While the New England Patriots are ready to begin Year 2 of the post Tom Brady era, Brady is still plying his trade at an elite level as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as evidenced by his dominant performance to open up the season against the Cowboys.
He looked just as dominant as he did when he and Julian Edelman were winning titles.
Taking on a Dallas defense full of young players and a new coordinator in Dan Quinn, Brady completed 32 of his 50 passes for 379 yards and four touchdowns.
While he threw two interceptions, the first came on a dropped pass by Leonard Fournette that should’ve been reeled in and the second came on a Hail Mary.
It was clear to anyone watching that despite the fact some errant Greg Zuerlein kicks helped Tampa Bay pull out the win, Brady is just as sharp as ever at age 44. As someone who knows firsthand what Brady can do when he gets hot, Edelman put out a short tweet praising TB12 after another virtuoso performance.
Edelman simply tweeted the “goat” emoji after Tampa Bay kicked a game-winning field goal that gave Brady a victory in his 300th career start. He may not be a Patriot anymore, but all of New England can get behind Brady playing well with the Bucs.
Patriots: Julian Edelman praised Tom Brady after he owned the Cowboys.
After years of criticism from haters claiming that Brady’s success was dependant on the infrastructure around him in New England, all he did last year was win a Super Bowl despite being a Wild Card team and having no real offseason due to the pandemic.
While Edelman has retired, he is clearly still invested in the Patriots and anything to do with No. 12. With all of the talent Tampa Bay has on the offensive end, this won’t be the last time that Brady uncorks a ridiculous passing performance like this.
Brady will make his return to his old stomping grounds in Week 4, fresh off matchups against the Falcons and Rams. Based on this game, Brady could be among the league leaders in most major passing categories by the time he returns.
The Patriots are moving ahead with the Mac Jones era, and they’ll ease him into life in the NFL with two straight games against divisional rivals in the Dolphins and Jets. As marquee of an attraction as he could be, Edelman and thousands of Patriots fans will have their eyes on Brady’s performance.