If you watched yesterday’s game, more than likely you are ready for an unbelievable season. Here are some aspects to look back on from yesterday’s play:
- Tom Brady Is Still An Elite Quarterback
He may not reach his 2007 peak, but Brady is playing some of the best football of his career. Last night, Brady completed 25 of his 32 passes for 288 yards, four touchdowns, and zero interceptions. At one point, Brady completed 19 consecutive passes, a Patriots record.
Not only did Brady put up terrific statistics, but he also showed us why he is one of the best leaders in NFL history. The way he commands the field, his presence, his on field demeanor, all of these things catch your eye immediately.
- Antonio Brown Is The Most Well Rounded Receiver In The NFL
This goes without saying; Antonio Brown is a tremendous receiver, one of the best in the NFL. But, after watching last night; a game in which the Steelers’ number two receiver, Martavis Bryant, and their starting running back, Le’Veon Bell were suspended, I now believe Brown is the best receiver in the NFL.
The Patriots knew the Steelers priority on offense was to get the ball to Brown. Without Bryant and Bell, the Patriots could focus solely on Brown. Despite, routinely being double and triple teamed, Brown consistently found himself wide open. He finished the game with nine catches, 133 yards, and a touchdown. Whether he was cutting across the middle from slot, or running a streak from the outside, Brown successfully found a way to get open.
- Dion Lewis Is A Perfect Fit For The Patriots’ Offense
After spending the previous two seasons out of football, Dion Lewis found himself starting for the defending Super Bowl champions on opening night.
Despite many questions regarding his ability to be a starting running back, Lewis performed to par, finishing with 110 total yards from scrimmage (69 Rushing and 51 Receiving). He fits perfectly in the Patriots fast, up-tempo offense, in which Tom Brady gets rid of the football very fast.
By Sean Mason