On Sunday night, Tom Brady posted a photo on Facebook of his television in front of him, Jason Garrett staring right back. His feet were kicked back, nestled into a pair of UGG slippers. His caption read, “back at it tomorrow… All eyes on the Cowboys.”
For a guy who spent nearly four months (officially) fighting an investigation against the NFL that threatened the “integrity of the game,” the defending Super Bowl champion and MVP appears to be right back in his comfort zone.
The New England Patriots were at risk of losing their franchise quarterback for up to four games, which included playing against Antonio Brown and a ferocious Buffalo defense on the road.
Then the NFL, once again, failed to follow the legal standards in federal court, and suddenly – Brady is back.
The Patriots picked up right where they left off last year. The team is 3-0, and the offense ranks first in yards per game (446.3) and in points per game (39.7). They won their home opener against Pittsburgh, won a shootout in Buffalo, and crushed Jacksonville. In his last game, Brady threw his 400th touchdown pass, becoming the fourth in league history to do so. The others? Peyton, Favre, and Marino.
DeflateGate was displayed everywhere, it had taken over the NFL’s news feed all summer long. Brady, however, was hardly distracted by it. He ran onto the field on opening day and executed to perfection, just like he’s done in years past.
Though he may have had scandal written all over him over the years, Brady still performs on the field completely unfazed. His legacy grew with his Super Bowl win last year, but it may be sealed if he propels the Patriots to another division title and another playoff run.
But first things first – all eyes on the Cowboys next week.