. The Patriots led by as many as 18 in that game, but Peyton Manning finally got over the hump and led the Colts to a stunning comeback win 38-34.
Although in week 1 against the Bills last Sunday, there were some major communication issues, it doesn’t matter who Brady is throwing to. He will find a way to be successful and get the job done.
He’s been doing it his whole career, and there’s no reason why he wouldn’t be able to do it tonight against the Jets. A stat everyone should know is that when Brady and the Pats host a rookie quarterback in Foxborough, Brady has never lost and his team wins by an average of 23 points.
So before everyone starts thinking the Jets are going to win this game, just remember that #12 is still the quarterback.