Tom Terrific is back.
Playing in his first regular season game in a year, Tom Brady threw two touchdowns to Benjamin Watson in the game’s waning minutes to rally the Patriots to a dramatic 25-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football.
Stymied for much of the game, Brady and the Pats benefited from a major stroke of luck as Bills’ kickoff returner Leodis McKelvin fumbled the ball after Brady’s first touchdown pass had cut the Bills’ lead to five points. Kicker Stephen Gostkowski recovered.
Brady needed just three plays to find Watson for the winning score.
The two-time Super Bowl MVP, recent husband and impending father looked rusty for much of the contest.
Whether Brady can regain his MVP form of 2007, a year in which he threw a record 50 touchdowns in leading the Patriots to an undefeated regular season, is a question that will be answered in the upcoming weeks.
While waiting and watching, fans hungry to learn more about the unflappable Michigan grad who was drafted in the sixth round of the 2000 draft have at least two books to read.
David Halberstam’s The Education of a Coach is ostensibly about Bill Belichik, but has a lot of information about Brady. In particular, it talks about a point during a game against the San Diego Chargers during the 2001 season in which Brady evaded the pass rush and made an in-play adjustment that Drew Bledsoe, the starter for whom he was filling in, never would have made.
That quality of vision was what convinced Belichik to make the unusual and bold decision to keep Brady as the starter even after Bledsoe had recovered.
Moving the Chains is Charlie Pierce’s take on Brady’s childhood, college career and early years in the NFL. The author of Hard to Forget: An Alzheimer’s Story has done more compelling writing, and the book does have information in which Brady junkies might be interested.
Will Brady regain his vintage form? If not, will Belichik cut him loose, as he did with Bernie Kosar and Bledsoe earlier in his career? How will the Patriots do this year?