By the point Justin Herbert began highschool, Tom Brady had performed 5 Tremendous Bowls and gained three of them. There was no means highschool freshman Herbert would have believed you if you happen to had informed him that in the future he would play Brady.
However that is precisely what occurred on Sunday. Herbert, the formidable 22-year-old rookie quarterback for Chargers, who wasn’t imagined to be beginning anytime quickly, went head to toe with the perfect of all time and virtually hit him. The rookie was 20:25 for 290 yards, three touchdowns and an interception on the third begin of his profession, and LA was forward of the Bucs within the fourth quarter. Herbert flashed a gun arm, shocking the demeanor and skill to remain in a troublesome sport till the tip.
The issue was that the 43-year-old beginning quarterback can nonetheless play on the opposite sideline.
Brady, in his first yr as a privateer after 20 years with the Patriots, should not have regarded a lot totally different to Herbert on Sunday than he did when he noticed Brady on TV when he was a child. The previous man shrugged off an early interception and completed the 30-for-46 race for 349 yards and 5 Touchdowns to 5 totally different recipients. Classic Brady and his Bucs got here again after trailing 24-7 within the first half to beat Herbert and the Chargers 38:31.
The Buccaneers are 3-1 and first within the NFC South. Their solely defeat was the season opener in New Orleans. Brady has performed two video games with out his finest recipient, Chris Godwin, and at Tampa Bay offensively injured accidents had been a giant a part of the story. Brady is getting used to a brand new offense for the primary time in twenty years and has the Bucs at or earlier than what they’d hoped for at that time. He’s making believers of these of us who’ve anticipated a sluggish begin. He hums alongside at an unprecedented age. Fairly quickly the entire stuff he mentioned about playing till he was 45 will not sound foolish anymore. Someway it does not.
So yeah, our week four overreactions begin with the most recent episode of “Tom vs. Time” and are nonetheless ready for the one the place Time wins.
Brady will play for the Buccaneers for greater than two years
Brady signed a two-year cope with Tampa Bay after leaving New England, which suggests he plans to play there at the least 43 and 44 years previous. His coach Bruce Arians is thought for crafting an offense a sensible quarterback can thrive in, and even if you happen to thought Brady bodily misplaced a step, his QB smarts are little question about it. Evidently each time he falls behind, he makes historical past. Sunday he turned the oldest participant in NFL historical past to throw 5 landing passes in a single sport. (Warren Moon, a relatively younger 40-year-old from 1997, had the report.) And since he additionally did it in week Three of 2017, he’s the primary to do it twice after he was 40.
Sunday was additionally the 28th sport (common season and postseason collectively). Brady has returned from double-digit deficit to win, breaking unhealthy luck with Peyton Manning and Dan Marino for many such victories within the Tremendous Bowl period. And it was the eighth time in his profession that he threw 5 landing passes and greater than 300 yards in the identical sport. Solely Drew Brees (9) has extra of it.
The decision: NO OVER-REACTION. How can we doubt this man at this level? I do not know if meaning 45 that he’ll play till He is 45, which might imply he is solely been in Tampa Bay for 2 years or that he desires to play on the Age 45 which might require him to play the 2022 season someplace. Beginning this season must be the onerous half for Brady and he has the Bucs 3-1.
You possibly can wager no matter you want in opposition to him, however till I see the press convention I am not predicting a retirement date for Tommy. I am able to wager this season and do effectively sufficient subsequent yr in Tampa Bay that he nonetheless desires to maintain taking part in.
Dak Prescott was proper to not signal long-term with the Cowboys
Sure that is proper. I am that lonely voice within the wilderness, always attempting to remind you that it wasn’t the Cowboys’ choice to not signal Prescott on a long-term contract this low season. Prescott was additionally concerned on this choice and declined to comply with the crew’s most well-liked contract construction. As a substitute, he wager on himself and his capability to ship a $ 31.four million one-year franchise day. He delivers.
After throwing 502 yards and 4 touchdowns within the Cowboys’ loss to the Browns on Sunday, Prescott has thrown 1,424 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions within the final three video games. Throughout this time he was confronted with 20 deficits, 15 and 27 factors. He is on tempo for a 6,760-yard season with 36 touchdowns. There is no such thing as a rational, pondering particular person on the planet who might objectively consider the proof and conclude that Prescott is even 2% of the rationale the Cowboys are 1-3.
He is imagined to be an unrestricted free agent subsequent yr. Will a crew that simply dropped 31 factors and 333 yards to the Browns within the first half of Sunday’s sport be probably the most enticing choose?
The decision: overreaction. Nearly every little thing concerning the cowboys is an overreaction, and that is no exception. Prescott has usually mentioned he wished to be there long run. The Dallas Cowboys quarterback has many lifelong advantages. Fame. Assist cash. Profitable broadcasting jobs. Prescott is aware of this, and he additionally is aware of he is taking part in on an offensive designed to assist him be one of many absolute high performing quarterbacks within the NFL.
I do not understand how the remaining three quarters of the season will go for the Cowboys, however I do to do I do know half of the remaining video games in Dallas are division video games and the NFC East appears softer than a scorching tub product of cotton sweet. Cowboys administration believes the protection will enhance (how might it not be?) When gamers study the brand new coordinator Mike Nolan’s system. As brutal as their begin was, the Cowboys stay favorites to win the division. And in the event that they try this and win a playoff sport or two, Prescott and the Cowboys step into the following low season attempting to determine a solution to make it work.
Are you able to? I have no idea. However I do not assume it is going to be as a result of he is bored with the place. And I do not assume it is going to go down 20 factors everybody Recreation this yr.
Should you’d closed your eyes for a second in the course of the Browns Cowboys sport, you can have satisfied your self it was 2016 once more. Beckham caught 5 passes, together with two touchdowns within the first half, then put an finish to it, working 50 yards for a landing after the Cowboys reduce the result in three factors within the last 4 minutes. He completed with 154 yards from scrimmage.
He regarded like his previous, electrifying self – the man who set information together with his efficiency in his first three years within the league. Browns followers have been ready to see her since buying and selling for him in March 2019.
Odell Beckham Jr. scores two touchdowns and one landing within the Browns’ 49:38 win over the Cowboys.
The decision: NO OVER-REACTION. I handled Beckham early in his profession and I actually consider the man is being misunderstood. He wasn’t a participant to sulk about not getting sufficient of the ball. He was a participant who had issues together with his mood at the start of his profession and who at all times reacted badly to loss. He misplaced lots. Solely as soon as in his first six NFL seasons did he play for a crew with a successful report. By the tip of Sunday’s sport, he had by no means been on a crew that had gained three of the primary 4 video games.
I do not know if the Browns can go on like this, however they appear to have a plethora of defensive playmakers and – assuming Nick Chubb’s harm is not a season-end – a run-oriented offense that may put them in place to win greater than lose. And in the event that they do, and Beckham is wholesome (which he’s) then there is not any motive to consider the 27-year-old cannot be the sort of hitter he was when he lit up the league from 2014 till ‘ 16.
It is time for Washington to place Dwayne Haskins on the bench
Haskins definitely wasn’t horrible in Sunday’s loss to the Ravens, and sure, it is completely very important that he did not flip the ball. However his complete QBR for the sport was 31.6, which was the worst of Sunday’s early window video games. This after the 30th place in QBR in week 3 (32.7), the 30th place in week 2 (12.7) and the 25th place in week 1 (43.3). He’s at the moment the final within the NFL in QBR.
Haskins just isn’t taking part in effectively and whereas his crew was tied for first place in NFC East till Sunday evening’s sport, his report is 1-3. With Kyle Allen, who began 12 video games for Carolina final yr, and Alex Smith, who could or is probably not wholesome sufficient to play on the bench, Washington is debating whether or not it’d make sense for Haskins to sit down for some time.
The decision: overreaction. People – he is 23rd Sunday was his 11th NFL begin. He learns a brand new offense with out the advantages of OTAs, mini camps, preseason video games, or a lot of a coaching camp. Should you’re at Haskins, what the brand new teaching crew in Washington has been telling individuals publicly and privately, you need to let him take just a few lumps. He isn’t on the market throwing Julio Jones and DeAndre Hopkins in entrance of him with the Colts offensive line.
This can be a yr of rebuilding in Washington and a yr to your younger quarterback to develop and develop so you will discover out what you might have in him. Being tied 3-1 first could be a foul motive to alter, and blaming a 23-year-old for Washington’s troubles could be fairly unfair at this level.
Extra video games must be postponed earlier than the season is over
This was the week NFL followers had been reminded that as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, the league is attempting to play the 2020 season in probably unimaginable circumstances. An eruption within the Titans’ constructing pressured their sport in opposition to the Steelers to be postponed to mid-season. Optimistic checks within the buildings of the patriots and chiefs pressured the postponement of their scheduled sport on Sunday afternoon to Monday night (offered that constructive checks are not displayed on Monday morning). There have been COVID-19 considerations among the many Saints and Vikings this weekend as effectively, regardless of their video games being performed.
The NFL has been saying all alongside that it will possibly’t forestall constructive testing. The concept is to stop the unfold, which is why what occurred in Tennessee is extra annoying than what occurred in New England and Kansas Metropolis. However final week’s information put the league’s testing and phone tracing practices on the spot, reminding us all that this yr is unprecedented challenges.
The decision: NO OVER-REACTION. You’d need to be a idiot to consider that is the tip. The virus stays current on the earth and the NFL just isn’t immune. The league is investigating what occurred this week, adjusting its procedures accordingly, investigating what went unsuitable in Tennessee and who could also be accountable. It ought to come out of week four and be higher knowledgeable about easy methods to cope with it, and higher ready to reply when extra issues inevitably come up.
Adam Schefter explains how the NFL will cope with the Titans’ coronavirus outbreak and the flexibleness to plan for the rest of the season.
As we’ve got been writing for the reason that summer time, this is not going to be a good season. The Chiefs are actually imagined to play three video games in 10 days. The Steelers and Titans had left too quickly. It stays potential that extra video games will should be postponed and even canceled, that the postseason will should be postponed to accommodate schedule modifications, that some groups will play fewer video games than others … that the season will should be canceled solely.
All of that is still on the desk, and whereas the league’s procedures have labored higher than they beforehand anticipated, it isn’t as much as the NFL whether or not this season goes easily. It is as much as the NFL to arrange, reply, and adapt. Week four was only the start of it.