Tom Savage, DeShone Kizer, Brett Hundley have better passer ratings than Tom Brady
Following the New England Patriots falling to the Miami Dolphins on Monday night, there has been much chatter surrounding the play of quarterback Tom Brady.
He has had a noticeable drop in production that has drawn some level of concern from the outside that his age could finally be catching up to him. With that notion in mind, Brady has posted lower passer ratings than a few other lower-tier quarterbacks over the last two weeks, according to James Palmer of NFL Network.
What do Tom Savage, DeShone Kizer, and Brett Hundley have in common? They all have a higher passer rating than Tom Brady’s 68.9 mark in the last two weeks.
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) December 14, 2017
Let that sink in for a minute. Tom Savage, DeShone Kizer and Brett Hundley all have better passer ratings than Tom Brady. Amazing.
The 40-year-old has struggled over the last two weeks to perform at the level that many have grown quite accustomed to seeing from him, as he’s thrown three interceptions with one touchdown over that span. However, these raw numbers would normally draw some concern there was some reasoning behind the dip.
In the 23-3 win over the Buffalo Bills back on Dec. 3, Brady threw for 258 passing yards with an interception. What should be taken into consideration is that the Patriots had rushed for 191 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Bills, which didn’t require a heavy dosage of the five-time Super Bowl champion.
Meanwhile, the loss to the Dolphin on Monday was a porous effort on both ends of the field as the Patriots struggled to get a running game going with just 25 rushing yards on 10 attempts. New England didn’t get much help from their receiving core with the backfield being responsible for 14 of the 24 completions and 108 of the 233 receiving yards that Brady connected with them on the night.
This does put more of an emphasis on Sunday’s matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers with the top overall playoff spot in the AFC hanging in the balance. It could provide a greater indicator of where Brady is at physically at this point of the season and moving forward into the postseason.
Again, even though there’s plenty of reason to believe the number is garbage: Tom Savage, DeShone Kizer, and Brett Hundley have been better than Tom Brady in a certain stat over a specific amount of time.