By Chris Horne, howiGit Contributing Writer, Wrentham (Foxboro land), MA
Yesterday during his press conference, Tom Brady had a lot to say about this Sunday’s opponent, the Buffalo Bills. If you lack the time to listen to or read it, allow me to paraphrase:
“The Bills are good…we need to prepare well to win…the Bills are better than last year…football cliche about working hard…the Bills have good players…blah, blah…It should be a fun weekend.“
All those words are mine, except for that last sentence.
“It should be a fun weekend.”
Now, I know what you’re thinking. This statement is nothing. An uncontroversial, meaningless quote. This is the non-story equivalent to Ochocinco praising his football team after they win a football game. This is not something worth posting anywhere within Buffalo’s locker room. Brady is praising Buffalo’s improvement, as mundanely and predictably as he praises any other team he’s about to beat.
But that’s the surface. Let’s dig in a little, Tedy Bruschi style, and read this a slightly different way. I think deep down, and maybe Brady’s not even consciously realizing this, but, somewhere within him, he knows that he and his pass offense brethren are going to absolutely shred the Bills secondary, and this, consequently, will make his weekend quite fun. I am confident he thinks this because:
1. Last week, Jason Campbell threw for 323 yards and 2 TDs against Buffalo. His top receivers in the game were rookie Denarius Moore and Derek Hagan. Not exactly world-beaters. And, that’s not even to mention that Jason Campbell is Jason Campbell.
2. Last week, Brady threw for 423 yards and 3 TD’s against San Diego who actually has a pretty talented secondary (Sanders, Jammer, Weddle). This week he faces Buffalo’s secondary. I don’t have to individually name Buffalo’s secondary because you already know them collectively as “those clowns who gave up 300 yards passing to Jason Campbell.”
3. The Pats haven’t lost to the Bills since 2003. 2003! Time counts among its “Best Inventions of 2003″ things such as “the camera phone.” Fountains of Wayne were getting spins nationwide in 2003. The Bills haven’t beaten the Pats since that Drew Bledsoe fluke win 56 (dog) years ago. Needless to say, this is a long-ass time to go without beating a team you play twice every single year.
God damn, even if Brady didn’t mean this as trash talk – which, yeah…he probably didn’t – you should now be thoroughly enthralled for Sunday because it’s going to be plenty of fun*. Allow me to take a page out of Brady’s playbook and implore everyone watching this game to start drinking early once again. In my eyes, a 1 P.M. start still gives you plenty of time to get lubed up.
*Unless, like me, you’re one of the 27% of people starting Ryan Fitzpatrick in fantasy this week. Shit.