The New England Patriots have been one of the dominant forces in the National Football League for almost two decades and the main reason for their consistency at the top has been down to Tom Brady’s ability at the quarterback position.
When the Patriots selected Brady with the 199th pick in the 2000 NFL Draft, nobody expected the former Michigan man to break into the starting roster let alone enjoy an illustrious career at the top level. During his time at Gillette Stadium, Brady has won four Super Bowl rings, three Super Bowl MVP awards and 11 Pro Bowl selections – achievements that show just how impressive he has been for the franchise.
His longevity and desire to win at the highest level is unrivalled in the sport and he will almost certainly go down alongside Joe Montana and Peyton Manning as one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. As of December 16th, the Patriots quarterback has more professional victories than anybody else and a fifth Super Bowl ring will give Brady fans more ammo over Manning supporters…
Brady is having an MVP year and he is actually recording career-best statistics on a weekly basis. At the time of writing, the Patriots star has thrown 22 touchdown passes and just two interceptions this year; with a passer rating of 113.6. To put this year’s achievements into perspective, Brady has only recorded one season with a higher rating – and New England went 16-0 in that particular campaign.
At 39 years old, Brady is turning back the clock and he looks well placed to secure yet another regular season MVP award unless Ezekiel Elliott can somehow break Eric Dickerson’s rushing record in the coming weeks.
The Patriots, currently 11-2 on the year, are almost certainly going to secure home advantage throughout the playoffs and that more or less means that Bill Belichick’s men WILL reach the Super Bowl once again. New England are currently 5/2 to win the showpiece event in Paddy Power’s Super Bowl betting odds and their home form in January is simply sublime; the Patriots don’t lose in January.
Belichick has guided his side to the AFC Championship game in each of the last five years and it would take a brave man to back against the AFC East champions this season. Even with Rob Gronkowski ruled out, Brady’s form gives New England a fantastic chance of success; especially if the running game continues to prosper.
LeGarrette Blount is giving Brady some much-needed help out of the back-field and his form is keeping opposing defensive units honest; which is giving the 39-year-old plenty of scope to try and open up the play action passing game. As long as Blount maintains his aggressive north-south running style, the Patriots will prosper on offense and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see Belichick lean on the running back as the weather gets colder.
However, there is only one main man on this offense and his name is Tom Brady. With the Patriots star in fine form, a Super Bowl return beckons – and a fifth ring could follow at the end of the campaign.