By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
Tom Brady did it all on Saturday against the Bills. He threw the ball efficiently and accurately. He scrambled. He snuck the ball. He play-faked like a magician.
But his most memorable highlight was probably the block he threw on Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White as teammate N'Keal Harry ran the ball to the edge on a reverse. Brady didn't just say "boo!" or distract White - he legitimately threw his body and chopped White down to the turf. And White definitely would have at least had a chance to stop Harry before he picked up the first down.
Brady had a pretty funny self-evaluation after the game.
"I’m pretty poor at just about everything other than throwing the ball. So, I was trying to just get in his way," said Brady. "But, it was a good, hard run by N’Keal [Harry] and it was a good play in the game."
Tom to Rex to N'Keal with a block from TB12. @TomBrady | @NkealHarry15 https://t.co/WPeoJrcu0g
It often looks so plodding and clunky whenever Brady tries to do anything that isn't making a throw. But he makes up for that clunkiness with his football savvy and often makes a play out of it anyway. Really he had no business closing on White, one of the bigger, faster outside cornerbacks in the NFL. But Brady just has too much experience with this kind of stuff.
“He’s gutsy, man," said starting center Ted Karras. "He does what it takes to win. That’s my guy.”
Passing-wise, it was Brady's best game in a while. He posted his highest passer rating (111.0) since Week 2, going 26-for-33 for 271 yards and a touchdown. He also had a touchdown to Ben Watson wiped out by an offensive pass interference penalty on Julian Edelman.
But you could make a case that Saturday was Brady's best game of the season period, especially considering what was at stake for both teams. So perhaps it was a bit premature - again - for all the professional opinion-havers to throw dirt on Brady and the Patriots this time.
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