Tom Terrific quiets criticsTosses five TDs in just one quarter
Anyone still think there is something wrong with Tom Brady?
In one of the finest 15-minute performances in NFL history, the New England Patriots all-world quarterback stepped on to the snowy turf at Gillette Stadium and braved icy winds and driving flurries to finally shut up his legions of doubters yesterday afternoon.
Battling both the wintery elements and the critics who questioned his lukewarm 3-2 start to the season, Brady produced one of the greatest quarters ever enjoyed by an individual player.
Impervious to how his surgically repaired knee would hold up on the slick Foxborough track, Brady set a modern-day NFL record for most touchdown passes in a single quarter by tossing five in the second stanza of the Pats' 59-0 humiliation of the hapless Tennessee Titans. No quarterback had thrown that many scoring passes in a quarter since 1950, long before the NFL-AFL merger.
"When you first see the weather forecast (Friday), you're kind of pissed," Brady said. "But when you're out there warming up, you're saying: 'This is football weather.' "
The questioning of Brady's performance through the first five weeks of the season was a bit silly. He still was playing above average, which obviously is not acceptable when your name is Tom Brady.
But yesterday, it was superstar Brady who was on display.
On a day when fellow quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger (417 yards), Drew Brees (four TDs), Matt Schaub (four TDs), Aaron Rodgers (358 yards) and Brett Favre (three TDs) were posting huge numbers, Brady outshone them all, throwing six touchdowns before finally being given the rest of the day off in the third quarter.
What's wrong with Tom Brady?
Nothing at all.
Paying the Bills
In a preview of the Dec. 3 Bills-Jets matchup at the Rogers Centre, Buffalo tied a franchise record with six interceptions, five off rookie Mark Sanchez. The Bills' improbable 16-13 overtime win means the Jets have dropped three consecutive games. The bloom certainly has come off the rose known as Sanchez, whose quarterback rating was a pathetic 8.3. A perfect rating is 158.6, to put things in perspective. Bills starting quarterback Trent Edwards, meanwhile, was knocked out of the game with a concussion. We can only imagine how peeved Jets head coach Rex Ryan is today, especially after his team stomped over the Bills for 318 rushing yards ... and still lost.
How long before Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder fires coach Jim Zorn? A 14-6 loss to the lowly Kansas City Chiefs has the Skins just 2-4 and looking for answers. "It's my responsibility," said Zorn, who had his play-calling duties revoked after the game ... Favre for MVP? He's definitely an early candidate after leading the Vikings to the go-ahead field goal that put them up 33-31, then watching the Ravens miss a last-minute attempt. Never before has Favre led a team to a 6-0 record ... Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey gained revenge against his former team by scoring a touchdown in a 48-27 thrashing of the Giants, leaving New Orleans 5-0 and dropping New York to 5-1. "All week long he was pretty tame. But you knew inside he was ready to explode," Brees said.