Tom Brady has not been the same old vintage gun slinger. Brady’s 87.3 passer rating is his lowest in a full season since 2003. He has been sacked 40 times, the most since his first full year in 2001.
The number of times he has been dropped no doubt adds to his awareness of Robert Mathis, who led the NFL with 19 1/2 sacks in the regular season and added one last weekend.
While I still feel the Patriots will give the Colts the business this weekened, I would like to add that Andrew Luck has really turned out to be a super star.
New England (12-4) cruised to a 59-24 win Nov. 18, 2012, in the last matchup. Brady went 24 of 35 for 331 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions, while Luck was 27 of 50 for 334 yards, two scores and three INTs.
Brady will definitely need some help this week from his supporting cast, but don’t count out Andrew Luck.