Cam Outshines Brady in Week One
It wasn’t the greatest of starts Sunday for Tom Brady in his new role as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signal caller. The Patriots, on the other hand, looked pretty darn good with Cam Newton under center.
Brady certainly had a tough opponent in a tough environment against the Drew Brees led Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, but it just wasn’t the Tom Brady we are used to seeing week-in and week-out. Yes, it's only week one, and its too early to say if Brady’s move will be a good one or not… but it just wasn’t a stellar beginning.
Brady got off to a terrific start driving his new team 85 yards downfield and taking the ball into the end zone himself on a 2-yard sneak. It just wasn't that great after that. Besides his rushing touchdown, Brady went 23 of 36 for 239 passing yards with 2 touchdown passes, 2 picks, and he was sacked 3 times. Not the worst numbers in the world for an average quarterback… just not very Tom Brady-like in his teams 34-23 loss.
The Patriots on the other hand may not have looked like Superbowl contenders Sunday, but their outcome was much better, and Cam Newton was certainly serviceable. Newton didn’t put up massive numbers (15 of 19, 155 yards passing, 0 TD’s), but he also didn’t throw any interceptions in the Patriots 21-11 win over the lowly Miami Dolphins under Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Not much. It’s week-one and there was no preseason. The Tom Brady and the Buccaneers will play their home-opener against Cam Newton's old team, the Carolina Panthers next weekend. The Patriots on the other hand will have a tough road match-up against the Seahawks in Seattle. How these teams respond in week-two will say more to me that what they did in week-one.