The ball is rolling. Brady is back. The New England Patriots have won their last two games by a combined 38 points. Plenty claimed once Brady returned the Patriots would win out, but how many actually believed it?
In the two weeks that Brady has actually played, he has already thrown for six touchdowns, and near 1000 yards. He is averaging a completion percentage of 76% and QBR rating of 92. Needless to say, the statistics speak for themselves, but it is how crisp Brady looks off of the stat sheet.
Brady looks great, the receivers look great, I am very pleased with the defense, heck even the special teams play looks good (other than Gostowski's misses thus far). Overall, the team looks to be in good shape. They are pounding their competition right now.
Though last week's battle with Cincinnati seemed to be a tough one at halftime, the Patriots bounced back with a tremendous second half performance, outscoring the Bengals 25-10 in the third and fourth quarter of the game.
Prior to that game, their outing in Cleveland seemed to be just how any fan would expect it. They were in complete control of the game, for the entire game. That scored could've been even worse. The defense only allowed 13 total points, but it could've been even less.
If the past two weeks are any indication of what is to come, the Patriots are looking at a great season. The only two true challenges, I thought to be, were heading into Pittsburgh and Denver. The Steelers are unbelievably good and playing in Denver is always a challenge for Brady. However, the Steelers will be without QB Ben Roethlisberger in week 7 against the Pats. Roethlisberger is having surgery to repair his meniscus and his return is unclear.
So, if they can get through playing at Denver, it is possible the Patriots win out for the remainder of the season.
Also, Dion Lewis is indeed eligible to return in week 7, but it may not be the most intelligent move to rush him back so soon. However, once he is rearing and ready to go, the Patriots will be even better and even more unstoppable.
Can they be stopped?
Just wait and see...