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Is Tom Brady Finally Slowing Down?

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is in line for his lowest passer rating since 2013.

It’s a situation that’s come about as a result of his indifferent form over the last few weeks. Tom Brady has a 7-5 touchdown-to-interception ratio in his last seven games.

Over that span, his passer rating has fallen from 116.5 to 80.6. Against teams with a winning record, that mark is 65.6. Against those teams, he is just about passing 200 yards per game, with 217. He also has a 1-2 TD-INT ratio in those matchups.

If it were any other player, I would be writing about how they are slowing down. However, even at 42, I am reticent to condemn the great Tom Brady.


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What I can definitely say is that it’s a slump, one that culminated against the Eagles on Sunday. Although New England triumphed 17 – 10, Brady had the worst first half of his entire career, incompletions-wise, with 14.

With Brady struggling, the Patriots offense has looked blunt in recent weeks. In each of their last four games, the team’s rushing attack has failed to reach 100 yards. On Sunday, the entire offense finished with less than 300 yards and under 20 points for the second time this year.

New England is still 9 – 1, and on course for the postseason. Brady isn’t letting the almost perfect record blind him to the team’s current issues, though.


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“The strength of our team is our defense and special teams,” Brady said on Monday.

“So on offense, we just have to take advantage when we get opportunities, understand where our strengths lie and try to play to them. Not giving short fields. Not turning the ball over. Try to take advantage when we get into the red area and score touchdowns. That’s kind of where our offense is, and that’s kind of where our team is.”

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