Tom Brady’s return from his four game suspension went about as well as expected. Brady showed no signs of rust throwing for 406 yards, and 3 touchdowns.
Brady sure seemed to enjoy his two new weapons, Martellus Bennett and Chris Hogan. Both players had big days and looked as if they’d been playing with Brady in this offense for years. Bennett caught 6 passes, 3 of which went for touchdowns, while Hogan added 4 catches for 114 yards. It’s hard to believe this was both players first regular season game with Brady.
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Through 5 games, Bennett has played like the best tight end in the league. He has quickly become a favorite target of Brady, and seems to make a big play every time he gets the ball in his hands. Although it’s still early, I believe we are witnessing the best tight end combination in NFL history in Bennett and Rob Gronkowski.
While not flashy, Hogan gives the Patriots a deep threat that they’ve been lacking for years. Even though Hogan does not have great speed, he always seems to get open deep. On the season he is averaging a little over 19 yards a reception. This is a welcomed sight for Patriots fans, who have clamored for a deep threat for years.
Week 5 was the first time we got to see this offense fully equipped, and it was a great first showing. The rest of the league has officially been put on notice. With Tom Brady at the helm, this offense will be nightmare for any defense that crosses their path.