In case you’ve been living under a rock you heard the news that Tom Brady had to have surgery on his knee again. Rumor has it that the Pats are pretty pissed about the whole thing. See the Pats wanted Brady to have the procedure done in Boston, Tom opted to listen to his family and have the surgery in California.
Well, the rumor circulating yesterday was that Tom may not be back for the 2009 season if complications keep happening. I’ve even heard worse case scenarios in which Brady could never play again, could lose the lower half of his leg to infection, and even death. The latter stuff of course is under a worst case scenario where he doesn’t have the infections treated.
Well, he’s treating with antibiotics to make sure that the infection doesn’t spread and the worst case scenarios don’t happen. So as the headline says, I’m not worried.
Onto this week. Which Patriots team is going to show up? The one that allowed the Chargers to destroy them, or the one that beat the snot out of the Broncos. It’ll be interesting to say the least.
We all know the game plan for the Chargers was to stop LT. Which of course allowed Philip Rivers to pass against an inferior Patriots secondary. The Pats were scorched for 306 yards and three scores. They held LT under 100 yards and allowed no rushing touchdowns.
Knowing all this you have to wonder if Belichick would use the same kind of game plan against Steven Jackson. Up until last week Jackson hasn’t been the stud he’s been the past few years. In fact last week was only his second 100+ rushing game of the year and three of his four touchdowns were scored against the Cowboys.
The Pats are a three point favorite this week. With the prospect of no Sammy Morris or LaMont Jordan the running burder looks to fall on Kevin Faulk and Benjarvus Green-Ellis. So ultimately the game is going to fall on the shoulders of AFC Player of the Week, Matt Cassel.
Hopefully we don’t see a lot of Cassel-face. Green-Ellis looked good in his time last Monday and should be good enough to take some of the pressure off Cassel. I say the Pats pull this one out, handily. Pats win 34-13.
Back Monday with a recap.