2. Tom Brady, New England Patriots – Week 6
Not much needs to be said about why Tom Brady is high on this list. Largely considered the greatest quarterback to ever command a huddle, Brady and company will face Big Blue in Foxborough for a primetime Thursday night contest in week six.
Despite the loss of Hall-of-Fame tight end Rob Gronkowski to retirement, Brady still has the advantage of an improved running game and offensive line, as well as new weapons in rookie N’Keal Harry and veteran receiver Demaryius Thomas.
Brady can make all the throws, understands how to break down defenses and expose weaknesses, can rely on his running game, and is no stranger to close games or comeback scenarios. The only chink in his armor is that he won’t beat you with his legs.
Fortunately, the New York Giants have historically found a way to keep games close playing New England and Tom Brady. The two Super Bowl wins obviously come to mind, but outside of those, the four regular season matchups taking on Brady have been decided by a total of 19 points.
In his career (including the post-season), here’s how Brady has performed vs the G-Men:
- Record: 3-3
- 150/243 (61%)
- 87.6 QBR
- 1,686 yards
- 9 touchdowns
- 4 interceptions
- 15 sacks
If the New York Giants want any chance of leaving Foxborough with a win, disrupting Tom Brady and keeping him from controlling the pace of the game will be the biggest factor.
That was the recipe in 2008, when the Big Blue defense got to Brady five times and completely shut down one of the most high-powered offenses in league history during Super Bowl XLII.