2017 Grade: .573
2017 3rd Down: .734
Week 1 vs. Kansas City: It’s extremely rare that the Patriots lose a game in Foxboro under the Belichick and Brady reign. What’s not uncommon, is Tom Brady shaking off rust early in the season. His accuracy wasn’t as on point as usual, he looked uneasy in the pocket and his lower-body-mechanics were stagnant. This wasn’t an age thing, or a collapse thing, he just had an off night – it happens.
Week 2 at New Orleans: As if we needed another history lesson from Tom Brady, counting him out is not something smart people do. After a lackluster week one, Brady was dynamic in week two. His subtle pocket movement, and the ability to not lose any accuracy under duress, is what makes him so special. The same way pass rushers complained about being a fraction of a second late to Dan Marino, Tom Brady shows off that same trait – time and time again.
Week 3 vs. Houston: Despite putting the ball on the carpet three times, Brady still had an exemplary game. Those plays cost him some points (lack of awareness of backside pressure + poor ball security in the pocket), but he made some positively dazzling throws. On third down, he was an absolute menace, registering nine points on eight drop backs. He isn’t slowing down any time soon.
Week 4 vs. Carolina: Magnifying holes in Brady’s game is a more illuminating task than it is with other quarterbacks. The misses here and there, with most others, are shrugged off – but not with Brady. He had a few misses in this game that we really just aren’t accustomed to seeing. The miss to Dwayne Allen begs the idea of an older, tired arm. I know better than to jump to that conclusion, but it’s something to keep an eye on as the season gets into November and December.
Week 5 at Tampa Bay: Despite having accuracy issues, Tom Brady still had a solid game. He made a couple of nice touch throws on the sideline, he took what the defense gave him, and was dependable on third down. It’s rare to see Brady miss multiple throws a game, or to see him neglect an open target, but he committed both demerits on Thursday. Even Brady’s bad night is an above average score for the rest of the league.
Week 6 at New York Jets: After the first 25 minutes of this game tape (game time, not real time) I was ready to eviscerate Brady. He missed a wide-open post route to Brandin Cooks, was behind on a third down throw to Chris Hogan and made a terrible decision that should’ve resulted in a pick. Then the real Tom Brady showed up, and he was dominant. His corner route to Cooks that set-up the Pats first touchdown was a thing of beauty.