By Eric Schmidt

It’s no secret that the New England Patriots offense has struggled this season. QB Tom Brady has struggled to find a chemistry with a seemingly never ending assortment of receivers. Brady has been frustrated at times this season on and off the season. After a remarkable, last second win over the New Orleans Saints in week six, Brady was asked by WEEI the next day how the Patriots were 5-1 at that point in the season. He responded, “That’s a good question.”

Some pregame shows on Sunday suggested that if Tom Brady struggled on Sunday, perhaps the team should consider benching him and putting Ryan Mallett in the lineup. Well, be careful when you are writing off Tom Brady.

No one could have imagined the offensive explosion that came out of the Patriots on Sunday. Brady led a unit that recorded 33 first downs while grinding out 610 yards of offense. New England scored 55 points on the Pittsburgh Steelers, the most ever scored on a Steelers team in their 81-year history.

Brady was on fire Sunday. He completed 22 of 33 for 432 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions while posting a near perfect 151.8 passer rating. With his performance Sunday, he vaulted into the top-10 ranked quarterbacks. Yes, statistically speaking, Brady is having a down year. Yardage totals, touchdowns and accuracy is off this year.

But, the bottom line is that he’s managed to help guide the Patriots to a 7-2 record heading into their bye week and that’s all that really matters at the end of the day. Bench Brady in favor of Ryan Mallett? Seriously?

 

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